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  • What would be a good RAID card to use in my WHS build?  I will be running 4x 2TB Hitachi HDD's.  I would prefer SATAIII.
    When in doubt empty the magazine...
    Sunday, February 20, 2011 12:13 PM

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  • a good RAID card

    A few variables to consider.

    1. What kind of RAID configuration will be set-up?  RAID 6 will require more ports.

    2. What type of hard drives will it use: consumer or RAID grade?  Some RAID cards can handle the green drives and some won't.

    I started pricing a RAID card to use with WHS 2011.  The price tag for what I think would work (16 ports) is $950.  I can't afford to use WHS 2011.

    • Proposed as answer by rmd3003 Monday, February 28, 2011 3:15 AM
    • Unproposed as answer by rmd3003 Monday, February 28, 2011 3:15 AM
    Sunday, February 20, 2011 6:55 PM
  • 1.  RAID 5

    2.  4x Hitachi SATAIII HDD's(I have two now).


    When in doubt empty the magazine...
    Sunday, February 20, 2011 9:50 PM
  • I would use a Dell Perc 6i.  One can be found here:

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/products/Controllers/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=04&sku=341-7212

    The picture shows the internal version of the controller; however, it is one that will fit in a regular expansion slot.  You'll need the fan out cables for this controller.  It works great in one of my home built workstations.

    Thanks

    Joe

     

    Saturday, February 26, 2011 11:49 PM
  • a good RAID card

    A few variables to consider.

    1. What kind of RAID configuration will be set-up?  RAID 6 will require more ports.

    2. What type of hard drives will it use: consumer or RAID grade?  Some RAID cards can handle the green drives and some won't.

    I started pricing a RAID card to use with WHS 2011.  The price tag for what I think would work (16 ports) is $950.  I can't afford to use WHS 2011.


    Well, I'm not sure what card are you looking at, but I can save you around $350 and get 4 more ports for latest 6Gb setup. Here you go:

    Get Intel RS2BL040 (aka LSI 9260-4i) with 1 SAS port (price around $330). Add 6 port (24 SATA) Intel SAS expander RES2SV240 ($250 on PROVANTAGE). When connected to RAID card you will loose one SAS port so only 20 SATA ports left. Trust me it will be flying with all 20 drives in RAID 50/60. RS2BL040 has 512MB on-board memory.

    Monday, February 28, 2011 3:22 AM