I need help and suggestions for small business RAID server or NAS.
July 8, 2009 8:17 AM Subscribe
I need the best affordable solution for small business server/NAS with RAID.
posted by Jackie_Treehorn to computers & internet (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We are a small business with 6 computers + server attached to a workgroup network. Currently we have an old Dell PowerVault which has 4 drives in it that serves our file sharing needs.
The way the Dell is set up with RAID is that Volume C: is disk 0 and 1 in mirrored volume. It is the active system volume. Volume D: is disk 2 and 3 in mirrored volume. It is labeled as Page File. And Volume D: is made up of disk 0, 1, 2 and 3 in RAID 5. It is the shared NAS volume where all of our files are stored.
The problem that I have with our current set up is that if a drive fails, the entire NAS volume is not accessible to my users until I replace the failed drive and rebuild the RAID array. This downtime is not acceptable.
What I am asking here is what system can I buy or build that would give me my required RAID for the system and data, but still be able to limp along with a failed drive for my users until I can replace the drive and rebuild the RAID array?