Question Decent, cheap 1TB sata ssds for raid storage

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I have a Dell H830 raid controller and an external 8 bay enclosure that I have not been able to use for quite a while. It proved to not have enough airflow for my original intended use, running 4TB mechanical drives. So, now that SSD prices have fallen quite a bit, I am now thinking of using them for some 1TB SSDs in RAID 6 for my file storage. I know a lot of SSDs don't like being raided, and many of the cheap ones will drop off, so I want to make sure and get ones that will work properly. I'm wondering if anyone has a recommended brand/model for this purpose. Are Crucial MX500 drives well behaved for this? Are Silicon Power? Any others I might consider?
 
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Yeah, I saw those. Those are more of an enterprise level thing, not too terribly inexpensive. I don't need the performance for 30 SQL users, just for my file store.
 
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But you wanted to run them in RAID. These would be RAID-optimized, whereas most consumer-level drives would not be.
 

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So, now that SSD prices have fallen quite a bit, I am now thinking of using them for some 1TB SSDs in RAID 6 for my file storage.
Storage? Just get a single 4TB SSD* and a 4TB HDD for backup. There is very little reason to run RAID arrays privately today. With storage costs as low as they are, multidisk arrays don't make much sense anymore. Especially when you can actually buy 10+ TB drives.

*I don't think anyone makes a larger consumer class drive today.
 
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Raid just increases the chance of failure for every drive in your system. You could put one large drive in your system. Then for a backup if you have an old system or build a low end system, you could put a drive of equal size in there. Or just use an external drive to back up once in a while.

Dell has some deals going on this weekend. Inspiron i3 8100 for $420.00 . Just replace the Hard Drive. This price actually makes sense for a backup machine.
 
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Shmee

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For a file server, I feel like using good HDDs is a better option, using a boot SSD or flash drive with something like freenas.
 
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IMO you are better off with a mechanical array and SSD cache drives, unless you really need the sustained performance of a SSD array.
 


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