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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 05-22-2019, 10:08 PM - Thread Starter
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Suggestions on a decent PCI-e RAID Controller?

Hey Everyone,

I'm looking for a PCI-e to slap in this old Dell i7-2600k I turned into a Linux box. The revision doesn't have RAID 0/1 (software RAID) available and I just need a cheap card for this solution.

Looking at Newegg it appears all the reviews are pretty heinous along with the brand choices (SYBA / HiPoint / ETC...)

https://www.newegg.com/p/pl?Submit=E...rder=BESTMATCH

Any ideas/personal experiences you all can share?

Oh and the O.S. will be Ubuntu 18.04.2

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The revision doesn't have RAID 0/1 (software RAID) available
It seems like you would have gone with onboard RAID had it been available. The main difference between onboard RAID and software RAID in Linux is that the onboard RAID is tied to the controller on the motherboard, whereas the Linux RAID can be used on any Linux system. I believe it is very much the same animal when comparing it to the cheap RAID cards. The good hardware RAID controllers are, well, good but expensive.

I would check out The Arch Wiki Page On RAID. It goes over a number of differences, with explanations of different setups. You may want to seek out other guides for using mdadm or LVM to set up RAID. I don't have much personal experience beyond people using onboard RAID or cheap cards and having it fail, leaving them unable to access their data.

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