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I have an old 5i connected to a 6x1.5GB in raid 5 for a 7.5TB total storage in my home file server / htpc machine (X58 motherboard).
Its watercooled and has a limited space for only 6 HDDs.

Currently I'm using green drives because of the cost when I built it at first, and I have been running this computer non stop (I think it restart it maybe twice a month if at all). Its running my site, FTP server, I'm working on files from my main computer, and my render server is also working on it non-stop a couple of days a week.
So I'm not giving these drives an easy life.

I have an option to buy 6 WD red drives, 3TB each, so its a good chance to upgrade my file server. I will want to run them at raid 6 instead of 5, which will give me "only" 12TB for almost full redundancy.

I will need a new raid controller, so I'm looking for a suggestion.

Hopefully something with software for windows 7/8 (its my htpc computer as well) to keep track if any issues rise (the software I have for the 5i has most issues than working).

The easiest I can get is a LSI or adaptec controller, since there is a local store selling them (a bit overpriced, but still local). Else I will have to order something off ebay/amazon.

I was considering the 9260-8i kit because the 9240-8i does not support raid 6.
Another option was still getting the 9240-8i and do a raid 10 instead (and losing another 3TB storage).

So any suggestions advice on the matter?

Thanks.
Edited by Defoler - 3/16/13 at 1:34pm
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The 9260i is great and RAID10 will perform better than RAID6, so it's up to you to determine the cost to performance benefits.
   
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Thanks.

I'm still torn if to use raid 10, and than the 9240 is enough for me, or use raid 6, lose performance but gain 3TB.
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If you're using it for what you are using it for, I'd go with raid 10. I use raid 6 in a rig built solely for the purpose of backups-I didn't care about performance, only space. I have raid 10 running in FTP and NAS servers where performance was wanted... Unless you really NEED the extra 3TB of space, raid 10.

At your local store, what are the Adaptec cards available? I'd still take the LSI, but I'm just curious... lol Some reason I have one Adaptec and two LSI cards... and I cannot decide which I like better... doh.gif
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I can get something like the Adaptec 6805 which looks closer to the 9260-8i but a bit cheaper as it comes with the cables, and the 9260-8i kit cost about 50$ more here.
There is also the 6805E which is a lot cheaper, but is a PCIE-4x instead of 8x. I don't know how much it will really matter in performance terms.
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Only real reason I like my Adaptec card is the placement of the connectors on the card itself. rolleyes.gif

Yeah, I'd go with the LSI... lol tongue.gif Unless you care where the connectors on the card are... lolol

EDIT: I wouldn't get the 6805E... If you have money, I'd get a 6805Z... lol But it's $200 more... xD

My Adaptec is the 51645... It's older, so not as fast as the newer ones, but I still like it. tongue.gif I forget the model of the LSI I have, but it is pretty much the same performance wise....
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Thanks.
I guess I will go with the 9260-8i.
There is also the upgraded version 9265 I see, but Its a bit stretching my budget.
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The 9260-8i should be just fine unless you live in heaps of money... wink.gif
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I would recommend looking on ebay for second hand IBM cards if you are comfortable with that:

IBM ServeRAID M1015 which has an LSI SAS2008 chipset and is essentially an LSI 9220-8i just limited to RAID 0,1, 10 and JBOD
But you can flash to the LSI SAS 9211-8i or the SAS 9240-8i firmware for raid 5 and 50

or

IBM ServeRAID M5014 which has an LSI SAS 2108 chipset. RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and 50 but no RAID 6 and RAID 60
This one has battery backup unit and also 256mb of cache, which is basically an LSI 9260-8i with half the cache.

The M1015 is $100-130 and the M5014 is $140-180 on fleabay biggrin.gif

If you want to spend a bit more then the M5015 is more beastly and is ~$250
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I would recommend looking on ebay for second hand IBM cards if you are comfortable with that:

IBM ServeRAID M1015 which has an LSI SAS2008 chipset and is essentially an LSI 9220-8i just limited to RAID 0,1, 10 and JBOD
But you can flash to the LSI SAS 9211-8i or the SAS 9240-8i firmware for raid 5 and 50

or

IBM ServeRAID M5014 which has an LSI SAS 2108 chipset. RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and 50 but no RAID 6 and RAID 60
This one has battery backup unit and also 256mb of cache, which is basically an LSI 9260-8i with half the cache.

The M1015 is $100-130 and the M5014 is $140-180 on fleabay biggrin.gif

If you want to spend a bit more then the M5015 is more beastly and is ~$250

Thanks for the suggestion.
I will look into it. thumb.gif
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