Thanks - very useful!

So what I'll probably do is as follows...
* My system has 4x SATA ports on the motherboard, to which I'll connect my 4x 1.5TB drives. * Currently 1 drive is in use with ~30G for / /boot and swap and ~1.4TB for /media * I'll create /dev/md2, using mdadm, in RAID1 across 2 ~1.4TB partitions on 2 drives
* move all active recordings (~400G) to /dev/md2
* split /dev/md2 and create a raid 1+0 (/dev/md1) using 4x partitions of ~1.4TB across 4 drives

At this point I have preserved all my data, and created a raid1+0 for recordings and media.

I should now use the remaining ~100G on each drive for raid protection for (root) / and /boot. I've read lots on the web on this, but what's your recommendation? RAID1 mirror across 2 of the disks for / (/dev/md0) and install grub (/boot) on both so either will boot?

On Tue, Nov 10, 2009 at 09:46:52PM +1300, Simon Baxter wrote:
What about a simple raid 1 mirror set?

Ok.. short comparison, using a single disk as baseline.

using 2 disks
raid0: (striping)
++   double read throughput,
++   double write throughput,
--   half the reliability (read: only use with good backup!)

raid1: (mirroring)
++   double read throughput.
o    same write throughput
++   double the reliability

using 3 disks:

raid0: striping
+++  tripple read performance
+++  tripple write performance
---  third of reliability

raid1: mirroring
+++  tripple read performance
o    same write throughput
+++  tripple reliability

raid5: (distributed parity)
+++  tripple read performance
-    lower write performance (not due to the second write but due
     to the necessary reads)
+    sustains failure of any one drive in the set

using 4 disks:

++++ four times the read performance
++   double write performance
++   double reliability

please note: these are approximations and depending on your hardware
they may be off by quite a bit.


vdr mailing list

vdr mailing list

Reply via email to