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  • Question

  • I am incapable of finding a simple SATA II expansion card.  Everything I find is a RAID card and I don't want RAID.  I'm looking for cards that would either fit in a PCI slot, or a PCI-E slot.  I assume WHS would have appropriate drivers for the card, but just in case it would be nice if the card came with Windows 2003 Server drivers.

     

    Your help is much appreciated!

    Friday, August 22, 2008 2:40 AM

Answers

  • find a controller card that does JBOD, which treats each hard drive as a logical drive

    most cards will list like raid 0/1/1+0/5/JBOD

    more info here
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID_5#Concatenation_.28JBOD_or_SPAN.29
    Friday, August 22, 2008 4:49 AM

All replies

  • Most cheap "RAID" cards are actually software RAID... they rely on drivers rather than any real hardware.
    That being said, you can easily connect the drives and not configure the RAID system. They will work as intended. You won't find anything labeled non-RAID.
    Friday, August 22, 2008 3:50 AM
  • find a controller card that does JBOD, which treats each hard drive as a logical drive

    most cards will list like raid 0/1/1+0/5/JBOD

    more info here
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID_5#Concatenation_.28JBOD_or_SPAN.29
    Friday, August 22, 2008 4:49 AM
  • I use the Promise SATA300 TX4 PCI SATA II 4-Port Adapter in my WHS and it works great.
    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 12:59 PM
  • PCI-X, but will fit in a PCI slot.  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815121009

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:44 PM
  • I have an adaptec 1420SA PCI-X SATA card.  When plugged into a PCI slot only two of the four SATA connections may be used.  Something to consider with any PCI-X card.

     

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:06 PM
  • I just received a SIIG SATA II PCIe controller card from Amazon for $53 (1x and 2 ports no RAID).  I looked at the adaptec 1430SA RAID Kit, but it was $120 for 4x and 4 ports.  I'm waiting on the Hitachi 7K1000-B drives before I expand.....any week now?

     

    Edit:  As an aside, go with PCIe over PCI if you are concerned about throughput.  Smallnetbuilder.com has some thorough testing on GB NIC's and PCIe has a 50% bandwidth advantage in practice  http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/content/view/30555/229/ .  In another article at that site, Tim Higgins is on Part 2 of "How To Build a Really Fast NAS" and he will be testing a WHS system.  Interstingly, the SATA II drives are the choke points in GB networks with PCIe buses. 

     

    To quote Tim at the end of Part 1..."I have already chosen the first OS to be tested, which will be Windows Home Server. The main reason for this is that the HP MediaSmart Server (EX475), which runs WHS, has yet to be beaten in the 1000 Mbps Write Charts, turning in an average 67.1 MB/s for 32 MB to 1 GB file sizes. I have also seen other mentions of WHS' high performance, along with Windows Vista, so figured I might as well start there."

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 11:55 PM