I'm running a RAID 5. Do i need to leave free space?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by oxband, Nov 9, 2015.

  1. oxband macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2009
    I've connected four different four TB drives in a RAID 5. This gives me 12TB to play with. I'm editing video with it. I know normally with hard drives you want to keep free space on drives. Do I need to do that with a RAID 5? Given the fact the combined space of the 4 drives is 16TB (although I only have 12TB to play with in the RAID 5 configuration), I wonder if the situation is different.

    So...do I need to leave free space?
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    If you want to optimize performance, do the same things you would do for a 12TB drive. Its not that simple but close enough. RAID 5 adds parity and checksums in what looks like a spare 4TB area.... and some other overhead.

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