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Hey guys, so im looking to put together somesort of expandable raid array, so i can add hard drives over time (i believe software raid was a good choice for that?) but i was wondering what sort of raid card would be good for that?

I was looking to get 2 cards (or be able to support... mmm i guess 8 or so HDDs) hopping to spend about $100 a card but i think i should be able to get up to $200 if need be.

Thanks for the help biggrin.gif
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A perc 5/i is expandable and they go for $50 on ebay, very overkill for home use but you cant beat the deal. You would have to start with a RAID 0 or 5 array. So if you want redundancy you will need at least 3 drives to make it expandable. RAID 10 might be if you want to go that route but Im not sure.
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A perc 5/i is expandable and they go for $50 on ebay, very overkill for home use but you cant beat the deal. You would have to start with a RAID 0 or 5 array. So if you want redundancy you will need at least 3 drives to make it expandable. RAID 10 might be if you want to go that route but Im not sure.

ah, yeah i remember hearing about those tongue.gif But havent been on ebay for years so dont know too much about pricing. hmmm currently i have 3 hdds (thinking of getting a 4th soon) which i was planning of using, so 3 or more wont be a problem. Probably in the long run i was going to add 1.. maybe 2 hdds every 6 or so months.

I noticed that there are perc 6/i and 5/i, is there a big difference between the two? Looking at the pictures the 5/i has .. 1 sas port (i believe it was 1 sas -> 4 sata) where the perc 6/i has 2 sas for a total of 8 sata, other then price might there be an advantage to getting 2 perc 5/i vs 1 perc 5/i in terms of performance?
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Performance wise, it wont matter for home use, but if you can afford it I would get a Perc 6 since it is newer and supports more RAID configs than the Perc 5. And youre right, one SAS supports 4 Sata but you can get Perc 5s with two SAS connections for a total of 8 drives.

Here is one, not sure if it has a battery or not but you are going to want one. If you dont, you get an annoying error message when it boots causing you to hit F1 (no remote reboots) and supposedly you lose some performance. It should have the 2 SAS connectors but you cant see them (2950s have 2)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-PowerEdge-2950-Perc-5i-SAS-256MB-Raid-Controller-Card-TU005-/261011934634?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cc5860daa

Heres one with a battery for sure and its a 2950
http://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-2950-PERC-5i-SAS-RAID-CONTROLLER-PCI-E-w-BATTERY-/200748400666?pt=COMP_EN_Networking_Components&hash=item2ebd89801a
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ah nice!, okay so i prob will see if i can pick up a perc 6/i (with battery) for this build, since .. well newer, and never hurts having the extra raid parts tongue.gif prob grab .. a buy it now (really hate bidding redface.gif ) .. like this or something (looks to be around $100~150 range)

might also pick up the perc 5/i 2950 to play a little around with since $50.. isent to bad. im guessing these cards usually have a pci bracket to support them, since they seem like it would fall out otherwise, but i think i would be able to find that on ebay as well (edit: ah yeah like this)

reps again, the links made my life alot easier, gave me a much better idea what to look for biggrin.gif when it comes to raid cards, im totally clueless
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ah nice!, okay so i prob will see if i can pick up a perc 6/i (with battery) for this build, since .. well newer, and never hurts having the extra raid parts tongue.gif prob grab .. a buy it now (really hate bidding redface.gif ) .. like this or something (looks to be around $100~150 range)
might also pick up the perc 5/i 2950 to play a little around with since $50.. isent to bad. im guessing these cards usually have a pci bracket to support them, since they seem like it would fall out otherwise, but i think i would be able to find that on ebay as well (edit: ah yeah like this)
reps again, the links made my life alot easier, gave me a much better idea what to look for biggrin.gif when it comes to raid cards, im totally clueless

Not a problem, glad I could help smile.gif

And yea, make sure you get a bracket if you buy one that doesn't or you could just ghetto rig it with a twist tie like I did until I finally found one at work lol.
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are you making a storage server or just want alot of drives in your rig??

making a NAS or storage server use Linux and you wont need any raid card, maybe just sata card/s if you need the ports and can get new cards to do the job.. just look here
http://blog.zorinaq.com/?e=10

is another option as well

some nice links
http://www.overclock.net/t/1227763/nas-essentials-thread
 
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are you making a storage server or just want alot of drives in your rig??

making a NAS or storage server use Linux and you wont need any raid card, maybe just sata card/s if you need the ports and can get new cards to do the job.. just look here
http://blog.zorinaq.com/?e=10

is another option as well

some nice links
http://www.overclock.net/t/1227763/nas-essentials-thread

hmmm well i was thinking of it basically being a rig with alot of drives tongue.gif (mostly alot of video and music files that would be accessed on the computer locally),although im not 100% i probably will be running handbreak and FL Studio on it as well, putting my programs and such on a 120gb SSD, while putting the files on the raid drives.
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