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You can't have second RAID controller - if motherboard is in "RAID mode".
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Does anyone have an idea if the Perc 5i controller is compatible with the AMD 785G Chipset.

Looking at building a new HT PC and using the Perc card for NAS Services.
I have both Perc5i and Onboard Raid working this moment.

Motherboard is an ASRock A780GMH/128M (m-atx, 780G/SB710) and it's in the PCIEx16 graphics slot.



By the way, has anyone used the WD1002FAEX 1TB Caviar Black for his array ?
Edited by felix - 2/26/10 at 4:13pm
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I am running both Intel RAID and PERC
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my PERC and ICH7R get along fine with arrays on each...
Then maybe something was wrong with my drivers ...
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Then maybe something was wrong with my drivers ...
Some boards won't allow you to have both the PERC and the onboard RAID bootable at the same time, regardless of which you actually choose to boot from. And since you can't usually disable the boot ROM for the onboard controller yet leave it in RAID mode, this means you need to disable the PERC BIOS. You can still run arrays on it, but it won't be bootable and you must administer everything through the management applications rather than the BIOS.
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Is it possible to change the stripe size without losing my data on my RAID 0 array
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Is it possible to change the stripe size without losing my data on my RAID 0 array
Sure, just back your data up onto another drive first. Then you wont have to worry about losing it when you remake the array

I kid, I kid. Yes, you will need to re-initialize the array so you will lose all data on the drive when changing the stripe size.

If I were in that situation, I would make a Ghost or True Image of the drive onto an external or secondary drive, then change the stripe size. That way, if you dont like the performance of your new stripe size, you can just change it again and restore the image until you find the proper stripe size for you. Ghost typically compresses a standard system drive to half of its original size, a storage drive with compressed video or music would typically be much less of a size savings.
    
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Sure, just back your data up onto another drive first. Then you wont have to worry about losing it when you remake the array

I kid, I kid. Yes, you will need to re-initialize the array so you will lose all data on the drive when changing the stripe size.

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Well I have quite a bit of stuff on my array. And no where else to back it up to...
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Well I have quite a bit of stuff on my array. And no where else to back it up to...
If you are relying on a 2x160GB RAID0 to reliably store your data, and you are worried about losing it... it kind of screams out that you should really look into getting an equally sized external backup disk. You can get a 320GB external for relatively cheap and have it back up your data... Use it to find your optimal stripe size (which it sounds like now your RAID0 is used for storage, so a larger stripe would increase read performance) and then you could continue to use it for a scheduled backup of your data.
    
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If you are relying on a 2x160GB RAID0 to reliably store your data, and you are worried about losing it... it kind of screams out that you should really look into getting an equally sized external backup disk. You can get a 320GB external for relatively cheap and have it back up your data... Use it to find your optimal stripe size (which it sounds like now your RAID0 is used for storage, so a larger stripe would increase read performance) and then you could continue to use it for a scheduled backup of your data.
Actually my 160's arn't used for storage. I have a separate storage server with a PERC 5/i running 3 1TB WD green drives in RAID 0
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why can't you back up your OS image to that storage array then? Problem solved...
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why can't you back up your OS image to that storage array then? Problem solved...
ok, i need to be a little more clear on things. I have a separate storage server with 3 1TB WD green drives in RAID 0. I have them set up with a 64k stripe size, but would like to move them to 128k stripe. I currently don't have anywhere to back up my stuff too so i can re-do the array. I'm not talking about my 160's in RAID 0, but separate system.

I think i may of solved my problem though. It will require me to backup portions of my array to other computers in the house, but at least then I can rebuild the array to RAID 5 once i order my 4th 1TB green drive
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