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I'm currently building a T30 home server and have decided on using unraid. I will be installing an Ubuntu server on VM among others and will mostly use this server for Plex.


It only has two 2.5" and four 3.5" SATA slots so I was thinking of doing the following:


1. 2.5" - WD Blue 3D NAND 250GB PC SSD (cache)

2. 2.5" - WD Blue 3D NAND 250GB PC SSD (RAID1 mirror cache)

3-5 3.5" - HGST DeskStar NAS 3.5" 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache (data)

6. 3.5" - HGST DeskStar NAS 3.5" 4TB 7200 RPM 128MB Cache (parity)


I'd appreciate any feedback ?

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I'd strongly suggest going for the largest array drive you can afford, and only get 2 to start. 4TB is way more per $/TB than 8, and comparable to 10 and 12.


Filling all the bays from the start in a limited space enclosure isn't good economics unless your media collection exactly fits what you purchase now and will never expand. I'd get 2 large drives initially, then only purchase more storage when you need it.

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