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SoftUnRAID?

(@mwallens)
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I implore the SoftRAID developers to add an UnRAID-style option, which is basically JBOD with two parity disks.  So this would allow me to use your big thunderbay 8, with 6 disks for storage and 2 for parity, but because there’s no striping at all the disks aren’t spinning much, only when you’re using them.  This is the ideal setup for “cold storage.” Not a scratch disk for editing but big long term cold storage.  Also lets you add disks as you go, so you can grow into the enclosure over time by adding disks.


 

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Topic starter Posted : 25/04/2022 4:16 pm
(@softraid-support)
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I don't know much about the technical aspects of unRAID, but I can make the suggestion.

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Posted : 25/04/2022 4:35 pm
(@mwallens)
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@softraid-support thanks for the fast response.  If it matters to you guys, YouTube influencers like Linus swear by it.  Take a look at his videos with 45Drives enclosures.  You guys know that there are different needs for a scratch drive vs. cold storage, and for video editors looking to warehouse all their raw footage into cold storage, UnRAID is superior to the options you guys offer on SoftRAID.  The closest you have is RAID 4 or 5 but those are both striped, so the drives are always spinning.  And if it’s truly cold storage for the long haul, and you’re planning on a drive failing here and there, secondary advantage is that the drives are still readable and accessible when you’re rebuilding a failed drive.

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Topic starter Posted : 25/04/2022 4:50 pm
(@softraid-support)
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@mwallens 

One inaccuracy you have is there is no measurable failure mode difference on HDD's with heavy duty, light duty or cold storage, except for electricity usage. Flash is another story and must be powered.

On a Mac, any connected disk will spin up. Don't know where you save on disk longevity.

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Posted : 25/04/2022 5:52 pm
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