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Posted · Original PosterOP

Trying to decide on the best method to do a local redundant drive. Now understand, I know that for backups cloud storage or a NAS or other dedicated external solution is best. I don't care. I want to do what I want to do. So given the limitations here we go.

Using my main PC I wan't to have some semblance of automatic parity for active projects and files. A long time ago (2007) I had 4 drive raid array managed through windows that worked fine. Eventually it fell out of sync and while I was able to recover all of my data easily (only 1 drive "failed" to sync) It wouldn't rebuild the array. Whatever, fine, mission accomplished the data was safe.

I want to do something similar again. I'm just using windows 10, I will be upgrading soon (And this won't be setup until I have the new Motherboard). Should I go with another windows raid? Or motherboard raid solution (probably going AMD Ryzen 9 or TR) If so.. Should I bother with Raid 5/10 or just mirror the drives? The primary used of this array will be to dump large collections of files, maybe some active use for large video editing projects. So photo's, rom's, word docs, video files, just locally not over a network so if I decide to mount a rom/play a video file I don't have to wait on the cloud or my home network to keep up or buffer.

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If you're going to be sticking with Windows, either go with Storage Spaces or get a dedicated RAID card like an LSI 9260-8i. 

They're more robust than the legacy raid in Windows, or Motherboard Faux RAID (Intel RST). 


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