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Old 08-07-2014, 12:51 PM   #1
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Suggested drive partitioning for small home server

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I've picked up an HP proliant gen7 to use as a small home server. I have 4 drives installed. One for the OS, one as dedicated backup for my laptop and the remaining two as drives for films and other media.
I was after some advice whether I should keep the two media drives as separate entities or use LVM to have them appear as one.
Obviously a single drive would be preferable for browsing etc, but 2 is more simplistic, and I'm wondering how each scenario would fare if one of the drives were to fail?
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I would do software RAID 5 or two RAID 1s just so a drive failure would not cost me a day of fixing and reloading. Also have a UPS and use Nut to do graceful shutdown on power outage. Once you have pretty reliable hardware you can use LVM to allow you to start with small volumes and add space as required for each area. Export volumes with samba to your Windows laptop.
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I wouldn't use software raid since you have a hardware raid controller built in. While LVM's are nice they can be a source of great frustration should one of the disks fail if you are using a JBOD configuration. If I were in your shoes I would either run two mirrors, a three disk raid 5 array with a hot spare, or a four disk raid 5 array.
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Wow... Thanks for the help guys. To be honest this is my first attempt at setting up a server so was staying simple. Most of the stuff going on the media drives would be 'expendable' so hadn't planned to use raid at all. Again the backup drive is a clone of my laptop so 'shouldn't need redundancy, (I have another copy elsewhere too). Got samba up and running already so may well stick with the current configuration for simplicity.
Thanks again!


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