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Well since i got my perc 5/i up and running i am going to purchase 4x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB. Anyone think this is a bad idea? I am just scared from my other raid ordeal.
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Well since i got my perc 5/i up and running i am going to purchase 4x SAMSUNG Spinpoint F1 HD103UJ 1TB. Anyone think this is a bad idea? I am just scared from my other raid ordeal.
4x F1 would cost $600?

You would probably get better performance/size out of 7x WD 640GB AAKS (of course, there is higher risk).

Regardless, 4x F1 will be blazing.... 350-400MB/s read speeds.
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4x F1 would cost $600?

You would probably get better performance/size out of 7x WD 640GB AAKS (of course, there is higher risk).

Regardless, 4x F1 will be blazing.... 350-400MB/s read speeds.
The reason for 4x 1TB will be future expandability.
I did some testing with expanding the raid on the PERC 5 and it all went smooth, scary but smooth.
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The reason for 4x 1TB will be future expandability.
I did some testing with expanding the raid on the PERC 5 and it all went smooth, scary but smooth.
I've never done the expansion... how is it? Can you do a conversion? Like 4xRAID0 to 8xRAID5?
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I've never done the expansion... how is it? Can you do a conversion? Like 4xRAID0 to 8xRAID5?
Yes you can convert from raid 0 to raid 5 or 5 to raid 0. You can add or remove disks. It is very versatile. I only tested 3xraid5 to 4xraid5 but worked nicely. It gives you a prompt to backup data before the process though. I am sure its the mostly likely point of failure.

*EDIT*
For testing purposes i am now going back to a 3 disk raid 0
so i went 3xraid5 to 4xraid5 to 3xraid0
Edited by JustusIV - 8/21/08 at 10:29am
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I've never done the expansion... how is it? Can you do a conversion? Like 4xRAID0 to 8xRAID5?
Any combination you want me to try before I get my rig up and running?
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Can i just use any DDR2 memory on this card? It has a max of 512MB also?
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Can i just use any DDR2 memory on this card? It has a max of 512MB also?
No. It has to be ECC DDR2 and the max is 512MB.
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No. It has to be ECC DDR2 and the max is 512MB.
arg, Ok thanks for the heads up, i missed that in the reading.
I don't think i have any of that laying around.
You upgraded didn't you? you notice anything performance wise? I might just call it off cause this is more of a storage drive then anything else.

P.S. i got my four 1TB's in today, will post some bencies when i get home.

*EDIT*
Does the speed matter?
DDR2 667 vs DDR2 533 etc
Edited by JustusIV - 8/25/08 at 10:35am
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The reason for 4x 1TB will be future expandability.
I did some testing with expanding the raid on the PERC 5 and it all went smooth, scary but smooth.
Wait are you able to expand the RAID array on the PERC 5/i? Like if I had 4x 1TB drives would I be able to add additional drives to that array without having to rebuild the entire array?
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