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What the title say.

D510MO with PCI 2-sata card (Rosewell RC-201) for up to 4HDD
WHS 2011 installed with StableBit Drivepool for 3 2TB HDD and one 2.5" OS.

The configuration was that I had my OS on the laptop drive but the HDD was failing soon with reallocated errors and bad sectors but it was working still and the damage sector/block haven't increased in a while (few months). And the 3 2xTB was new and they was no error at first.

Anyway, in the days leading up to it, if I were to backup, sometime the server would crash (as in I can't remotely log in) and I had to manually restart it. But I did have 2 successful backup on the server, so when my main computer had some problem that I couldn't figure a way to fixed (restore didn't work), I decided to restore from my previous backup from the server.

Oh boy...20+ hours later, and I discover that A) my backup is...incomplete(and corrupted) B) My PCI sata card was causing hell. Whenever I try to transfer file using Drivepool to move file off from the 2 PCI's sata controller, it would crash on me. I had to do take several attempt because if I were to copy/paste the file off of those HDD, after 5-7minute, it would freeze up.

Every time it would freeze up, after I restart it, I would check Event Log and see what's up. There's A) Sata controller issue, B) bad block, C) something about audit event being drop which I google and it seem related to a bad sata controller or a bad sata cable.

And after a while, I checked HD Tunes for SMART error and notice that one of my drive have 3 Ultra DMA CRC Error which it didn't have a few weeks ago. Great, another bad cable or possiblly bad sata controller (the worst part was that this was the 2nd HDD connected directly to the motherboard).

A few hours later, one of my other new HDD had 133 Ultra DMA CRC error. 133 in less than 10 hour of use? wow...<_< I blame a cable or something.

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TLDR:
Would something like a bad sata controller crash/freeze up a server? Or something like heavy load on the PCI SATA card? I don't think my OS drive was affected but it had to do with my data HDD that was hook up to it. It might have to do with a bad OS drive, but I installed WHS 2011 on the new HDD and it would still freeze up. As of now, I'm running a 2.5" HDD as an OS and an single 2 TB on my only 2 sata port on the motherboard. I haven't try out the PCI 2-sata card with new cable that I'm waiting for. Or maybe it's something drivepool related.

If no one understand, than I can at least rant about how frustrating as hell to discover something like this that no one seem to heard about. Maybe if not that, it was just a bad PCI SATA card, or bad cable, or using Drivepool, or bad OS drive or a combination of all of those that made my backup recovery process impossible.

Now, I'm thinking of selling the motherboard and buying a new mobo with 4 SATA port now. So costly.
Edited by Samuez - 6/7/13 at 8:23pm
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That controller coupled with Stablebit is likely the issue. I think I would give it a try without Stablebit installed. The idea of having one large drive is nice but really not necessary to me. If you need it though then give drive bender a try instead.
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Ya, I'm just doing one drive now without the PCI sata controller. I'm going to buy an another one and try it again with Drivepool. I really like Drivepool for what it does.

I went and installed some drivers for the D510MO motherboard, since it might be driver problem since I was using the generic one from windows.

And I hope these new SATA cables will help too.

I really like the mini itx case, and it's a toasty 43c for the HDD with a 700rpm fan so I can sleep without hearing any noise.

Hope for the best!
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Its gotta be the RAID card. It's trash. It's not even hardware RAID. Silicon Image is notoriously bad. Their drivers are subpar as is their products.

Ditch that card and get something better. You can snag a Dell Perc 5i or a HP P400 card for $40-$60 on eBay or even here. These are REAL RAID cards with dedicated processors and RAM.
    
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Ya, I don't use it for raid. I'm just using it as extra 2 sata mode and out of the 250+ reviews on newegg, it's pretty good for what it does.

And I'm using it with combination of WHS 2011 and Stablebit Drivepool.

p.s: what a pain, somehow I lost a file within my document folder, and that file contain all of my serials key and account ID and passwords for all my known account. I don't have my windows 7 64bit serial key anymore...
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edit: posted twice by accident.
Edited by Samuez - 6/8/13 at 12:13pm
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Ya, I don't use it for raid. I'm just using it as extra 2 sata mode and out of the 250+ reviews on newegg, it's pretty good for what it does.

And I'm using it with combination of WHS 2011 and Stablebit Drivepool.

p.s: what a pain, somehow I lost a file within my document folder, and that file contain all of my serials key and account ID and passwords for all my known account. I don't have my windows 7 64bit serial key anymore...

Either way, they're trash.

Get something like THIS You'll never look back.
    
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