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I have done some work recently to set up a home file server which now acts as centralized storage for multiple PCs as well as a media server for two TVs.

Right now I have a single 2TB drive of which I've backed up the important bits to a secondary source. It is not fully redundant however. I would like to implement RAID but unfortunately the file server's motherboard doesn't support it. The options I've identified so far:

1. Buy a RAID card. I am basically clueless here. I don't know what's good and what's not or how much good is going to cost.

2. Bump up the motherboard to something with ICH10R so I can utilize its RAID.

3. Go all out and stuff a Lian Li Q08 with a nice little ITX board. I should mention I will need a new case no matter what I do because of HDD mounting limitations in the current one.

Is ICH10R a sound option for a RAID 10 set? Should I go with a dedicated card?
post #2 of 19
Or use software raid that comes with some versions of windows and almost all versions of linux.
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Originally Posted by DIABLOS;13919884 
Or use software raid that comes with some versions of windows and almost all versions of linux.

Software RAID is one of the worst ways to go for a server build. Hardware Raid is much more reliable and way faster.

@OP: That Lian-Li case is PERFECT for a server build. The only thing I'd be concerned about is with Mini-ITX motherboards is the lack of enough SATA ports to create a sufficient RAID Array. What size of hard drives were you planning on using? RAID 10 is a good choice for the redundancy and speed smile.gif
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I was looking at this Intel ITX board. There are 4 SATA and RAID support although a full RAID 10 array would take up all of said ports. In these situations is it normal to have the OS right on the array itself? Right now I have the OS and storage on separate drives.
post #6 of 19
Depending on the OS you can run it off of a USB flash drive. Actually I think Windows is the only one that can't do this...at least not without some hacking.
post #7 of 19
Sure, just use the FreeNAS installer to install it on a flash drive. At boot time, the OS is then loaded into RAM (small impact), and the settings are occasionally written to the flash memory (to prevent it from dying).
FreeNAS also does software RAId quite well, and performed pretty good on older hardware too.
    
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Originally Posted by Doodlebro;13920189 
Software RAID on Windows is one of the worst ways to go for a server build. Hardware Raid is much more reliable and way faster.

Fixed. On the likes of Linux and Solaris, software RAID is very good indeed and can outperform hardware RAID in many circumstances.

@OP:

Whether you choose to use RAID or not will depend on your choice of OS. If you just want a fileserver then the likes of FreeNAS and OpenFiler will be perfect, and both support very good software RAID implementations.

If you want a home server OS then take a look at Amahi Home Server. It supports Greyhole, which is non-RAID redundant storage pooling.
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I agree with parityboy. I have Solaris NAS and it is probably more robust than any hardware card.
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post #10 of 19
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Thanks for all the good information!

I've very casually glanced at FreeNAS and I think there is a lot of potential there. Are there any good online resources that would help a complete and total noob like me out?

Also,

Is FreeNAS pretty flexible hardware-wise? In terms of compatibility I should say.
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