Server v. Raid Cards

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  1. Mycophiles

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    I see the raid cards for 30-60$ on newegg and then there's this HUGE jump to 250$ - 800$+ for raid cards. What's the deal here? I want to raid 5 drives in raid 5. I haven't done much research. Anyone care to clue me in so I can do better google searches on this chit?

    Fuck: It seems like Raid 5 cards are a wee bit more expensive. Anyone have any suggestions for a card?
     
  2. Peyomp

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    The cheap RAID cards either do most of their processing in the operating system, or their microcontrollers were written by a single Indian working for $3 an hour and no bathroom breaks. You can't trust them with business data, but they're fine for anything you can afford to lose at home.

    The expensive ones work.
     
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    You might be able to get a NetCell card on eBay or Newegg. They do RAID3, which divides data across the array in 1-byte stripes instead of several kilobyte stripes. The difference is inconsequential for a home-use machine, but they have their own dedicated processor for the same price as those cheap cards.
     
  4. deusexaethera

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    also...in before Peyomp suggests Solaris with RAID-Z. :fawk:
     
  5. Peyomp

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    I'd love to but he won't want to run Solaris, OS X or FreeBSD :(
     
  6. Mycophiles

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    Quite Right.
     
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  8. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    For a budget Dell Perc 5/i > *. Keep an eye on ebay, they use to be sub $100. Maybe you can snag one up.
     
  9. Mycophiles

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    Will do. Thanks
     
  10. michelin man

    michelin man IDB Construction

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    worked for me.
     
  11. Mycophiles

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    Looky looky...

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    75$ for sale here in H-town. :cool:
     
  12. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    with battery backup and cables? that is fucking sick! I'd buy another for that price.
     
  13. dissonance

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    +1 on the Perc 5/i from eBay


    Is your server actually using a server motherboard? In other words, I'll sell you an LSI PCI-X RAID card pretty cheap if you can use it.

    I need to just throw the thing on eBay...
     
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    I have the Perc5/i myself and recommend it, or the SmartArray P400 if the price is right. Personally I think the P400 is a better card all around.
     
  15. Mycophiles

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    no, didnt have the money for it. I still have to buy another 750gig hd to raid with the one I have. Ive read that in raid configuration the raid array will e the size of the smallest drive. On raid 5 anyway. I have 1 1tb drive 1 750gig drive. I plan on getting another 750 GIG drive for the array.
     
  16. jvblackxj

    jvblackxj VW4Life

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    IIRC RAID 5 should have the exact same size Hard Drives. Preferably the exact same HD. I had four 500 GB HD Raid 5 = 1.5 TB.
     
  17. Mycophiles

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    Picked up that Perc5/i for 70$ 1 mile from my house. :bowdown:
     
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    That's actually kinda creepy that it was that close. Dude doesn't live in an old conversion-van, does he? Did he invite you in?
     

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