I am making a RAID with three (and eventually four) 14 TB drives. What cluster size should I use when formatting the drives? I am a photographer, so I'm storing lots of photographs where the file size ranges from 60 MB to 999 MB. I'm on Windows - NFTS.
Here's the backstory. I originally had 2 drives in the RAID but I added a third drive. Let's call the 2 drives the J drive. The 3rd drive is an unallocated partition. The J drive is full of data and has a 4KB cluster size. If I format the unallocated partition also with 4KB, then my max size is limited. So I need to format the unallocated partition with 8KB or greater. I also need to convert the J drive to 8 KB or larger. So my first question is what cluster size should I use.
My second question is: given that the J drive is full of data, what is the best way to convert?
- format the unallocated partition (let's call this the I drive) with the tbd cluster size
- copy all the files from J to I
- format the J drive with the tbd cluster size
- then extend volume I to include volume J
Will that work? And/or is there a more efficient way to accomplish this?