USB or RAID 1 SSD for ESXi homelab

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  1. Nimesh Bhundia

    Nimesh Bhundia New Member

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    Hey guys,

    What would you advise for the installation of Esxi?

    I can source some 275gb mx300 pretty cheap atm. Nothing fancy as it's for a home lab.

    Option 1) 2xssd in raid 1+ database drive

    Option 2) usb stick on internal header + datastore drive

    I was thinking if I go usb, once I have my base lab up I can get a second and clone it and pop it into a drawer somewhere you know just in case.
     
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  2. realtomatoes

    realtomatoes Active Member

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    i've been running mine on sandisk 16gb usb drives i got on sale a few years back.
    haven't had a failure in nearly 3yrs of use.
    i got a clone of each usb for my hosts too, just in case.
     
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  3. K D

    K D Well-Known Member

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    +1 for usb thumb drives
     
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  4. Nimesh Bhundia

    Nimesh Bhundia New Member

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    Cool, thanks guys I'll stick with the ish route then
     
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