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    a hard drive question.....

    hi

    this is probably going to be a really stupid question, but can i use 2 500 gig hdd's from different manufacturters in a raid formation?

    not sure what raid mind you, but a general raid/hdd q.

    thanks

    i have a 500 gig samsung at present.

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    Re: a hard drive question.....

    Quote Originally Posted by silent View Post
    this is probably going to be a really stupid question, but can i use 2 500 gig hdd's from different manufacturters in a raid formation?
    Yes, although it's not really recommended as the entire RAID will only perform as well as the slowest HDD.

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    Re: a hard drive question.....

    Striped, I'd personally use identical, mirrored, you could probably get away with different drives.
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    Re: a hard drive question.....

    ok, cool. cheers.

    best i get a matching samsung then

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    Re: a hard drive question.....

    Yes, safest option - and if you are planning to use RAID1, gopod that you are getting drives mfrd at different times. Although unlikely, it has been known for a batch of drives to have a fault meaning that they all failed at about the same time - not good in RAID 1 - particularly if you don't notice when one has failed and the other fails shortly after. Of course it doesn't matter so much in RAID 0 - if one drive fails, you have lost the data anyway.
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