Hello. I have a quick question. I'm looking to buy some Western Digital RE 2Tb drives. I can not afford to fill my 8 drive case. I was going to buy 4 of them now and buy the rest later. Once I add the other 4 drives, am I going to see a speed boost? Is there a limit of drives where there's no increase in speed?
Highpoint RocketRAID 4322
Proavio eb8ms (I know this is sata II. I want to buy sata 3 for future compatibility)
Yes! More spindle = faster, but it is also a function of I/O processor. In your case 8x with Intel IOP348 (1.2GHz) is plenty fast for it
Recommend using Desktop Hitachi drives create a RAID5 of out of 4 drives, when you go up to 8x then migrate to RAID6
You should get about about 600MB/s both READ/WRITE in sequential, but RANDOM you may have about 200MB/s+
Get an extra HDD as inventory, if your data is important
Do not wast you money in Enterprise HDD or space in RAID10