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    Question Help configuring new server build...

    Well I'm an avid shutter bug. I'm reaching 80% on my 3.1Tb Server. Been looking at migrating to a new one. Been a couple of years since I built a system. This is what I have spec'ed out so far:
    <table style="border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="510" height="212"><col style="width: 87pt;" width="116"> <col style="width: 282pt;" width="376"> <tbody><tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt; width: 87pt;" width="116" height="20">Backplane</td> <td style="width: 282pt;" width="376">AMS DS-3151SSBK 3.5" Black SATA SATA Backplane Module</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">Case</td> <td>Lain Li PC-A77B</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">CPU</td> <td>Intel Core2 Quad Q9400</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">CPU Fan</td> <td>ZALMAN CNPS9500</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">Graphic Card</td> <td class="xl64">EVGA 896-P3-1265-AR GeForce GTX 260</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">Memory</td> <td>OCZ Reaper HPC (8Gb)
    </td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">Mother Board</td> <td>GIGABYTE GA-EP45-UD3P</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">Power Supply</td> <td>ZALMAN ZM850-HP 850W</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">Raid Controler</td> <td>Areca ARC-1260</td> </tr> <tr style="height: 15pt;" height="20"> <td style="height: 15pt;" height="20">Raid Hard Drives</td> <td>750Gb SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1</td> </tr> </tbody></table>
    I plan on installing three of the backplanes to hold 15 hard drives. The PC-77 case can hold another three inside.
    I'm planing on running Vista 64 bit.
    After build I will create a Raid 6 from 15 drives and leave the 16th one installed inside the case as a hot spare. This should give me about 9.7Tb.

    Is it possible to install Vista on a Raid 6 drive? The manual for the ARC-12XX says that the Raid volume can be bootable?

    I would really like suggestions as I have not yet made the buy from Newegg.

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    Default Re: Help configuring new server build...

    I generally recommend having a single drive for the OS or a RAID1 for redundancy. From there you can build any sized RAID for your storage need. Even on the servers we build at work (used for evidence storage) uses a single drive setup for the OS and several drives for storage in RAID with hot spares in place. This keeps the data safe and ensures the OS cannot crap out and corrupt your important data. Windows has become more and more reliable over the years, but I still don't implicitly trust it.
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