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I have bought 5 Seagate 3TB drives for the HTPC media sever I'm building. I know need to find a solid raid controller to set up RAID 5. My budget has changed recently when I found out how expensive raid controllers can be.

From what I've been told the most important part of selecting a raid controller for RAID 5 is to have decent amount of on board memory and I've been told that 500 MB should be enough. The media server will be running 24/7.

I'm most likely going to be using Windows 7 or OS X.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
post #2 of 32
@OP

If you're going to be running Windows, try picking up a cheap Dell PERC 5/i or PERC 6/i off eBay, then use the sticky in this sub-forum for guidance. If you're going to be running OS X, then you'll probably need to look at LSI, CalDigit or Areca. Bare Feats has a large number of reviews of Mac RAID cards.
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@OP

If you're going to be running Windows, try picking up a cheap Dell PERC 5/i or PERC 6/i off eBay, then use the sticky in this sub-forum for guidance. If you're going to be running OS X, then you'll probably need to look at LSI, CalDigit or Areca. Bare Feats has a large number of reviews of Mac RAID cards.
PERC 5/i's and 6/i's don't support 3TB drives.
post #4 of 32
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help.

I thought about getting a perc card but it only has 256 MB of on board ram which may be limiting.

I'll check out the brands you mentioned.
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@Sean Webster

Good...point. OK then, substitute them for Dell H700. smile.gif


@OP

Unless you're running a database server or a web server, I wouldn't worry. Additionally, since this is a media server, the files you (sequentially) copy to/from it will be far bigger than the cache, so it'll be of little help anyway.
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Thanks for the help!

What do you think about the LSI 3ware 9750-4i ?

I'm trying to see if this will work with hackintosh , not having any luck finding any info.
Edited by Massive17 - 10/15/12 at 9:35pm
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cheap dell perc i5 or a 600 dollar intel raid controller. LSI (card you just linked) makes decent raid cards.
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Dell perc i5/i6 won't work.
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Mac OS X has no support for the PERC cards. smile.gif
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Yea.

I confirmed the LSI card works with OS X, I just need to check if it will work with Hackintosh.
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