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Hey guys, so im redoing my raid (was raid 1) on my home server to increase capacity. I tried doing onboard raid 5 and getting really slow read rates (~35mbs) so might i be better off with software raid, if so what would be recommended (paid or free)? or might there be something that can increase the speed?

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i5 2500k
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I was looking to increase my space to at least 4tb (3.5tb formated) and have some basic redundantcy

Thanks for the help!
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Windows key + R

diskmgmt.msc

make RAID volume in windows.
    
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another option is hardware raid. if you want up to 4 drives you will want one of theses but there kind of expensive at 330 on newegg. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16816131003
    
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Windows key + R

diskmgmt.msc

make RAID volume in windows.
Whoops, i mean for a home server, not that im using windows home server. Unsing windows 7 pro =[ which i believe only supports hardware raid though the OS. But i heard that software raid works pretty well?

Last night i tried intel rapid storage technology and set up a raid 5 but it says initializing.. but at this rate it looks like its going to take 2 days to finish initializing .. is intel RST any good?

Ive also heard of unraid and flexraid , might those be better?

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another option is hardware raid. if you want up to 4 drives you will want one of theses but there kind of expensive at 330 on newegg. http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16816131003
ahh, yeahh i heard about hardware raid, but seems a bit pricy for me right now, although i heard good things about perc raid card
Edited by DNytAftr - 6/4/11 at 7:20am
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Unraid all the way.
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Unraid all the way.
hmm so i should prob just go with unraid instead of Intel RST? looks like theres different versions to it too, Would it be worth the price of plus ($69) or pro ($119) over basic (which i think is free)?
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If windows XP had software raid, so will Windows 7.
    
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If windows XP had software raid, so will Windows 7.
hmmm in disk management i can only see stripped and mirrored, the raid 5 option is greyed out
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Originally Posted by DNytAftr View Post
hmmm in disk management i can only see stripped and mirrored, the raid 5 option is greyed out
Darn. Gotta get a server OS. From Microsoft:

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After confirming with our product team, it says that RAID-5 is only supported on computers running Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 Operating Systems. In Windows 7, only hardware-based RAID is supported. Thus I recommend that you check your computer to see if it meets this requirement and visit the motherboard’s support web site to download the RAID drive controller drivers.
    
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what kind of cpu do you have in your server? i have read that software raid can be heavy on cpu usage.
    
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