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Sorry, I assumed your 160s were on a PERC since they were in your sig rig... my bad.

Yeah, going RAID5 is a good idea. Depending on what you have on that array, you may want to go even higher with your stripe size... But it really depends on what kind of data you have on there.
    
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As recommended on 2cpu, I reinstalled Windows 2008 R2 with the onboard ICH9R in IDE mode rather than AHCI mode. It made no difference.

I've run out of BIOS settings to fiddle with, so I've picked up a couple cheap 4-port PCIe x1 cards to do the job. I'm assuming the PERC 5/I is incompatible with the Intel DG33TLM board or maybe the G33 chipset. I couldn't find any info about this card on G33 boards. Anyhow, I think I've given up.
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Has anyone had problems with the Western Digital 1.5gps dropping out of the array ? I have a Perc 5i with new cables, BBU and 8 of these drives. I have turned TLER on all the drives, at 7 seconds. I am running ESXi on the server, which monitors the array very well. At first I had the drives in a raid 5. I configured them as 7 drives and the last one as a global hotspare. It ran for several months and then one day I went into the Vsphere client and it showed the array degredated and the hotspare had picked up, and started resyncing the array. Shortly after the rebuild, yet another drive said it had dropped out.

So in the turmoil I backed everything up and shipped the drive off. I found another pre Nov 09 drive and checked it out with the WD diag, put it in the spot of the failed drive and tried out a Raid 10 array. Things seem good, really fast so I decided to run linux and push a lot of data into the array, just for benchmarking and giving it a real test. Drive 5 drops out of the array within hours. Are these wd15eads drives just garbage even with TLER turned on ?
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Hey guys, been trying to get my perc 5i working for awhile, thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas to get it working.

I plug it in and I get the BIOS loading screen for the card, and can go into it's setup. The only problem is, it never sees any drives. Does this for sure mean I have the wrong adapter to plug in the sata drives? If so, what is the correct adapter?
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Hey guys, been trying to get my perc 5i working for awhile, thought I'd see if anyone has any ideas to get it working.

I plug it in and I get the BIOS loading screen for the card, and can go into it's setup. The only problem is, it never sees any drives. Does this for sure mean I have the wrong adapter to plug in the sata drives? If so, what is the correct adapter?
SFF-8484 Host to 4-SAS SATA Cable

http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SFF-8.../dp/B000WBMU1E

Check yours, you might have the crossover versions which are no good. You want the straight thru- versions as referenced above.
    
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Thanks for the link. Is there any way to tell if mine is crossover without opening it up?
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Thanks for the link. Is there any way to tell if mine is crossover without opening it up?
Does it have any identifying marks on it? Numbers, etc
    
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Sorry, I assumed your 160s were on a PERC since they were in your sig rig... my bad.

Yeah, going RAID5 is a good idea. Depending on what you have on that array, you may want to go even higher with your stripe size... But it really depends on what kind of data you have on there.
Well mostly its a mix of everything. Mostly video's that I stream to the other PC's and i store my game ISO's on there. Then there's just my pics, docs, and music. I will be filling the Array more with BD rips though, so thats why i thought a 128K stripe would be better then 64K.
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Well mostly its a mix of everything. Mostly video's that I stream to the other PC's and i store my game ISO's on there. Then there's just my pics, docs, and music. I will be filling the Array more with BD rips though, so thats why i thought a 128K stripe would be better then 64K.
For movies / ISOs, you may be better off with an even larger stripe of 256K or 512K. Your smaller docs would obviously be hindered by this, but if you mainly deal with larger files, a larger stripe is the way to go for performance.
    
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For movies / ISOs, you may be better off with an even larger stripe of 256K or 512K. Your smaller docs would obviously be hindered by this, but if you mainly deal with larger files, a larger stripe is the way to go for performance.
Yea, i think in the future it's just going to be filled with HD everything lol. Thanks for the advice!
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