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Real Life Example of Disk Failure: FreeNAS RAID-5 Shines!

March 1st, 2009

The guys over at the Streaming Bits blog had a scare recently when one of the drives failed in their FreeNAS server.

But after replacing the failed disk in their 2U server (with 3 x 400 GB IDE drives in a RAID-5 setup), FreeNAS syncronised the new drive and everything is working again just fine.

At the bottom of the post the author says, “It worked well for me and my faith continues strong in FreeNAS.”

Read more here: FreeNAS RAID-5 shines! @ Streaming bitsโ€ฆ

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  1. Eric J
    February 28th, 2011 at 12:50 | #1

    I’m looking to use FreeNAS in my next big project build. It will be a media server with 5 TB or more depending on whether I purchase 1 or 2 TB drives; and RAID-5 will be used. Do you have any recommendation whether or not to use the built in raid controller on the motherboard, or purchase a dedicated raid controller card?

    Many thanks. Old post I know, but just thought I’d try a post.

    -Eric

  2. benjy23
    June 1st, 2011 at 04:22 | #2

    My thoughts are that using the software raid is fine as I’ve been running software Raid5 for a good year plus now.

    Hardware Raid is if you have the budget as it theoretically should run faster, but with ZFS in Freenas 8, I say go software raid and save your money as its supposed to be FAST.

    Save the money and get more HDs and 2TB too, my next project is getting me 10TBs with 6HDs ๐Ÿ™‚

    A drive will fail at 1 point or another, at this point do refer to the link below:

    http://wiki.freenas.org/documentation:setup_and_user_guide:software_raid_configuration_management

    Cheers and have fun. Many Thanks to Freenas for making an affordable yet powerful NAS for those of us that don’t mind DIYing ๐Ÿ™‚

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