I have been searching online and cannot find a clear answer for this.
I am running a very basic media/file server at home and was going to start running a 4X 3Tb Raid 10. File server serve 5 computers in the house and the media server serves around 15 clients. I was looking at some LSI cards but was confused between HBA and a Raid Controller (9211, 9240/9260). Soon (next year or so I will most likely be moving the components from my current rig to the server but want to make sure I will be able to transfer the raid setup without transferring and rebuilding the array.
Does the HBA just software raid like the motherboard would use? What card would you recommend?
I can't remember the exact motherboard (can look up tomorrow if necessary), phenom x4 9600, 4gb DDR2, 1X PCI 8X available.
yes any RAID done through a HBA will be a software RAID. Yes if you move the RAID card to a new system you shouldn't have to rebuilt the array. You will of course have to install the RAID driver during OS install.