Building a server...Is unraid the answer?
Soon I will be putting together a new Plex server to replace my "temporary" windows 10 box. I have a small issue with hard drive space however...
I have been in the bad habit of just buying 4tb red drives and once they get filled up, buying another and repeating the process. now I have 9 wd red drives that have about, 4tb of free space between them. In addition, I have two extra red drives that I have not used at all yet. So, in reality, I have a grand total of 8 used drives, and 3 free ones.
Now, my new server will have:
24 HDD bays
2 x Intel Xeon E5-2650 2.0GHz 8 Core CPU
8 x 8GB Ram DDR3 ECC PC3 10600R
3 x LSI SAS9211-8i Raid Cards
I was looking at using freenas, however I have concluded that the safest zfs option is raidz2 with 6 drives in each pool. But to do this I would have to buy 3 more drives just to set up the first array and I would lose a lot of usable space, albeit safe.
Then I started looking into unraid as a possible solution. From what I can find, it seems that I can create a new unRAID array and then expand that array with additional drives, thus expanding the overall storage..If I could do that, I could easily move all of my data to the new array and not have to buy more drives yet. However, I have to wonder how safe this is and if one parity drive is enough. Or for that matter, do I have all my drive on one array, or do I split them up?
I guess at this point in my planning stage, while I wait for my server to get here, I want to see what someone else thinks of this solution and if it would do as I need. And, is it possible to have two parity drives with unraid. I cant seem to find any support for dual parity as people just say its best to have backup of your data. But at this point, a full backup of all of my data is not possible so I have to make my solution as reliable as possible.
The more I look into all this, the more confused I get and the more I bounce back and fourth between unraid and freenas lol. I would love to hear some info from people who know what they are talking about. And yes, this will primarily be for a Plex Media Server. Once setup I will be doing other things, like ftp, cloud, backups, etc. but first and foremost, a pms.
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