I have downloaded ripbot264 but have not played w/ it much because BD Rebuilder has been working so well for me, but I do plan on checking out this tool
I do have (2) hot swap bays
I ran RAID0 in w/ 1st gen Raptors in my first serious gaming rig, and upgraded to 15k SAS RAID0
Now w/ my Main PC having evolved into being primarily a HTPC I am running a JBOD configuration, both my OS's (32bit/64bit) and a My Documents partition sit on the outside EDGE of a 1500GB HDD which HD Tach reports as 108Mb/s sustained average so I don't really need the speed or the complexity of a RAID array, and I would rather have maximum capacity than redundancy, what I have done is breakup my (8) HDD's into 22 partitions to decrease the chance of losing a lot of movies, in 10 years of PC building I have only lost a HDD once, and that 1 was the only HDD I ever ran w/o a fan blowing directly on it (knock on wood)
W/ 6780GB of storage I only have 650GB left, I will be swapping out 1 of my 500GB drives for a 1500GB drive next week, and as I encode movies to smaller file sizes and gain storage room I will begin to backup my favorite movies
I was doing that for a while but got sick of juggling my partitions and since I am now pulling everything from my server to my HTPC, Laptops, other PC's in the house, and soon to come popcorn hour's it is nice to have everything in one place and not have to worry about losing anything as its running on a redundant array.
lol...I ran scuzzies for a while too man and wasn't overly impressed. This was a few years ago.
Another nice thing about the RAID 5 that I have is that if I need more space I can expand it on the fly by just adding another drive without losing any data. Pop it in>dynamic capacity expansion>expand the partition via diskpart.exe>have an additional 1.5 TB of space just like that. Since I am running 4x1.5 TB drives now and am on an 8 port SATA controller I can expand the array up to 10.5 TB just by adding drives. I'm at 4.5 TB with 4 drives BTW.
The drive cages I was referring to are actually multiple HDD enclosures like the ones in my sig. You can hold 3 HDD's in the space of 2 optical drive bays.
Also with JBOD if you lose 1 drive you lose them all. Even if you have your data spanned across the drives/partitions.
Edited by krazypoloc, 21 February 2009 - 06:29 PM.