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Can my mobo/cpu handle two RAID 1 volumes?

sakage.shinga

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Hi guys,

My new build currently already has a RAID 1 volume (2 x WD Red 4TB). I'm thinking of adding a second volume consisting of two WD Red 3TBs. Is this possible? (i.e. it will not slow down my processing speed, load times, etc.)

Also, with the drive cage already having a SSD, a 2TB WD Black gaming drive, and the existing WD Reds, the temperatures are sitting at 23-25 degrees C. If I were to add two additional drives, it'd mean completely filling out the cage. Bad idea?
 

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As long as you have enough SATA ports on the same controller, you're good to go.

And your hard drive temps are very low at the moment, so no need to worry there. If anything, people have claimed running them warmer is better.
 

sakage.shinga

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As long as you have enough SATA ports on the same controller, you're good to go.

And your hard drive temps are very low at the moment, so no need to worry there. If anything, people have claimed running them warmer is better.
Well after three hours of use and about 300gb data transfer, one of the WD Reds warned up to 45C, and the drive directly below it went to 30. I'm of the understanding that anything below 50C is OK.
 

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That's more of a one-off scenario though right? You shouldn't be writing 300GB of data on a daily basis...

Either way, the WD Reds are designed for NAS usage, typically where cooling isn't the greatest as the drives are stacked tightly together. From their spec sheet, they are rated to operate in environments with 70C air-temperature. If the air inside your case is that hot, then you should consider some better fans ;)
 

sakage.shinga

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Well I got the extra drives. I had to move the ODD (blu-ray) from the Intel SATA controller to the Asmedia controller. That should be fine, right?
 

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