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I'm wondering what is the best RAID type to use for an arrangement of 5TB or so. I have heard that RAID 5 does not cope well with write-intensive circumstances such as torrenting, but I don't want to lose all that data if only one hard drive bites the dust by using a non parity RAID. I also don't want to have to lose half of my space by having a mirror RAID.

Has anyone had any experience with a RAID 5 array that is constantly torrenting or similar? Can you comment on speed or reliability issues? My friends and I have decided to download the Internets, or more specifically, backups of the DVDs that we own. It is quite a substantial collection.

Cheers in advance. Any useful response will be assigned EPIC WIN.

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