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True, but linux has pretty decent software raid, i've tested it myself (mdadm, fakeraid). I should clarify that I completely agree with your Perc suggestion, I just wanted to list an alternative

Rebuilding is also easier with a dedicated controller.
    
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Alright, so it seems the Perc 5i w/ raid 5 is the way to go, but then what about what I mentioned earlier?

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Here you go. http://cgi.ebay.com/DELL-PERC-5i-SAT...item2561725b3e

RAID 5 using the on-board controller = you will hate the system
I did see that one, however I noticed it was used. Think it'll be a problem? Also, what does "2 drive cable" mean? I remember your analogy and..


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Just a quick note on this - the PERCs don't have 2 channels at all. They have 8 ports. The 8 ports on the PERCs (and most other RAID cards) are available through a 4-port multilane connector, but that is just a single connector at one end of a cable with 4 sets of contacts in that run to the separate 4 ports at the other end of the cable. Nothing is shared, and all the ports are completely separate.
^ that explination. So, I would plug this controller in, then grab a cable, plug one end into the card, and the other into 4 harddrives, then the other channel with the final harddrive? Or would the other channel be used to backup, where as the first channel is controlling the raid 0? Wouldn't that only be a total of 4 harddrives then? Unless it's raid 5, then I'd put four drives on one controller, and a fifth drive on the second controller, and have a spare drive somewhere laying around in the event of a drive failure?
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The PERC controller supports/contains 2 4-port cables on it for a total of 8 drives. When you order the card be sure to get the cables and a battery backup with it. The purpose of the RAID card battery backup is just to allow the RAID to save data in the event of a change in the system's power state. (I didn't know how to spelling fluxuation correctly. )
    
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The PERC controller supports/contains 2 4-port cables on it for a total of 8 drives. When you order the card be sure to get the cables and a battery backup with it. The purpose of the RAID card battery backup is just to allow the RAID to save data in the event of a change in the system's power state. (I didn't know how to spelling fluxuation correctly. )
Yes I heard somewhere about batteries and cache savings and what not. Sounds great!

So, I get the server, slap on a small drive for the OS on the onboard, hook everything up, install the raid card, throw 4 drives onto one channel, and two on the other channel- for a total of six drives. Five will equal the final 10 Tb, and the sixth and final drive will be a spare in case any of them fail.

Then, I'll get over my distro colloquies, pick one, slap it on and away I go.

How do I setup with the raid controller? There'll be an option in the bios to use the controller, right?
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Looks good to me man, Personally I use WHS and recomend it to everyone...
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How do I setup with the raid controller? There'll be an option in the bios to use the controller, right?
You will see a controller BIOS screen come up that says to press something like "Ctrl+A" to enter it. You can setup your RAID from there.
    
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I've only messed with software raid in xubuntu a few years ago, but it was a breeze. Though I didn't care what happened to that data.

And something that was said on the first page that I don't think was corrected is that when PeanutHead mentioned hot-swap, s/he was really referring to a hot-spare.

Hot-swap: the ability to disconnect and reconnect a hard drive while the system is powered-up. Typically, the backplane (if used) and case should to be able to do it as well, but I don't think that's a requirement.

[Global] Hot-spare: an essentially spare hard drive that's connected and running, but unused until one of the other drives fails. It then jumps into it's place (virtually-heh) and gets the missing data rebuilt onto it to complete the array again. However, from what I understand, once the dead drive is replaced, the data will then be either rebuilt again or copied from the spare onto the new drive, and the spare will resume it's old post. Global just means that it can take the place of a hard drive in any connected array assuming that the spare is equal to or larger than the dead drive.

Both of which the PERC 5i can handle.

Man, all this home server talk is making me want to get working on one myself.

Good luck!
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Man, all this home server talk is making me want to get working on one myself.

Good luck!
Doooo it. It's a lot of fun. At least I think so.

Also, one last thing that I want to clear before I start

So, I would plug this controller in, then grab a cable, plug one end into the card, and the other into 4 harddrives, then the other channel with the final harddrive? Or would the other channel be used to backup, where as the first channel is controlling the raid 0? Wouldn't that only be a total of 4 harddrives then? Unless... it works as, it's a raid 5, then I'd put four drives on one controller, and a fifth drive on the second controller, and have a spare drive for "Hot-Spare" purposes?
post #29 of 36
Get away from the idea of channels or controllers. The PERC has 8 ports. Ignore how they are cabled. Any of the 8 ports can be used to form arrays with any of the other ports. If you want 5 drives in an array, you can use 5.

How much space do you want, how many drives do you want/have, and what level of RAID are you considering? A PERC may not be what you need anyway if you are considering running *nix on your server, especially if you're looking to save money - non-Windows RAID is excellent...
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You will see a controller BIOS screen come up that says to press something like "Ctrl+A" to enter it. You can setup your RAID from there.

Random question, what happens if you have two identical raid controllers? would one know to goto like CTRL+B?
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