7200.11 1.5TB on ICH10R in Raid 1

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Posted June 8, 2009 by Patrick Kennedy in Servers

Two 1.5TB Seagate 7200.11 drives on the ICH10R in raid 1 make a nice setup. The ICH10R is an on-board semi-hardware raid controller making it a very cheap option to use in any home server. The Seagate 1.5TB drives are one of the highest capacity drives readily available in Q1 2009 and have the best price/GB available. Raid 1 is probably the best way to gain redundancy when there are two disks in the system.

Intel ICH10R Raid 1 w/ 2x Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB 7200rpm drives

Intel ICH10R Raid 1 w/ 2x Seagate 7200.11 1.5TB 7200rpm drives

As one can see from the above image, over 100MB/s transfer rates are possible from these drives, which is enough to saturate one gigabit ethernet port. What many people forget is that on a storage server, unlike a database or application server, one is oftentimes limited by the network interface “card” (NIC) throughput.

Since the 1.5TB Seagate drives can be found for $90-120 in the first quarter of 2009, and offer tremendous storage capactities, they will be used as the basis for much of this site’s discussion.


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Patrick Kennedy

Patrick has been running ServeTheHome since 2009 and covers a wide variety of home and small business IT topics. For his day job, Patrick is a management consultant focused in the technology industry and has worked with numerous large hardware and storage vendors in the Silicon Valley. The goal of STH is simply to help users find some information about basic server building blocks. If you have any helpful information please feel free to post on the forums.

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