speaking about software raid, not hardware controller based.
I am trying to go for some local OpenSuse machine and adding some
storage to it. Was considering Raid6, and now reading about a bit and
people left and right scaremongering about the larger the disks these
days in the double digit terabyte capacities even, the more likely it
is that during a reconstruction of a raid subsequent errors would
I would absolutely like to keep my data consistent, and I am not
thinking about double digit terabytes either, would stick to 2TB or
4TB disks, with Raid6 thats at least 4 physical drives.
Now I am wondering if it possible to use a good robust file system
that can add some more parity or check blocks or redundancy on top of
the hardware disks, to absolutely be able to always read my data.
I can't add multiple machines or like those high availability stuff
like clusters and what not I read about DRBD (Distributed Replicated
Block Device), or maybe I am just too scared by those technical terms
or consider myself to be just a simpleton and wanting to keep it
My use case here is also not constant availablity, when a disk needs
to be replaced, so be it, but I don't want to lose my data that I can
not ever read certain parts of it again or such stuff.
The thing that came to my mind was, if there is some file systems that
would add redundancy and robustness onto the mdraid system of the
Anyone with some useful insights? Roughly speaking, I was considering
some simple pcie esata interfaced controller card and an external case
enclosure with esata port and portmulitplier stuff inside, that can
present at least 4 physical disks as JBOD, just a bunch of disks, so
that the Linux can seem them all separately.
Speed and rebuild times are not my concern, but data persistence and
data integrity. Not even number of physical disks, I could live with
even one of those 8 bay device enclosures and cases that are out there
on the market.
Thanks for any help and hints.
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