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SAFE 33? New HDD's, Theoretical Raid Problems


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Hey everyone, endless thanks for reading. :)

Here's the issue.

I am meaning to get 3TB of storage.

In the form of 2 1.5TB HD's.


Since this is meant for storage, lightning fast speeds won't be necessary.

However, I expect to watch very high res/HD videos from these HD's (upwards of 40Gigs a piece).

I don't want there to be any HDD related hiccups or slow downs.

I will likely be getting eSATA.


For my dual bay enclosure I will most likely be getting this Icy Dock MB662US-2S OR Sans Digital MobileStor.

Possibly even a USB 2.0 enclosure.


Both of the enclosures linked above support my capacity and have eSATA, so great!

The Icy Dock has a raid controller built in, the Sans doesn't :(.


Most likely ill go with icy dock. I have a Dell XPS 435mt, and it has an ICH10 controller.


Either i'll do BIG/jbod (merge the two disks into 1 logical drive).

Or SAFE 33 (33% raid 1, 67% jbod)

I'm just a little worried about the safety of the first choice though.

If 1 drive fails then both disks would be inaccessible!

Also just how good is safe 33?


Ok next thing is choosing a HD..

First Choice (Western Digital 1.5 TB Caviar Green) or Second Choice (SAMSUNG Spinpoint F2EG HD154UI)


Both are considered great from what I hear.. Theyre both 1.5tb and run at around 5400RPM, theyre both quiet and well-priced. The samsung is about 24 bucks cheaper for me right now.

The WD Caviar Green is nice, and its WD.. However even on the icydock page it says that for WD's i need raid edition not desktop.. Raid editions are much more expensive.

So i could do WDTLER and change the read/write time to 7 seconds, and probably get away with the WD.

Or I can get the cheaper Samsung, but how will that fair in Raid (Safe 33)?


That pretty much sums it up.

Right now i'm thinking icy dock + samsung... i just need to know if it will work properly!

I'm willing to spend a max of 350 for the setup, and ideas/options are very welcome..


Thanks in advance,

I really appreciate the help!! :D

Edited by splugedelik

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