[CentOS] low end file server with h/w RAID - recommendations

Fri Nov 3 08:25:39 UTC 2017
hw <hw at gc-24.de>

m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
> hw wrote:
>> Richard Zimmerman wrote:
>>> hw wrote:
>>>> Next question: you want RAID, how much storage do you need? Will 4 or 8
>>>> 3.5" drives be enough (DO NOT GET crappy 2.5" drives - they're *much*
>>>> more expensive than the 3.5" drives, and >smaller disk space. For the
>>>> price of a 1TB 2.5", I can get at least a 4TB WD Red.
>>> I will second Marks comments here. Yes, 2.5" drive enterprise drives
>>> have been an issue. +1 for the WD Red drives, so far 3.5" w/ 2tb and 4tb
>>> drives, ZERO issues. I've had good luck with HGST NAS drives too.
>>> Unfortunately, that will come to an end soon (With WD owning HGST).
>> Most servers can fit only 2.5" disks these days.  I keep wondering what
>> everyone is doing about storage.
> Sorry, that depends 100% on what you *order*. We tell our resellers that
> we want 3.5" drives, that's what we get. All the vendors, intluding Dell,
> and the smaller ones, online you can configure what you want, to price it
> out, and they *all* offer 3.5" drives.
> The only 2.5" drives that we're ok with getting are the two internal SSD's
> for RAID 1 for the o/s, and nothing else.
> You may not be talking to the right sales folks.

That only goes when you buy new.  Look at what you can get used, and you´ll
see that there´s basically nothing that fits 3.5" drives.