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So I have a 5 of the 5i's and was wondering if you can run more than one on a MB, wouldn't see why you couldn't as long as you have the slots for them, but still. Also, does it have to be a PCIe x8 2.0 or will 1.x work? Has anyone used these on an Intel 500x server board? I know that there can be issues on other Intel chipsets and didn't know if there were issues with the 500x chipset.
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Yeah, you should be able to run more than one. I'm currently in the planning stages of expanding my storage to two 8 disk arrays, one on each card on one low power atom system. Currently I have the cards in separate motherboards.

Should work fine with either PCIe 2.0 or 1.0 slots.

Not sure about that board specifically, but with the pin mod it usually works on most intel systems.
    
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Changing how my Raid 5 works and I have a question, How do you add drives to a prexisting Raid 5 array.

I currently have 4 320GB drives in raid 5 and I am upgrading to 6x1TB Raid 5 however I am wondering if I can copy the contents onto one of the 1TB drives then make a new raid 5 array with the other five 1TB drives. Finally copy the data from the 1TB drive onto the raid 5 array and then finally merge that 1TB drive into the array?
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Changing how my Raid 5 works and I have a question, How do you add drives to a prexisting Raid 5 array.

I currently have 4 320GB drives in raid 5 and I am upgrading to 6x1TB Raid 5 however I am wondering if I can copy the contents onto one of the 1TB drives then make a new raid 5 array with the other five 1TB drives. Finally copy the data from the 1TB drive onto the raid 5 array and then finally merge that 1TB drive into the array?
Yep. That should work just fine. You want to use the reconstruction wizard to add that 1TB drive after you copy the data over.
    
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Yep. That should work just fine. You want to use the reconstruction wizard to add that 1TB drive after you copy the data over.
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Yeah, you should be able to run more than one. I'm currently in the planning stages of expanding my storage to two 8 disk arrays, one on each card on one low power atom system. Currently I have the cards in separate motherboards.

Should work fine with either PCIe 2.0 or 1.0 slots.

Not sure about that board specifically, but with the pin mod it usually works on most intel systems.
Which Atom board are you using with more than 1 PCIe slot capable of holding the PERC? Not the stupidly expensive Supermicro one I hope - that just seems way overpriced, and any saving you make in power consumption will be eaten away by the high initial board cost. The low power of the Atom may also bottleneck your NICs.
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Quick question. Can I convert a RAID 5 to a RAID 6 by adding an extra drive on a Perc 6i?
Anyone can confirm this?
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Which Atom board are you using with more than 1 PCIe slot capable of holding the PERC? Not the stupidly expensive Supermicro one I hope - that just seems way overpriced, and any saving you make in power consumption will be eaten away by the high initial board cost. The low power of the Atom may also bottleneck your NICs.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...205R-_-Product

got one of these on open box, for about 5 dollars more than this (damn, shouldve waited...) and a 25% off coupon. $75 seemed like a decent price to me

i think since its a dual core it should be okay with the NIC since thats its only purpose.
    
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Slots are 2x PCIE-8X, 2nd slot up to 4X though. Not a problem for a Perc, right ?
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Ah - thought you were meaning the new Pineview boards which are all $200+ (and mITX, so not dual slot either). They do have Intel NICs (IIRC) though, and use much less power than the 945GC-based boards though.

I think I would still rather go the Sempron 140 route myself though - I have serious doubts that even a dual core Atom can cope with full bore gigabit transfers, and you can forget transcoding or anything like that on your server also. The power savings aren't their either because of the chipset.

felix - no, an x4 slot won't bottleneck a PERC5-series card anyway. A PERC6 can top 1000MB/s, but the slot won't really be a botteneck in any meaningful way.

Good luck with the build though - I'd be interested to see how it works out. Post some figures when you have them.
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