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Topic # 223324 23-Sep-2017 19:10
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 Hi Team,

 

 

 

So I was wanting some advice on what to do with a couple of drives I have in my PC...

 

 

 

So I have 2x 4TB 5400 Hard Drives in Raid 0 , They have 223GB of movies and 2.03 TB of TV Series,

 

 they also use to have my Steam games on them (about 300GB) I have now purchased 2x Sata SSDs 500GB Each and I've put them into Raid 0 and put all my steam games on them.

 

My OS Drive is a Samsung 950 Pro 512GB SSD with 429GB Free. Currently I have 4.99 TB free on my Hard Drive Raid 0, I also have a 5TB external hard drive with a backup of all the movies and tv series I have.

 

But since I don't save movies as often as I use to (I just download watch and delete) and I very rarely watch any of the tv series or movies should I remove the 2x 4TB drives maybe make one into a external drive, Or should I remove one and keep the other one in my system. Or should I just plug in my 5TB external drive whenever I want to watch my saved movies/tv series? I know most people just stream these day's so do I really need all this storage and a backup of it all (It's not important information)  

 

 

 

 

 

Any Ideas?

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks :)


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  Reply # 1871690 23-Sep-2017 20:17
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get a NAS for the content you stream, get it out of the PC and available to other devices without the PC being involved would be my suggestion.





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  Reply # 1871703 23-Sep-2017 20:41
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richms:

 

get a NAS for the content you stream, get it out of the PC and available to other devices without the PC being involved would be my suggestion.

 

 

 

 

So I buy this 

 

https://www.pbtech.co.nz/product/NASSYN02160/Synology-DiskStation-DS216j-2-Bay-NAS-Server-CPU-M

 

 

 

I'm guessing? Would it be easy to setup?


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1871736 23-Sep-2017 22:58
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Not too sure how they handle drives with data already on them. Last I did a synology it seemed to put the OS onto one of the drives, but that was a while ago so they might have grown out of that now.





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  Reply # 1871750 23-Sep-2017 23:16
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richms:

 

Not too sure how they handle drives with data already on them. Last I did a synology it seemed to put the OS onto one of the drives, but that was a while ago so they might have grown out of that now.

 

 

 

 

Oh that's all good I can reformat them that's not a issue as I have a copy of the data on my external hard drive


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  Reply # 1871762 23-Sep-2017 23:58
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What are you trying to accomplish?

 

Also, why RAID 0? I take it your data isn't valuable to you?




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  Reply # 1871769 24-Sep-2017 00:52
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lNomNoml:

 

What are you trying to accomplish?

 

Also, why RAID 0? I take it your data isn't valuable to you?

 

 

 

 

It's not really valuable but it took a lot of time to download all my TV series so I don't really want to lose it, I think a NAS in Raid 1 configuration is the solution I am looking for 


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  Reply # 1871779 24-Sep-2017 07:31
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I wouldn't RAID0 anything without a very careful backup system, and a really good reason. A single SSD is plenty fast enough.

 

I also wouldn't buy a NAS. It's just a small computer that's always turned on using power. Just keep the drives in your computer for storage.





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  Reply # 1871822 24-Sep-2017 09:25
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timmmay:

 

I wouldn't RAID0 anything without a very careful backup system, and a really good reason. A single SSD is plenty fast enough.

 

I also wouldn't buy a NAS. It's just a small computer that's always turned on using power. Just keep the drives in your computer for storage.

 

 

 

 

I have decided Against getting a NAS. Instead I'm going to break up my Raid 0 of 2x 4TB drives and turn them into a Raid 1 that way I don't have to keep turning on my external hard drive every time I need to do a backup.

 

I think it's fine to Raid 0 a couple of SSDs if they only have steam games on them if in the unlikely event that one failed it's just a matter of replacing it rebuilding the Raid 0, the data loss wont matter as the games can just be downloaded again. 


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