According to spec sheet:
1x HP Embedded Smart Array B110i SATA RAID Controller (RAID 0/1/10) (4 ports for HDD) - It seems i can only do RAID 0/1/10, not sure if it can do other levels.
I'm planing on purchasing 4x 2TB SATA HDD, (Please advise what would be the best option for consumer level drives as enterprise level drives are very expensive)
I would like to use the 250GB SATA HDD as the OS drive, standalone, and add the other 4x 2TB SATA HDD in RAID 10, i would have preferred RAID 5 if possible.
Operating system i'm planning to use is Server 2008 R2 Enterprise SP1.
I've done some light reading regarding TLER and consumer drives dropping out of RAID configs.
Apparently there some consumer drives that would work fine, but i'm not sure which ones, hence the reason i'm asking the experts on Toms Hardware.
Performance is not a major concern. Main objective is to have storage system for media files, accessable over network.
I'm open to alternate ideas and recommendations.
So any advice regarding hard drives, RAID levels, and operating system would be appreciated.
I am searching for a cheap solution for 4 * 2 TB HDD with 24/7 certification.
In my mind a good solution is: Seagate Constellation ES ST32000644NS 7200U/m 64MB 3,5" --> in Germany 181,-- Euro each.
I will put this RAID 5 and buy another HDD to put it into the desk. I think Hotstandby is not neccesary in my case.
RAID 5 is only possible with an extra controller: HP Smart Array P212/256MB SAS Controller (Art.-Nr.: 462834-B21)
Do not use Samsung HDD, you can get in trouble with this. A HP technical advice from a sales man at www.mcl.de