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eSATA RAID5 Array

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Tips and Resources' started by jbender19, Jun 4, 2007.

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  1. Jun 4, 2007 #1 of 12
    jbender19

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    Forgive me if this is stated elsewhere, but does anyone actually have eSATA working with a RAID5 array? Theoretically, it should work, but I was hoping someone who has tried it could let me know if there is any noticable performance degradation, etc.

    I'm looking to purchase an external array...something like the silverstone DS351, but I want to maximize my storage. I just can't take the risk of using a RAID 0 config. If one drive fails...I lose everything. :eek2:
     
  2. Jun 4, 2007 #2 of 12
    Tom Robertson

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    Welcome to the forums! :welcome_s (at least to your first post.)

    Don't you know it! I want something to handle all the new HD coming. Earl has a contact (aside from his DIRECTV contacts) planning on marketing a storage array fairly soon, or so I gather. I'm kinda waiting for that and drives to continue to drop in prices before I buy.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  3. Jun 4, 2007 #3 of 12
    RobertE

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    If I was designing the stuff for D*, I'd take external storage to the next level.

    Give me a networked storage device that can be accessed by multiple HR20s.

    Gives the user tons and tons of storage and a nice way to push MRV out the door. :D
     
  4. Jun 4, 2007 #4 of 12
    P Smith

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    E* on last Team Summit demonstrated HP Media Server what support ViP622 ( perhap and ViP211 ). Terabyte, petabytes, whooohooo !
     
  5. Jun 7, 2007 #5 of 12
    GollyGee

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    Standalone RAID 5 controllers are still quite expensive, b/c they take a lot of processing power, and because they require 3 drives minimum, they don't sell in very high volumes.

    There are several RAID10 solutions - basically, a pair of mirrored drives is fast-striped. With RAID5, 3 drives gives you the capacity of 2. With RAID10, 4 drives gives you the capacity of 2, but the speed is better.
     
  6. Jun 7, 2007 #6 of 12
    P Smith

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    WHS (read HP Media Server) use 'span' across ALL existing and future disk(s) installed into the server computer.
     
  7. Jun 8, 2007 #7 of 12
    AlbertZeroK

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    But is very likely not redundant.
     
  8. Jun 8, 2007 #8 of 12
    P Smith

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    Correct.
    But regardless of that feature HP Media Server [used for demonstration at Dish Team Summit] run the MS product [beta now] as external storage for ViP622 and ViP211.
     
  9. Jun 8, 2007 #9 of 12
    Tom Robertson

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    Actually, I believe, but can't prove other than a link to Wikipedia, that the WHS does support drive redundancy.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  10. P Smith

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    Tom, I have it as beta tester and would be _surprized_ if I'll find that feature.
     
  11. GollyGee

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    That's concatenation.
    True, the HR20 will recognize the increased capacity, but if you concatenate storage to a RAID volume attached to the HR20, the HR20 will reformat the entire volume and you'll lose all of your stored recordings.

    For example, let's say you have a 4-drive RAID box with 3 500GB drives, and you format it for 1.5TB. After recording 1.5 TB of your favorite shows, you decide to add a 4th, 1 TB drive. The RAID box will now show a total capacity of 2.5 TB.

    Unfortunately, the software on the DirecTV receiver will see the change, and it will erase the whole volume. Sorry. :(
     
  12. P Smith

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    You didn't read my post #4 - this is a SERVER, like NAS, but not DAS.
     
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