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In the end this is mostly just going to be storage for media, I wanted a pooling software simple because to start out I will be using disks of varying sizes.

Diesel- I bought a Adaptec 5405 series to start, found one for 16 bucks and cables for 8

Puffin Ive read about your recent build- any idea how hard it would be to flash this controller to IT mode?

This is going to be a Windows 2008 box, Ill run VM's but thats the part of this I already know how to do.
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So I guess what I meant was, if you're not going to utilize the benefits of a RAID card then just get a regular drive controller for a software RAID otherwise it's a waste

Agreed.

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In the end this is mostly just going to be storage for media, I wanted a pooling software simple because to start out I will be using disks of varying sizes.

Diesel- I bought a Adaptec 5405 series to start, found one for 16 bucks and cables for 8

Puffin Ive read about your recent build- any idea how hard it would be to flash this controller to IT mode?

This is going to be a Windows 2008 box, Ill run VM's but thats the part of this I already know how to do.

I've never used an Adaptec controller (always use LSI) so I don't have experience with it but from just a basic google search it says you can just configure each individual disk as RAID0 which will cause it to act as JBOD mode for presenting individual disks to the OS.
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Should work then, have either of you ever used Stablebit before?
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Should work then, have either of you ever used Stablebit before?

I haven't, no. Even though I'm a Windows admin and that's my bread and butter, I prefer Linux for storage servers. Much less maintenance and they require less physical resources in most cases to run. I was a total Linux noob when I started running UnRAID for my bulk media storage and it wasn't very hard to setup. Being able to use drives of different sizes and easily add on additional drives in the future was the main reason I went that route and I haven't looked back.
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You're going to be wanting to look at LSI HBA controllers (LSI 9207), any sata 3g atleast will do the job if you are using nothing but hard drives. Check E-Bay... they are plentiful and found under 100 bucks usually.

Just to let you know, having any sort of redundancy from a JBOD style setup is going to be mediocre, using separate plugins that may or may not have issues. Also, the JBOD volume will only ever go as fast as the slowest drive in the setup.

You're probably going to want to be looking at UnRAID... seems like its the easiest most common setup. There is also freenas... and nas4free.
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post #16 of 19
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Should work then, have either of you ever used Stablebit before?

It probably would have been better to get an HBA and run it in IT mode; the Adaptec will only run in IR mode as far as I know. Of course, for 15 dollars, it is hard to complain too much! What you will want to do is initialize each drive individually. This will technically set them up as an array, but it will be each individual drive in its own single disk array. You will launch disk management and create a volume on each disk just like you would any other disk, format it, etc. You will launch stablebit, and it will present you with a list of volumes, you simply pick each one to add to the volume and done.
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I did at one point use an adaptec 5405 to run several drives that weren't in a raid. You just set each one as the only member of it's own array. Then they just show up in windows like separate drives.

I guess even then you get the benefit of the controller's cache so maybe it's not entirely a waste.

Here's some crystaldiskmark junk from when I had four 160 gig velociraptors in raid 0 before I got my 850s. 5405 vs 6405 and a bios update in the 6405




The cache on these controllers can read and write pretty dang quick so you may benefit from that even not running multi disk arrays.


I don't know that any particular brand is better than another, I think everyone just has their favorite. I'm a 3rd generation adaptec fanboy
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I recently set up a server similar to what you want

Used an LSI HBA card that gives 8x sata 6gb/s, no raid on board.
Using SnapRAID on ubuntu 14.04LTS for drive pooling.

SnapRAID is not a bad choice, it has no over head with parity, because parity is calculated when you it to be calculated (by writing a script that runs hourly/daily/weekly/specific time that does a parity calc).

My array is around 14 TB at the moment (with a single 4TB drive for parity). It's got under a terabyte free, parity is calculated in about 10 mins most of the time.

You can add parity or data drives of any size at any time to expand your array.

If you have 1 parity drive, you can lose any 1 drive an still keep all your data. If you lose more than that, you only lose data on the drives lost, as data is not striped.

It's a good little system, worth looking into a bit further. I think it suits the usage of a media storage server perfectly.
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spinFX- Linux isnt going to happen, thats not where I want to be with this server. I have windows 2008 already running and it runs well, so thats most likely where I am going to stay
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