I’m close to having to increase my storage again and the next increase is going to pretty much use up the capability of my setup. I’m looking for some suggestions on where to go from here.
My server is an old i3 with Arch Linux installed. Connected to it I have a Mediasonic 8 bay enclosure using the USB 3.0 interface (I had a lot of problems with eSATA, but USB3.0 has had zero issues). This is my second enclosure. I had a Sans Digital before that was a disaster, the Mediasonic has been flawless.
I’m using 6 of the 8 enclosures with a mix of 4TB and 6TB HGST NAS drives. I use Snapraid and I have 5 data drives and one parity drive. Snapraid is already complaining that with 5 data drives I should have 2 parity drives, so the next storage increase means adding two 6TB drive, one would be a data drive and the other would be parity.
Long story short, I can only increase my storage by 6TB before filling up my enclosure. Suggestions on what to consider next?