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Originally Posted by virtevan View Post

My old file server died the other day. mad.gif
Not mention it needs an upgrade.

Can anyone recommend a good amd mother board socket am3+ or fm2 to use with my perc 5/I card?

thanks for you advise,

great little board with vrm cooling pci-e x1 and x16 along with a pci slot and lots of connectivity

im probablly going to pick one up when i upgrade my server
http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=NU-555-081-0020&cat=MBB
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can a PERC5/i have a SSD connected & running from it? redface.gif (as well as boot from it)

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post #6463 of 7174
To save going through this whole thread

Can I just use a perc5/i as just a sata card. ie, no raid, just to add extra drives
post #6464 of 7174
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can a PERC5/i have a SSD connected & running from it? redface.gif (as well as boot from it)

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Yes you can, but when you put SSD's in raid on -ANY- hardware raid card (not just the PERC series of cards) they lose TRIM support and thus will eventually self-implode and die at an unknown time. Using an SSD in a hardware raid card though seals the drive's fate and it will die much sooner than normal, at some point.

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Originally Posted by Freakn View Post

To save going through this whole thread

Can I just use a perc5/i as just a sata card. ie, no raid, just to add extra drives

Yes, but you will still have to create a new virtual drive for each hard drive you add, within the controller's configuration menus. You can create a VD for just one hard drive and export it to the OS this way (non raid). Although if you're going to use a PERC card for just adding more SATA Connections it's a bit expensive for that, as there's non-raid SATA cards for significantly less.

Browse some of these non-raid cards here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007607%20600022730&IsNodeId=1&ShowDeactivatedMark=False
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Originally Posted by virtevan View Post

My old file server died the other day. mad.gif
Not mention it needs an upgrade.

Can anyone recommend a good amd mother board socket am3+ or fm2 to use with my perc 5/I card?

thanks for you advise,

Picked this up a few months ago to replace my 775 board. I couldn't get Ubuntu Server 12.04 to see the card, but CentOS worked good and Windows Server 2008 R2 works great with it.

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post #6466 of 7174
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Yes, but you will still have to create a new virtual drive for each hard drive you add, within the controller's configuration menus. You can create a VD for just one hard drive and export it to the OS this way (non raid). Although if you're going to use a PERC card for just adding more SATA Connections it's a bit expensive for that, as there's non-raid SATA cards for significantly less.

Browse some of these non-raid cards here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007607%20600022730&IsNodeId=1&ShowDeactivatedMark=False

Will I need to format the drive within the VD or can I keep the data already on the drives?

I picked the card up for $50 including BBU, 256MB ram stick and a 4-1 cable, add another cable and I'll be good for 8 drives so works out cheap to me
post #6467 of 7174
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Will I need to format the drive within the VD or can I keep the data already on the drives?

I picked the card up for $50 including BBU, 256MB ram stick and a 4-1 cable, add another cable and I'll be good for 8 drives so works out cheap to me

I would very strongly suggest you back up any and all data before plugging them in to the new card, as you may accidentally "initialize" a VD and thus destroy data.

You can create a single VD with 1 drive in it, and export that to the system, and create up to 8 VD's with 1 drive per VD. I've done that and did it with my 8 x 500gb build with this secondary computer I have here, so I could run 8 instances of HDtune and surface scan all 8 drives individually at the same time.

Bottom line, it's your data. If it's important, back it up before working with a new drive controller! Don't listen to someone on the internet telling you it's safe no matter who they are, it's better to back up than be sorry later.
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Originally Posted by tiro_uspsss View Post

can a PERC5/i have a SSD connected & running from it? redface.gif (as well as boot from it)

thumb.gif
Yes you can, but when you put SSD's in raid on -ANY- hardware raid card (not just the PERC series of cards) they lose TRIM support and thus will eventually self-implode and die at an unknown time. Using an SSD in a hardware raid card though seals the drive's fate and it will die much sooner than normal, at some point.

 

The drive's internal garbage collection routines will still run, so although not quite as effective as TRIM under some conditions pretty much all SSDs won't actually suffer too much.

 

It's not a great idea though - the PERCs (especially the 5 series) have a much higher latency than most onboard controllers, and are also limited by 3Gb/s ports, so performance will likely be lower than on your onboard ports.

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Hi,

I just joined OCN simply because of this great thread. I've been using my 3ware 7500 (IDE) controller for many years (maybe 10 ..), started with 40GB IDE and ended with 500GB IDE, sadly my 500GB IDEs started to die (after many years) and my spares have been exhausted so it is time to retire my 3ware 7500 . For the past few years I've been eyeing various perc5i/6i as a replacement and 2013 is the year of change.

I finally got a NEW perc6i of the bay (did the pin mod) , cables and 2x 2TB WD Blacks (i know of the TLER issue), on asus p7p55d-e (pcie x16 slot which is actually x4) . Currently running an initial RAID1 setup (as a test). I'm still on windows xp (!!!) .
Need to do a major overhaul of my disks and I have 2 sata quick swap cages on the way (5 disk and 4 disk) .

Have been reading the last 200+ pages , and have still a long way to go. Lots of great info here.

Thanks,
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