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post #11 of 14
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I've seen mentions of flexraid... but from what I understand it is a software implementation of parity kind of like windows storage spaces or drive extender from WHS, right?

It is software, but unlike windows storage spaces you can connect an infinite number of drives and an equally infinite number of parity drives for security. I currently run 8 HDD's as data storage and 2 HDD"s as parity.

It can also be expanded and changed as needed without losing data, and if the raid array fails your files are stored in whole pieces on their individual HDD's, and missing files restored from parity.
post #12 of 14
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Sounds like from a redundancy standpoint it is as good as a hardware raid 5/6, but I would still worry that the parity calculations could really take a hit on the speed of an already not super fast system.

One raid card which I am very heavily considering still is the LSI 8708 elp, which has a dedicated hardware controller for raid 5 or 6, 128mb ram cache with a battery backup, and I could get one for less than $100... I would pull the trigger on it now but I'm trying to figure out if it will work in a windows 8.1 pro 64bit environment.. The latest drivers Ive found for it are for vista 64bit, and I havent been able to tell of those would work in windows 8 or not... If anyone knows if it would or would not, I would VERY much appreciate that information!
post #13 of 14
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I think what I am looking for is more of a hardware solution, as the system itself is not particularly powerful, and I like the idea of having somewhat consistent configuration and performance across other hardware changes going forward.

Hardware raid cards are a LOT more expensive unfortunately...
post #14 of 14
The parity calculations are not real time, they can be set for overnight or on demand.
I have mine set to update at 2am so there is no hit while i'm working.

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