Hard Drives for RAID 10 on a Mac Pro

iBeard

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I'm going to buy 4x500GB Hard Drives to set up a RAID 10 on my new Mac Pro. I think I'm either going with the Seagate 7200.10s or the Hitachi T7K500s, but I can't decide which one to go with. I've heard that the Hitachis are better overall drives, but the Seagates do have the longer warranty....

Any advice?

Thanks.
 

BlackDan

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I'd normally ask: why RAID 10? But then I'm always reminded about the lack of RAID 5, even on OSX server... sucks huh?

Apple please - pretty please - fix this :eek:

edit: I mean of course software RAID 5, I know you can have it on the XRAID's ...
 

MacsRgr8

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I'd normally ask: why RAID 10? But then I'm always reminded about the lack of RAID 5, even on OSX server... sucks huh?

Apple please - pretty please - fix this :eek:

edit: I mean of course software RAID 5, I know you can have it on the XRAID's ...
I expected a 3rd party hardware RAID expansion card for the Xserve Xeon by now, but alas...
 

BlackDan

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I expected a 3rd party hardware RAID expansion card for the Xserve Xeon by now, but alas...
I share your pain...
Only thing you can do is get the fibre-card and a raid-array... pretty expensive.

I have a X-serve G5 at work and really don't need all the storage on the Xserve (I have other arrays for that, 10+TB in total actually), but it's just silly that I have 3 drives in the machine and the best I can get is RAID 1 (=stupid, what do I do with the 3rd drive?), 0 (=fast, but increased risk of failure, not very smart in a live production environment) or JBOD (=useless) ...

:mad:
 

MacsRgr8

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You can get a PCI-X hardware RAID card for the Xserve G5! So you can setup the 3 internal drives as a real RAID 5 config.
That is one reason why the Xserve G5 is so gr8. :)

Edit: Take a look at the specs found here.

I tried looking for it on the Store, but it seems you can't get it from there, I'm afraid.

I just wish this option was made available for the Xserve Xeon... :(
 

BlackDan

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You can get a PCI-X hardware RAID card for the Xserve G5! So you can setup the 3 internal drives as a real RAID 5 config.
That is one reason why the Xserve G5 is so gr8. :)

Edit: Take a look at the specs found here.

I tried looking for it on the Store, but it seems you can't get it from there, I'm afraid.

I just wish this option was made available for the Xserve Xeon... :(
yeah, I just want to avoid spending more money on a machine that I'm trying to migrate away from...
 

alfogator

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I'd normally ask: why RAID 10? But then I'm always reminded about the lack of RAID 5, even on OSX server... sucks huh?

Apple please - pretty please - fix this :eek:

edit: I mean of course software RAID 5, I know you can have it on the XRAID's ...
Leopard should include zfs which has software raid: both mirroring (RAID 1 equiv), single parity (RAID 5 equiv) and double parity (RAID 6 equiv). So there's hope :)
 

BlackDan

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Leopard should include zfs which has software raid: both mirroring (RAID 1 equiv), single parity (RAID 5 equiv) and double parity (RAID 6 equiv). So there's hope :)
yeah, if it makes it into the final Leopard Server version, I'm not sure if that's the case.