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I want opinions on the best RAID 5 card I can get with expandability. I am slowly building up a 20 TB RAID for storing blu-ray movies in HQ. Here are the requirements:

- Expandable array (I don't want to lose my data every additional hard drive, I am also not buying 10 x 2 TB hard drives at once, and I will be expanding once I get more and more movies.
- RAID 5 support (I need redundancy, I don't care so much about speed)
- Support for 10 hard drives at least

Much appreciated, and +Rep to useful information about the subject and suggestions.
Edited by Limes - 3/1/11 at 9:35am
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I love Adaptec RAID controllers.......
I have one.
Downside:EXPENSIVE

Adaptec RAID 51645-Yeah I know that it has 16 internal, but maybe you will add more HDDs.?.?

Adaptec RAID 51245-This one has 12 internal.
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Thanks for the suggestions, however the are EXTREMELY expensive. I can see why, but $700-$800 for a RAID card is too much for me.
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Sadly...RAID cards are always going to be expensive...brand new. It'd be best to find one used if you're wanting to spend less money.

As I suggested in another thread...try to find yourself an Areca ARC-1230 or 1260. If you're lucky and patient enough...you may be able to find one at a decent used price (found my 1260 for $350).
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Originally Posted by Limes View Post
I want opinions on the best RAID 5 card I can get with expandability. I am slowly building up a 20 TB RAID for storing blu-ray movies in HQ. Here are the requirements:

- Expandable array (I don't want to lose my data every additional hard drive, I am also not buying 10 x 2 TB hard drives at once, and I will be expanding once I get more and more movies.
- RAID 5 support (I need redundancy, I don't care so much about speed)
- Support for 10 hard drives at least

Much appreciated, and +Rep to useful information about the subject and suggestions.
The PERC 5/e is a good choice, but get the PERC 6/e if you can, especially if you're going to 10 drives. Hit eBay - you should be able to get one for $200 or less; they're common because they are pulled from retired Dell servers, hence the cheap price.

Are you sure you're looking for the 5/e or 6/e? That card requires a connection to an external disk box, or to the external connection on a SAS expander. The PERC 5/i and 6/i are the internal models, but they will only see 8 physical drives unless you replace the firmware with LSI firmware.
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post #6 of 11
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The PERC 5/e is a good choice, but get the PERC 6/e if you can, especially if you're going to 10 drives. Hit eBay - you should be able to get one for $200 or less; they're common because they are pulled from retired Dell servers, hence the cheap price.

Are you sure you're looking for the 5/e or 6/e? That card requires a connection to an external disk box, or to the external connection on a SAS expander. The PERC 5/i and 6/i are the internal models, but they will only see 8 physical drives unless you replace the firmware with LSI firmware.
Sorry for the late bump, I put the project on hold till I got my first set of hard drives. I did mean internal sorry.

Whats the difference between PERC 6/i and PERC 5/i?
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post #7 of 11
As the name kind of implies, the main difference is RAID 6 and 60 support. Also I'm not sure but you may only be able to flash the PERC 5 to use more than 8 drives.
You should read http://www.dell.com/Downloads/Global...0255-Dixit.pdf for a more thorough comparison of the two.
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The other different is performance. The PERC 6/i is a native PCIe device, while the PERC 5/i has an internal PCI-X bridge, which limits it to 500MB/sec on writes. One good thing about the 5/i is that it can be flashed with LSI firmware, which should allow it to see more than 8 internal drives.
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The other different is performance. The PERC 6/i is a native PCIe device, while the PERC 5/i has an internal PCI-X bridge, which limits it to 500MB/sec on writes. One good thing about the 5/i is that it can be flashed with LSI firmware, which should allow it to see more than 8 internal drives.
It sounds and looks by the link posted by Shub that the PERC 6/i is a better choice. Is it possible to allow more than 8 drives with the PERC 6/i? such as doing the flash you mentioned for PERC 5/i?
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By rights, it is the better card, which why I have one. I'm not sure that there is an LSI firmware that will work on the PERC 6/i. You might want to ask in the sticky PERC 5/i & 6/i thread.
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