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Advice for a RAID newbie?
Hi guys. First of all, I'm a complete RAID newbie so please bare with me
I've recently bought a HP MicroServer N40L as a dual-purpose NAS/Media Player. It has a 120GB SSD as the main OS (Windows 8) & applications drive and four 3TB Western Digital Red HDDs for storage of my media and data (eg. tv shows, movies, music, photos, documents, etc).
Now I've been advised that because it's a NAS and will be storing a lot of data I should go with a RAID setup to ensure that if a HDD or two fails, the data wont be lost and can be rebuilt if you plug in a HDD(s) to replace the dead or dying ones. Is Drive Pool the solution for me?
I was also told about FlexRAID and have seen people say they're using FlexRAID with
Drive Pool - does that mean I will have to use both? What does FlexRAID do that Drive Pool doesn't and vice-versa?
Alternatively, are there any free options or alternatives to FlexRAID that will offer parity repair and work with Drive Pool? Thanks