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Ok as an avid member and user of netflix and dvd shrink, and because I want to have somekind of backup I have been thinking about getting 3 of these WD drives and applied a Raid 5 array using the SIL 3112 chip on this board. My question is this, how hard is it to setup a raid 5 array and how much CPU usage does it require. I dont need a huge amount write speed, dvd shrink does take some time to re-encode the dvd's, but I do want a fast read. I also will be 3 more upgrades befor e I finish this rig, the ATi x1900 AIW, a Raptor 150gig and some kind of cheap dual core CPU most likely a Opteron 165 because I like the 1 meg L2, this will become mainly a file server and multimedia PC as my old socket A is dying. But would Raid 5 be worth the slight performance hit as I want to keep my Music and Movies safe, and also how much space do I end up with if I use the 3 320 gig drives? From what I have read it sound like I'll have about 740 as one drive will be the parity drive?

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Anyone, come on I know some of you guys know alot about the different levels of raid some help for a newbie...
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post #3 of 5
I don't quite get why you want raid 5?

I'm not sure what you really want here. From what I can read in your posts, you want it as one big storage disk, or do you want mirroring for data safety?

I will be happy to help you, but I need some more info from you to do so.
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I want the read speed that raid 5 offers as well as the data protection, so if one drive fails I dont lose all the infomation.
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The On-board RAID-5 for these controllers is not worth the effort to enable, it is SW driven.

If speed and redundancy is required then use a 3rd party true RAID-5 controller... or add another drive and Run RAID 0+1 or RAID-10 off the nF4 Controller.
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