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Old 04-27-2006, 12:42 PM   #1
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RAID 5 Configuration Question

I'm setting up a RAID 5 array for a media server in my home. I have 5 300GB SATA drives that I am using for the array. I am thinking about configuring the array in one of two ways. (1) Partitioning all 5 drives as one large 300GB partition each, giving me 5 for the array. (2) Partition each drive into 3 100GB partitions, giving me 15 for the array.

Any suggestions or comments regarding performance, problems or anything else would be very helpful. Thank you.


0,0,0 sda - 300GB

0,0,1 sdb - 300GB

1,0,0 sdc - 300GB

1,0,1 sdd - 300GB

2,0,0 sde - 300GB

(N-1)*S = 1.2TB Capacity
No Spare


0,0,0 sda1 - 100GB
sda2 - 100GB
sda3 - 100GB

0,0,1 sdb1 - 100GB
sdb2 - 100GB
sdb3 - 100GB (spare)

1,0,0 sdc1 - 100GB
sdc2 - 100GB
sdc3 - 100GB

1,0,1 sdd1 - 100GB
sdd2 - 100GB
sdd3 - 100GB (spare)

2,0,0 sde1 - 100GB
sde2 - 100GB
sde3 - 100GB

(N-1)*S = 1.2TB Capacity
2 Spares
Old 04-29-2006, 05:51 AM   #2
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the way I'm reading that, option2 would likely decrease performance.

create a raid5 array using 4 drives equaling 900GB free space & 300GB parity info.
Use the 5th drive as a hotadd spare in case of a drive failure.



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