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May 11, 2012 8:44:27 PM

Hi Guys,

I am new to the IT world(CS student) but I am looking to put together a pretty hardcore home server. I have an intel R1304BTLSHBN on the way. As I understand it, intel RST supports RAID, and it looks like that server contains 6 onboard sata ports.

I am wondering if the motherboard will support a RAID setup without the need for a controller, or if I will need a 3rd party controller. Plan on using sata drives.

For a RAID setup - I believe that I want RAID 1 - 4, 2Tb drives with 4Tb storage capacity and 2 mirror drives.

I plan on running either ESXi or Gentoo.

Thanks for the help!

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May 11, 2012 8:47:02 PM

yes the Intel chipset does support firmware level RAID. It's not battery backed and there are better third party options available but it will get the job done
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May 11, 2012 11:14:08 PM

Thanks for the quick response!

Is there a sub $180 raid card that you would recommend? I am searching through newegg, but there are so many options that its hard to sort through...
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May 11, 2012 11:29:49 PM

best RAID controller for the money is a used PERC6i IMHO You can get them on ebay for $100. It will blow away that intel controller, has batter backup and supports SAS/SATA. You can get them to work in non dell servers.
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