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Old September 20, 2013, 05:39 AM
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So, I'm quickly running out of storage on my HTPC. I currently have 2x2TB Greens for media and 1x 1TB Green that I use as a backup drive.

I currently have the 2x2TB greens set up as individual partitions, which was a mistake because it makes navigation complicated when trying to watch TV shows or Movies.

Things I like about the Greens are: Quiet, reliable, energy efficient

Things I don't like about the Greens are: SLOW. They're fine when they're already spinning. But the first moment when you open a folder after a drive has spun down, there is a few seconds of lag, and it's annoying. It affect useability.

Anyway, I would like to expand my storage, and at the same time replace the slow-ass Greens, perhaps relegating them to back-up duty. I would like to perhaps buy 2x 3TB drives and then create one single partition out of them that can be added to when a third drive is bought. Keep in mind the HTPC is on 24/7.

My priorities are (in no particular order):
1)Inexpensive
2)quiet
3)responsive
4)reliable
They don't have to be super fast or anything. My boot partition is on an SSD for this rig, I just want to avoid the excessive spin-up time.

What drives should I buy for this rig?

EDIT: Being that this rig is in the living room, I will take QUIET over Performance. I'd love to have both, but QUIET trumps in this case.
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Old September 20, 2013, 06:42 AM
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Well it may not be your permanent solution, however until you get that all thrown together you could look into Drive Bender. It's a software 'raid' that allows you to balance the load across all your hard drives as well as make it appear to be one virtual drive while still having each drive independent (and accessible if you want). It may help tide you over until you get all the parts and such in. Personally I love it as it supports whatever size drives you have and does support a bit of redundancy if you want it. Now it's not as fast as a true raid, but hell it beats having individual drives. If I recall correctly there is a 30 day trial which should be more than enough time for you to get your permanent solution in place.
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Old September 20, 2013, 06:55 AM
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I'm okay with the status quo right now. We've been living with our media on two separate, slow partitions for over a year now, so we can go for a couple months more.
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Old September 20, 2013, 08:02 AM
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Buy some 3TB WD RED drives, and check out Flexraid. It allows you to have all the drives as one partition as well as set parity drives. The nice part about it is that only the drive being accessed is spinning up, everything else just waits.
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Old September 20, 2013, 08:11 AM
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I was thinking I could just 'extend a partition' within Windows Disk Manager itself. Is there any drawback to doing it this simple way?
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Old September 20, 2013, 08:23 AM
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If one drives dies you lose all your data. Using FlexRaid, if a drive dies and you don't have a parity drive you only lose the data on that specific drive. You also don't need the same size drives, you can move them in/out of the drive pool without screwing everything up as in a normal raid/pooling scenario.
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Old September 20, 2013, 08:56 AM
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I think I may try FlexRAID.

With this program I should be able to RAID my two existing drives into one partition without losing any data, right? And then instead of completely replacing them, I could just start adding new drives to the partition as needed, right? I like this option because it SAVES MONEY! We will make do with the slight performance hit on the greens if it means I don't have to replace my array.
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I think I may try FlexRAID.

With this program I should be able to RAID my two existing drives into one partition without losing any data, right? And then instead of completely replacing them, I could just start adding new drives to the partition as needed, right? I like this option because it SAVES MONEY! We will make do with the slight performance hit on the greens if it means I don't have to replace my array.
Yup Yup Yup! I'm going to eventually do this once my 2x1TB's become full. It has a 30 day trial as well.
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