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sakage.shinga January 26, 2014 11:10 AM

Can my mobo/cpu handle two RAID 1 volumes?
 
Hi guys,

My new build currently already has a RAID 1 volume (2 x WD Red 4TB). I'm thinking of adding a second volume consisting of two WD Red 3TBs. Is this possible? (i.e. it will not slow down my processing speed, load times, etc.)

Also, with the drive cage already having a SSD, a 2TB WD Black gaming drive, and the existing WD Reds, the temperatures are sitting at 23-25 degrees C. If I were to add two additional drives, it'd mean completely filling out the cage. Bad idea?

JD January 26, 2014 06:42 PM

As long as you have enough SATA ports on the same controller, you're good to go.

And your hard drive temps are very low at the moment, so no need to worry there. If anything, people have claimed running them warmer is better.

sakage.shinga January 26, 2014 06:47 PM

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Originally Posted by JD (Post 754607)
As long as you have enough SATA ports on the same controller, you're good to go.

And your hard drive temps are very low at the moment, so no need to worry there. If anything, people have claimed running them warmer is better.

Well after three hours of use and about 300gb data transfer, one of the WD Reds warned up to 45C, and the drive directly below it went to 30. I'm of the understanding that anything below 50C is OK.

JD January 26, 2014 07:54 PM

That's more of a one-off scenario though right? You shouldn't be writing 300GB of data on a daily basis...

Either way, the WD Reds are designed for NAS usage, typically where cooling isn't the greatest as the drives are stacked tightly together. From their spec sheet, they are rated to operate in environments with 70C air-temperature. If the air inside your case is that hot, then you should consider some better fans ;)

sakage.shinga January 27, 2014 08:18 PM

Well I got the extra drives. I had to move the ODD (blu-ray) from the Intel SATA controller to the Asmedia controller. That should be fine, right?

JD January 28, 2014 05:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sakage.shinga (Post 754739)
Well I got the extra drives. I had to move the ODD (blu-ray) from the Intel SATA controller to the Asmedia controller. That should be fine, right?

Yup, that would be my recommended configuration as well.

sakage.shinga January 28, 2014 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by JD (Post 754752)
Yup, that would be my recommended configuration as well.

Thanks for your help!


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