Hello, I first posted some of this 4 weeks ago and received zero feedback. I have just purchased a 6/i from borito4 and am waiting for it to arrive. I know this is the definitive PERC forum and I have read many many pages of this thread and still have some questions.
I built a home server with an Asus A8N-SLI Premium with an AMD 3000 chip running WinServer2003 Enterprise. This is not used for apps, more for home computer (4) system backup and as a file server. Four computers access this server but almost never at the same time.
2 36 GB raptor in Raid 1 (onboard, OS Drive)
4 320 GB Seagate ES drives in Raid 5 (onboard, used for images of networked computer’s OS drives)
I also have 4 1.5 TB Seagate drives (upgraded firmware, not installed) that I would like to run in Raid 5 for Media storage (DVD rips, MP3, etc.).
1. Should I upgrade the computer for this setup (EP45-UD3P, E5200)?
2. Do I keep the 2 raptors in Raid 1 onboard or swap it out for 1 74gb I have laying around and eliminate onboard Raid?
I think that is it, any help would obviously be greatly appreciated, thanks!
I think your PC is fine, although probably a Quad-core would manage better (=budget driven choice as opposed to performance driven choice)
I had real issues getting an ICH10R array to play ball with the perc... in the end, I gave up and ran my raid1 O/S drives on the perc and 6 drives for storage. I would simply say try it and see... if the AMD chipset works well with the perc card... you might be able to get away with it.