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6/1 with 6/i works just fine. Both cards are seen in the BIOS. Both arrays can be booted from. I think you can put as many cards you want as will physically fit in a server. I am about to add another card to my setup so I'll let everyone know if 3 cards is a possibility.
    
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hey guys ... if I have 4 x 2tb drives on my Perc 5i and I want to add an extra 2TB to expand the array, how long can I expect this to take ? anyone been through this ?

also, is the array usable for light data access or should I not touch it while its expanding?

thanks
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6/1 with 6/i works just fine. Both cards are seen in the BIOS. Both arrays can be booted from. I think you can put as many cards you want as will physically fit in a server. I am about to add another card to my setup so I'll let everyone know if 3 cards is a possibility.
Holy crap 3 cards?

Do you host for people? Or is your blueray collection bigger than Sony's?

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hey guys ... if I have 4 x 2tb drives on my Perc 5i and I want to add an extra 2TB to expand the array, how long can I expect this to take ? anyone been through this ?

also, is the array usable for light data access or should I not touch it while its expanding?

thanks
Ive gone from 6 to 8 drives before and it took about 26 hours to complete the migration. Your data is still usable when the process is happening.

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Holy crap 3 cards?

Do you host for people? Or is your blueray collection bigger than Sony's?
You could say that... I used to do videography for a university, so I have like, literally years upon years of coursework footage uncompressed that i need to keep around for them to use. The drives and the energy it uses to keep the server online 24/7 are a tax writeoff so i cant complain...
    
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oh and one more question, would the Perc 5i (non raid version) run in a x1 PCIe slot if I cut it at the back to open it up ?
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oh and one more question, would the Perc 5i (non raid version) run in a x1 PCIe slot if I cut it at the back to open it up ?
The 5/iR? Yeah, any card will run in any size slot... its just limited in bandwidth and physical dimensions. If you either cut the slot (not recommended) or use a bridging solution (DuckieHo has a good tutorial on that to use a pci-e x16 card in a pci-e x1 slot). A x1 slot will be limited to 250MB/s by the bus, and likely slower that in real world applications.
    
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OK, thanks the_beast, Stereodude and DJZeratul

But I'm more interested in PERC 5/i

I found this thread:
http://www.overclockers.com/forums/s...d.php?t=628456

"I ripped the stock retention bar off the stock heatsink (the black heatsink in the above pictures) and used it on the Zalman northbridge heatsink to secure it. I then used some 3M thermal tape to secure the stock heatsink to the other chip on the card. With this combination, I can run two Perc 5/i cards in a normal SLi/Crossfire based motherboard."

So it looks like it should work

So my next question is - which EXPANDER will work with PERC 5/i ?
I found info that only PERC 5/e can work with expander ...

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Another question
Anybody tried HP 412736-001 backplane ?



There are two SFF-8484 at the back + special 2x5 power connector
Edited by RobiNet - 5/6/11 at 6:06pm
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I've installed again my PERC 5/i card with "7.0.1-0066" firmware - can anybody confirm if firmware "7.0.1-0081" is worth to install ? Any problems ?
I had warm boot issues with the 0066 firmware on my PERC 5/i, but the 0081 works fine (no warm boot issue).
post #5179 of 7173
Hi all,
This Perc 5i works with the SATA3 HDD's?
Please help me. thx
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The 5/iR? Yeah, any card will run in any size slot... its just limited in bandwidth and physical dimensions. If you either cut the slot (not recommended) or use a bridging solution (DuckieHo has a good tutorial on that to use a pci-e x16 card in a pci-e x1 slot). A x1 slot will be limited to 250MB/s by the bus, and likely slower that in real world applications.
not necessarily true - not all cards will work in any size slot, even if they will fit (although the specs say they should). Some Intel dual & quad server NICs for example won't work in x1 slots - they just aren't recognised. No idea if this affects the PERCs though - I have run a 6/1 in an x4 slot and it was fine though.

I do run a GT 240 in an x1 slot using a riser that I cut up (so not to damage the card or the mobo) and it runs just fine though. I get the same folding performance from it as I do from an x16 slot. Although you will lose some performance on sequential transfers anything involving random I/O or small file transfers will perform the same or similarly even in an x1 slot.
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