need simple raid advice for small server

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  1. dorkultra

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    i currently have the following config:
    amd athlon 900mhz
    512mb ram
    server 2003

    all drives are pata
    2 120gb hard drives (one is the system)
    2 200gb hard drives (in mirrored configuration through win2003)


    would like to add 2 300gb pata drives, mirrored. my mobo will not support raid, so i will need a card.

    should i get 2 cheap pci ide raid 1 cards?
    how would that affect a current mirrored set?
     
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    A software mirror is even worse than crappy MB support.

    Move your OS to the mirrored 200's. Snag 3 more 120's that match the latency & seek time of the original drives. Get on PCI controller card and put the 5 120's into RAID 5 for 480GB usable space and 1 disk fault tolerence.
     
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    Cheap PCI controllers will use system resources. Nicer ones have a decent processor onboard.
     
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    Good luck finding an IDE RAID card nowadays, btw. They were rare enough back when IDE was still relevant.

    EDIT: For futureproofness, it might be better to buy an SATA RAID card and use SATA=>IDE adaptors to connect your IDE drives to them. That way you can switch to real SATA drives in the future.
     
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    i really haven't had trouble with using a software based raid. keep in mind that this is not meant for speed, i just want simple fault tolerance

    im not planning on scaling it bigger than having 2 sets of raid 1 drives

    the 2 120 gb drives (one being system) are basic volumes that i occassionally backup my external hard drive to. that don't need anything fancy and don't require a raid setup, because i can simply copy and paste the backup from the external, from one 120gb to the other 120gb once a month if needed.

    i just want to raid 1 my 2 200gb drives and raid 1 my 2 300gb drives

    how hard is this to setup? never done a raid setup before
     
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    well, there are several on newegg.

    yeah, i thought about the sata to ide connectors. i figure my drives probably have 3 years of life (well, 5 years under warranty). by the time that runs out, i will replace this server with something better (probably my current desktop that has sata onboard)
     
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    It's a piece of cake. Buy drives, buy card, wire it up, read directions, fire it up.
     

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