I'm looking for network based box where i can plug in some of my 250/300GB drives to get a decent and fast network drive which is fail safe as well. I should be able to plug in about 6 drives.. Oh some of them are still pata, can I mix and match them?
A couple years back I had promise SX6000, that is a 6 channel RAID 5 card for 6 drives with 128Mb cache, but it was far from reliable. I had put it in RAID 5 for 5 disks with one spare disk. Big money for nothing actually. I had more than 2 drives fail on several occasions. The size of the drives was about 200MB so you can imagine how much data I lost, thank god I didn't trust it and taped it all :wink:
I do remember the size of the disk doesn't matter: it will use the smallest of them all on all. I'm not worried about plugging in a 200 while the others are 250: I'm not going to buy additional disks for that.
- GigaBit network connected
- Good cache level
- Supports 6 drives
- RAID 5 or higher
- Support SATA AND PATA
- Has good speeds (i don't expect wonders, I know what RAID 5 does with speed )
- edit: more or less portable (U versions is not practical in our situation)
Hmmmmm .... I've done a little Googling and it seems that your best bet is to create your own NAS using a PC tower case and a RAID card. All off-the-shelf products cost far too much or don't support >4 drives.
That's what I was affraid of
I now have a machine running with about 1.5Tb on diskspace scattered around on some sata and pata disks of 160/200/250/300 of which some are on USB/FW. When I have to move to another office witht the data I have to move the whole PC with the external disks and everything: cables... And last but not least, the backup system is very elaborate on that machine, a raid 5 would surely save us time and money there as well AND power consumption... All in all a "portable" NAS/SAN box with 6 drives in RAID 5 would be ideal. I guess nothing is ideal in the current world