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Different or identical hard drives for SoftRAID?

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Always believed I had to use identical hard drives in my hardware RAID boxes. But for SoftRAID?

I want to set up a RAID 1 or Mirror using a couple of USB drives. I plan on using two 2TB drives. Do I need to buy two of the same make and model or can I / should I buy a couple of different brands to lower the risk if hardware failure - a bad batch for example?

Not planning on this but out of interest, can SoftRAID utilise drives of different sizes? What would happen if I tried to create a RAID using a 2TB and a 4TB drive?


Topic starter Posted : 06/03/2019 3:17 am
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SoftRAID does not care what brands or sizes disks are, as long as they are reliable.

If you Mirror different size drives, you get a volume base on the smaller of the two. (2TB in this case)

Posted : 06/03/2019 3:03 pm