Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

36 posts


Topic # 179127 27-Aug-2015 14:28
Send private message

I'm building a new PC which has an SSD as system drive then a pair of 2TB hard drives for data. I was planning to mirror using RAID 1, but the question is whether I use hardware RAID (motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-H97M-D3H) or use Storage Spaces under Windows 10.

I've heard murmurs of poor performance under Storage Spaces but on the other hand hardware RAID is often harder to set up.

What is the wisdom of the crowd? Anyone used Storage Spaces under Win10?



Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic
397 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 69

  Reply # 1375280 27-Aug-2015 16:15
One person supports this post
Send private message

The hardware raid isn't true hardware raid on those boards as it requires an OS driver to work and uses the main CPU for processing. Raid 1 is very easy to setup on most machines but my experiences with these sort of hybrid cards hasn't been great, my preference is for pure hardware raid wherever possible.


730 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 236

  Reply # 1375334 27-Aug-2015 17:31
One person supports this post
Send private message

I would use Storage Spaces.

  - It's easier to setup and maintain.
  - More flexible to extend things in the future.
  - Performance will be about the same for both cases. Storage Spaces may even be quicker for RAID 1.

As Mattmannz pointed out, both are software solutions.

/edit: btw only used Storage Spaces on Server 2012. But, Microsoft must have confidence, if they put it in Server.


77 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 17

  Reply # 1379440 3-Sep-2015 22:52
Send private message

Ive used Storage Spaces for nearly 2 years now (windows 8.1) and thats after using the integrated raid controller on Motherboards (mainly intel) for about 3-4 years.

Storage Spaces
Storage spaces has terrible performance in Raid 5 (parity set up). 
Raid 0 and 1 (mirrored and striped) has ok performance (bursts around the 100-120MB/s mark)
Great for moving the drives between Windows based machines (ie take out your storage spaces HDDs and plug them into any other Win 8/.1/10 computer and Storage Spaces will work as it always has. 
Parity (raid 5) is extremely slow in Storage Spaces (around the 30-40MB/s burst mark). Do not use unless its for backups of some sort. I havent tested it in Win 10 though to see if its improved. 

Integrated raid controller on MB
Faster performance in Raid 0, 1, 1+0 and Raid 5 than storage spaces. Raid 0 will burst to around 150-180Mbs. 
Its not a "true" hardware based raid but they usually have a chip on the MB for the raid controller but offloads the processes to the CPU. 
If you change motherboards be prepared to lose your raid (and all data on the drives). I learnt the hard way going to a diff MB with a diff Storage controller chip. Lost 3TB of data. 

13245 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2216


  Reply # 1379488 4-Sep-2015 07:31
Send private message

I've used storage spaces for a year or so, set up as 2x4TB in a mirror. They work well. I have it set to protect both files and directory information, which I don't think is the default. I think there is some performance overhead for random reads, but all in all it works just like a regularly hard drive and is easily fast enough for both day to day computing and dealing with 1000 RAW images at a time (20GB or so of data).

AWS Certified Solution Architect Professional, Sysop Administrator Associate, and Developer Associate
TOGAF certified enterprise architect
Professional photographer

Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Netatmo launches smart home products in New Zealand
Posted 20-Nov-2017 20:06

Huawei Mate 10: Punchy, long battery life, artificial intelligence
Posted 20-Nov-2017 16:30

Propel launch Disney Star Wars Laser Battle Drones
Posted 19-Nov-2017 21:26

UFB killer app: Speed
Posted 17-Nov-2017 17:01

The case for RSS — MacSparky
Posted 13-Nov-2017 14:35

WordPress and Indieweb: Take control of your online presence — 6:30 GridAKL Nov 30
Posted 11-Nov-2017 13:43

Chorus reveals technology upgrade for schools, students
Posted 10-Nov-2017 10:28

Vodafone says Internet of Things (IoT) crucial for digital transformation
Posted 10-Nov-2017 10:06

Police and Facebook launch AMBER Alerts system in NZ
Posted 9-Nov-2017 10:49

Amazon debuts Fire TV Stick Basic Edition in over 100 new countries
Posted 8-Nov-2017 05:34

Vodafone VoIP transition to start this month
Posted 7-Nov-2017 12:33

Spark enhances IoT network capability
Posted 7-Nov-2017 11:33

Vocus NZ sale and broadband competition
Posted 6-Nov-2017 14:36

Hawaiki reaches key milestone in landmark deep-sea fibre project
Posted 4-Nov-2017 13:53

Countdown launches new proximity online shopping app
Posted 4-Nov-2017 13:50

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.