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ohhkay, well currently its being used as a video storage that i stream to other computers on the network. In the future im considering using it as maybe a game server. would software raid work well with that?

thanks +rep
What OS is it?
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What OS is it?
Currently im using windows 7 ultimate
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Currently im using windows 7 ultimate
for your server? Seems a bit of a waste of cash to use an expensive OS that you aren't really using any of the features of...

Under Windows software RAID isn't really an option - because Windows is crap at software RAID. Always has been, probably always will be. Either look at unRAID running in a VM for media storage, use FlexRAID, or ditch Windows and run Linux - either Amahi Home Server or Ubuntu.
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for your server? Seems a bit of a waste of cash to use an expensive OS that you aren't really using any of the features of...

Under Windows software RAID isn't really an option - because Windows is crap at software RAID. Always has been, probably always will be. Either look at unRAID running in a VM for media storage, use FlexRAID, or ditch Windows and run Linux - either Amahi Home Server or Ubuntu.
Ah, i ended up using windows 7 ultimate because i can get it for ~$10-20 directly from microsoft so it would have been the same price as windows 7 home for me. Would windows server be any better?

but ill look into flexraid, ive heard that thrown around alot, if i was to use software raid, would the raid card matter? or could i use one those sata cards like this since i wouldnt be using the controller for hardware raid? (sorry for all the questions, somewhat trying to educate myself) +reps for your helps
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Ah, i ended up using windows 7 ultimate because i can get it for ~$10-20 directly from microsoft so it would have been the same price as windows 7 home for me. Would windows server be any better?
Fair enough. Windows Server wouldn't offer anything really, but Windows Home Server (the original version) offers a few advantages - namely Drive Extender, which duplicates any files you choose across different drives, thus making RAID unnecessary from a redundancy point of view. You lose half your space and don't get much speed benefit though, although you have the important advantages that losing multiple drives doesn't result in the loss of all your data though, individual drives can be easily read in any other Windows machine in case of server failure, and you don't need an expensive RAID card either (for many users the cost of adding a RAID card negates the benefit of running in RAID6 rather than just using duplication anyway.

Amahi Home Server offers a lot of the Windows Home Server features, plus lots of others too. Really the only thing it lacks is a price tag - it's free.

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but ill look into flexraid, ive heard that thrown around alot, if i was to use software raid, would the raid card matter? or could i use one those sata cards like this since i wouldnt be using the controller for hardware raid?
I wouldn't use that card myself, for 3 reasons:

Firstly, no idea what the chipset is, it may be crap (and it probably is).

Secondly, it has only 4 ports.

Thirdly (and most importantly) it's a PCI card - which means all of your drives will be limited to ~100MB/s total between them - so your array speeds will be crap. A PCIe card has the potential to be much faster - although you do have to be a little careful about the card you choose, as some chipsets will limit you to little over 100MB/s anyway.

If you're doing software RAID you are better off avoiding hardware RAID cards, for 2 (more!) reasons:

Firstly, HBAs are cheaper, especially when looking at decent, multiport cards.

Secondly, many hardware RAID cards can't pass drives straight through to the OS individually, and instead require you to create single-drive RAID0 arrays to do it. This means that arrays won't auto-rebuild when you replace a failed disk, and drives often lose the ability to be transferred between systems (in the case of WHS or unRAID, which otherwise allow disks to be removed from the array and be read on other machines).

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(sorry for all the questions, somewhat trying to educate myself) +reps for your helps
No problem - asking questions and thinking about the replies you receive is how you learn. It only becomes a problem when people can't be bothered making any effort for themselves - that's what gets annoying...

Any more questions on the above, fire away. It's much easier to give more details on the bits you require than it is to try and explain everything in 1 long mammoth post...
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