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Would a dedicated raid card be best for my situation ?

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June 8, 2013 6:19:33 AM

Over the last two years, I built two pretty nice computers, but last week I did a dumb thing. I was giving my friend my video card out of one of them and totally forgot they have a latch as well as thumb screws.

Needless to say, I ripped the pci-e slot totally out of my Asus pz77-v motherboard and since I'm not a tool guy, I assume its finished.

Long story longer, over the last week if been cannibalizing between the two computers and now have 1 monster, and the other is on standby till I figure out if Asus will be cool, or if its scrap.

So with all these hard drives, I wanted to get into rapid storage. I've been able to get them setup but they show as disabled in the option rom everytime I reboot so that's problem 1.

Here are the questions I have:

Would a dedicated raid card be more stable and better choice than RST?

What would be the best one for my needs and money?

What raid type most mimics rapid storage, or is RST different than the rest?


And lastly, once you read my systems specs below, can anyone tell me the best configuration to put each hard drive in when I finally get this setup?

Thank you all for your opinions. I'm gonna likely buy something later today so a quick response is appreciated.

System Specs
500r case
Biostar Tz68a+
16gig Samsung green DDR3 ram (my favorite)
Corsair h100 cooler
Corsair PSU think its 800 or 850 watt max
Nvidia GTX 580
And an additional gigabit Ethernet card I bought thinking I could increase throughput.
1 Seagate 2tb sata 3 hard drive
1 WD blue 1tb sata 3 hard drive
2 OCZ vertex 3 60gig ssd which are identical.
1 Samsung 840 100gig ssd

I also have a nzxt 5 fan speed adjuster on the front.

I7 3770 (won't seem to allow me to OC it past 39 as it just drops right back to that when I hit enter. Never had that issue when the i7 was in the Asus PC)

So to summize, the things I'm most interested in figuring out is what raid card can I get at the local compusa that will suit my needs.

Also, what would the best HD configuration be? Should I raid the two identical ssd? Can I raid at the same time I'm using RST?

Oh, I'm so confused....

All responses and ideas are appreciated

Thanks
Ryan
a c 76 G Storage
June 8, 2013 10:17:10 AM

What drives were in RAID mode? From your list, only the two OCZ vertex 3 should have been in RAID 0 or RAID 1 (you should know how you configured them). RST can be installed as long as the Intel RAID controller is configured in RAID mode. It can be used to monitor drives that are RAID members (your OCZ vertex 3 SSDs) or not (your other drives).

Most RAID controllers will support the same RAID types as RST (0, 1, 5, 10) plus 50 and sometimes 60 (for more expensive controllers). I just don't see why you'd need a RAID controller unless you plan on replacing most of your drives by identical hard disks or SSDs.
June 8, 2013 5:28:40 PM

GhislainG said:
What drives were in RAID mode? From your list, only the two OCZ vertex 3 should have been in RAID 0 or RAID 1 (you should know how you configured them). RST can be installed as long as the Intel RAID controller is configured in RAID mode. It can be used to monitor drives that are RAID members (your OCZ vertex 3 SSDs) or not (your other drives).

Most RAID controllers will support the same RAID types as RST (0, 1, 5, 10) plus 50 and sometimes 60 (for more expensive controllers). I just don't see why you'd need a RAID controller unless you plan on replacing most of your drives by identical hard disks or SSDs.


Well, heres several reasons...

1. Im a networking administration student so this is sorta the area I want to learn more about.

2. My current hard drive situation leaves me with a perfect opportunity to give RST a shot on my 2TB hard drive and really see what it can do.

3. What else would you do with two identical 60 gig SSDs when you still have a much better one to use for anything important.

Really, I am just trying to make the most of what the hardware will allow me cause quite frankly, thats my interest. I just wanted to turn to more knowledgeable people first to save me days of reformatting heartache trying to get it to work properly.

As for drivers, I've already reformatted, but I have tried the ones from Biostar directly, as well as the most current Intel regular and enterprise editions. I just figured this question is a no brainer for some people and they wouldnt mind wringing out some of that knowledge upon my face and head so that I may wet my beak. Heh


edit: Also, yes, the OCZ (of which there are two!) wouldnt be the only candidates for RST. If you read above, technically the Samsung 840 could be used as a caching drive for the 2TB hd couldnt it? Ofcourse it could, it just would have been a waste.


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a c 76 G Storage
June 8, 2013 6:43:43 PM
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1. That makes sense, but other than originally setting it up, a RAID controller requires very little management. Your time probably would be better spent learning AD, Windows Server 2012, Linux, VMware, etc.
2. I presume that you meant SRT (Smart Response Technology) because RST (Rapid Storage Technology) handles RAID.
3. Use one for SRT and the other one for whatever you like.

Please don't confuse SRT and RST.

I'd use the Samsung 840as the boot drive.
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