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8 port RAID card

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April 20, 2011 3:51:04 PM

I am looking for a good 8 port RAID card to run RAID 5 on, I have a 6 core 3.2Ghz cpu so I don't think that a software card would make that huge of an impact on the CPU..but whatever you guys reccomend, (though I would like to keep it on the cheaper end)

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edit: can be larger than 8 port if it isnt too expensive

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April 26, 2011 1:33:55 AM

Nobody has a good 8 port RAID card?
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April 26, 2011 6:15:02 PM

There are ADAPTEC, ARECA and HPT raid card... they offer hardware and hardware assist...

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April 26, 2011 6:15:34 PM

Real RAID cards are expensive. Look at this article: http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/raid-array-ssd,2915...

FireWire2 has been posting a ling to a good 5-port device for about $200, but it caps out at 3 Gb/s

Edit: That was originally "3 GB/s". If I could get transfer rates like that, I would have already bought a few of them.
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April 29, 2011 12:39:20 AM

What about a 4 port SAS card, with 4 SATA splitters? Will that work for an 8 drive RAID?
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April 29, 2011 9:05:40 PM

xXMetalicDustXx said:
What about a 4 port SAS card, with 4 SATA splitters? Will that work for an 8 drive RAID?


???!!! I don't think such a beast ever exist.

You can use 2x SPM393 cost $119.00/ea connect up to 10x drives. You can configure the raid as RAID50. Which gives you 2 parity drives and over 430MB/sec transfer rate
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May 2, 2011 2:00:09 PM

FireWire2 said:
?You can use 2x SPM393 cost $119.00/ea connect up to 10x drives. You can configure the raid as RAID50. Which gives you 2 parity drives and over 430MB/sec transfer rate

FireWire2: for my understanding, you would have to do the mirroring at the OS or chipset level? Or can these devices connect to each other?
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May 5, 2011 9:13:25 PM

Once connected

OS will show TWO big drives. 8TB if 5x 2TB are used and 12TB if 3TB are used.

In Windows convert these to Dynamic drive and create a Stripe volume in Drive Manager
In MAC use the built raid function of Disk Utility to create a Stripe volume

That's all to it
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May 7, 2011 2:26:55 AM

so no one ever really recommended an 8 port RAID card..haha
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May 8, 2011 8:14:44 PM

xXMetalicDustXx said:
so no one ever really recommended an 8 port RAID card..haha

Look at the one that Tom's used in the article to which I posted a link. Tom's seemed quite satisfied with it for up to 8 drives, but not for a pair of them running 16 drives. So try one of those.
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