Software Raid on a Windows Server

Most of the servers in our data center run on CentOS. As Linux admins know, software raid (Raid-z, ZFS etc) in Linux has far surpassed hardware raid in terms of feature set, reliability, and functionality. However, several of our server admins prefer running CentOS and WHM inside virtual private servers (VPS) on a box running Windows Server because that’s the OS they are most comfortable with.

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Using Desktop Drives vs NAS Drives vs Enterprise Drives In A RAID Server
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Using Desktop Drives vs NAS Drives vs Enterprise Drives In A RAID Server

Desktop drives are significantly less expensive than NAS Drives or Enterprise.  Can they be used when building a budget RAID array?

They can, however it’s important to understand how desktop drives will increase required maintenance, downtime, expense, and risk of data loss. The biggest difference between desktop drives vs NAS drives or Enterprise drives is in how they communicate with the RAID controller during write operations.

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