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I joined the forum because of this thread...TONS of great info on using these 5/6i cards in here.

Just wanted to say hello to everyone, and share something that should make you all jealous Picked this up on Ebay last week, and tested it to verify it's working. Just waiting on drives now to build it up (tested with two drives in a machine at work).

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT



Thats right...a BRAND NEW PERC 6/I card for 11$ don't think you can beat that... I also grabbed a PERC 5/I for 99$, as i had bid on that before seeing the 6/i...may either sell the 5/i or put it in my desktop and use the 6/i in my file server.
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Thats right...a BRAND NEW PERC 6/I card for 11$ don't think you can beat that... I also grabbed a PERC 5/I for 99$, as i had bid on that before seeing the 6/i...may either sell the 5/i or put it in my desktop and use the 6/i in my file server.
I hate to burst your bubble, but my current record is $15 shipped for a PERC 6/i, and that included the BBU and cable...

It was advertised (wrongly) as a SAS 6/iR, hence the lack of interest from any other buyers
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Anyone who has any 512mb memory modules for perc6E that they want to offload with or without the battery I am wanting 1 or 2 of them.

Got other sas swaps to offer and perc related parts. still got a backplate left for a perc5i among other items.
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Does anyone have a link or directions to add more that 4 drives in raid 0 on the perc 5i. I just got 2 WD Drives that match the 4 I have currently in raid 0. I thought I read you could do it but something had to change with the way you set it up. Is it worth the effort?
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Does anyone have a link or directions to add more that 4 drives in raid 0 on the perc 5i. I just got 2 WD Drives that match the 4 I have currently in raid 0. I thought I read you could do it but something had to change with the way you set it up. Is it worth the effort?
You will need an SAS expander. Check it out.
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You will need an SAS expander. Check it out.
Not unless he wants to go to more than 8 drives.

And the PERC 5/i does not support most expanders on the market (not that there are many) - it's pretty much limited to the Dell MD3000 (IIRC).
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So has anyone used MegaRAID storage manager in Linux? I'm running Arch so I'll have to try and convert the RPM or .deb packages they have since they don't offer the source code. I emailed support and asked them if the source and makefile(s) were available. They gave the typical 'we don't support that' response.

There is a package in the AUR called megamgr, however when I run megamgr it fails to find /dev/megadev0.

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Not unless he wants to go to more than 8 drives.

And the PERC 5/i does not support most expanders on the market (not that there are many) - it's pretty much limited to the Dell MD3000 (IIRC).
True, for some reason I though he was asking how to increase the number of drives past 8 I wouldn't mind checking out that MD3000 though. I may grab one if they're cheap enough.

Mother of God the MD3000 is expensive. I was hoping for a cheaper option than that.
Edited by binormalkilla - 9/29/10 at 11:58pm
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I may grab one if they're cheap enough.
They aren't. Sadly.
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They aren't. Sadly.
Yea it's unfortunate. It would be nice to just build a massive RAID array just for fun.
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Yea it's unfortunate. It would be nice to just build a massive RAID array just for fun.
You can do that still - couple an Areca 1680x with an HP 36-port SAS expander, and throw the whole lot in a 20-bay Norco 4020, add your choice of low-end cpu & mobo, 2GB RAM & ~750W psu, buy a second Norco & ~650W psu and some long SATA cables - hey presto, 40 bays of RAID6-capable goodness for ~$2000 or so with 36 bays capable of being used in a single array, leaving the other bays for you OS drives etc.

The SATA ports/bays are the (relatively) cheap bit - adding the drives is where it gets spendy...
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