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Offline MetalGeek

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Upgrade HD's or Raid Controller?
« on: September 09, 2014, 04:52:04 PM »
I'm not running ESXi as it doesn't fit my use case very well.  i do lots of crash/burn, break fix, and installation testing so I spin up a few VM's for short periods and then turn them off or I'm installing 2 or 3 at a time.  I use a mix of VMWare workstation and Virtualbox on my workstation with local storage.  My hardware consists of a Gigabyte Z87MX-DH3 Motherboard, Xeon E3-1245 CPU, 16GB of RAM, 128GB Samsung SSD for the OS and for VM storage I have a "FrankenRAID" setup that consists of two WD RE3 750GB drives and two Seagate 1TB ST31000524AS drives in a RAID10 running off the integrated Intel controller.  The system runs Windows 7 Pro x64.

I'd like to improve my Disc IO but funds are very tight so bang for the buck is a huge consideration.  Grabbing 1TB of SDD goodness isn't going to happen anytime soon.  I'm not sure what will yield the best speed improvements:  Going with 4 1 TB RE4 drives off ebay or moving to a hardware RAID, say the LSI MegaRAID 84016E or something similar. 

Other Ideas?
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Re: Upgrade HD's or Raid Controller?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2016, 05:25:04 AM »
I view it as the most likely to have thoughts of their own time.