Nice server you build
How quiet is it?
Its not noisy at all compared to the specs, less noise than a normal OEM pc for the most part, so im happy with that. The Nexus fans on the 4in3 modules are quiet enough, i dont notice them at all over the drives tbh, even at 1000rpm. Having the server beneath my desk certainly helps tho.
What's the point of 12X1TB raid? Wouldn't something like 3x 4x1TB or 2x 6x1TB be more reliable?
Granted, you'd lose 1-2TB more space, but I would not personally like to see all of the data disappear when
two drives fail simultaneously.
With more than one array you have a greater chance that the simultaneous failures will happen in different arrays, or in bad case you'll lose only one of the arrays instead of everything.
But I suppose that some just like to live on the edge
I'm sorry, what? Living on the edge? nonsense, I have backups.
The only thing thats (imho) better than the current setup is raid6 + eventual hotspare. having several raid5's in one JBOD just makes it a PITA, plus alot of space lost.
My next build will have either a 3ware 9650-16/24 card with raid6 support, or I'll run linux software raid, or WHS.. time will show.