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The load becomes larger depending on your array size, as parity bits must be generated for each drive.
HighPoint RocketRAID 2320 PCI Express x4 SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Card
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WD20EADS Caviar Green - 2TB

3 HDDs at first with plans to eventually reach the full 8 HDD capacity in Raid5. I didn't realize more stress was put on a raid setup as you add storage. Would this kind of setup work ok or would the amount of drives with that amount of storage eventually kill the drives/controller?

Plan is for media storage and thats it. OS runs off separate HDD. Files only added and removed every now and then.

Any other solution to hook up more then 4 HDDs in RAID 5 within the same price range?

Also, I'm looking to buy all this at once on boxing day (sales sales sales :-) I realize the type of controller I want probably wont be on sale but I know there should be some great 2TB HDD deals. Basically I really want a card with the ability to attach at least 6 HDDs. I liked the card I linked because the 8 HDD connectivity but is it a junk card?!

Annnnnnnd, could I set up a controller on a machine that already has an OS installed, or do I need to reinstall?
    
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The perc5/6 cards can be found for around $100, plus the price of the sata cables for them usually. They should support a total of 8 drives.

You should be able to setup the controller on any machine with an OS already, unless you want the OS to run from the new drives, in which case you'll have to reinstall.
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Thanks for the advice C9. Sorry to be a noob but do ya have a quick link to one? When I go to newegg, tiger, or NCIX and type "perc 5" or "raid controller" I get large lists and being new to them I'm really not sure what I should be looking for, hence the one I linked...
    
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Something like this guy: http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-PERC-6-i-6i...item1e60611dd0

There's a big topic about them somewhere on OCN.

(edit) Stickied in the RAID section, http://www.overclock.net/raid-contro...card-tips.html
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So what slot does that thing go in? I don't see a connector.

EDIT: Bad wording. I see it's PCI-E but it just looks funny to me. Solved -google images

EDIT2: Just waiting for a flame for such a stupid question...

But, could I throw this in a machine thats already running an OS or would I have to reinstall the OS for this to work? How much are these new? i'm looking to avoid e-bay.

Also, for a record EDIT3 I gotta say thanks C9 for the quick help. I saw these things online but didn't realize they had special cables. I always thought "***? Selling Raid cards for 2 SCSI drives?!?!?!?!?!"

EDIT4: Anyone have any thoughts on those HDDs?
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Read up on them in the stickied topic in the raid section. If you find one new, it'll probably be at MSRP, in the 400-700 dollar range. I suggest buy it now on ebay from a reputable seller.

As for the OS, if you keep the drive with the OS plugged into your motherboard like it is now, yeah you can just slap this into the PCI-E slot on your motherboard, set up an array, and it will be recognized by windows. If you want to run windows FROM the RAID controller, you'll have to put the drivers for the PERC on a USB stick probably, then install windows after setting your array up.
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Yeah, my bad. I've found through limited searches that a majority of people around here wanna RAID for increased performance for OS HDDs whihc is understandable. Not as many are looking to do it purely for storage.

I understand the idea RAID but have had a little trouble wrapping my head around the hardware.

Gonna read the sticky now. rep+ C9.
    
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so lost with this card. don't care about read/write speeds so all the bencemarks are useless to me. just want a decent card that can handle a lot of drives. the cheapest one I found that uses the special cables you pointed out is here LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Kit.

I feel lost because I dont recognize any of the brands. they are all foreign to me so I have no idea whats good or bad.
    
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If you don't care about performance, and just want a storage array, just get something cheap.

http://www.newegg.ca/Product/Product...82E16816132018

Rosewill is Newegg's brand. Think that will only do 4 drives though.
Edited by Crazy9000 - 12/22/10 at 5:14pm
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thanks man. I'm just thrown off by the category having raid cards from $20.00 to $2000.00...

hard to figure out what you need when your new to it. like a gpu, until you try a lot and figure out what you want/need it could be hard as hell to find one type, brand etc etc.
    
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