Suggested Raid Cards?

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Suggested Raid Cards?

Does anyone have experience/knowledge of current raid cards?  I'm slowly putting my parts list together for the server part of my HTPC and I want to use raid 5 for media storage in case of a HDD failure.  This is meant to be a pretty serious server.  Does anyone have any recommendations/watchouts?

I started looking at the 3ware 9650SE, but I'm concerned about mobo compatibility.  It also uses multi-lane cables and I'm not sure they'll work with something like the Athena Power BP-SATA3051B, which I want for hot-swap capability.

I'm certainly open to suggestions, but I don't want to go with onboard raid on the mobo, due to upgrading issues.

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ya know, i can't believe i'm saying this....but...you may want to wait for Windows Home Server. Rumors of what it can do without the limitations/extras required for RAID are pretty promising...and you gotta love all the automated backup feature. just thought you'd want to consider it if you can wait.

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That thought did actually cross my mind, but I want the dedicated raid card to offload the CPU.  If I have 4-8 tuners on the server, plus have 3+ televisions hooked up to it timeshifting or streaming recordings, I want to make sure the CPU has enough headroom.

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Wow... no one else has anything to offer up on raid cards?  Man... I get to do all the hard work.  ;D  Well, I did find out that the raid card is certified to work with several drive cages, particularly from Enhance-Tech.  I verified with both companies that they'll work together and they're the same price as the Athena Power.

Now, if only I could verify whether some of the mainstream mobo's work with the raid card.  They have a few mobo's that they guarantee, but none of the more recent Intel chipset boards.

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I'm in the process of building a media server/HTPC and I think I'm just going to use the onboard RAID5 for it.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16813121052

With a E4300 it should be more then enough for what I want to do with it. Other then that the 3ware 9650SE-8LPML sounds good.

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My mobo has onboard RAID5 support, but I didn't even go that far.  I used software RAID5 under Linux.  So far I haven't had any problems.  Granted, I don't intend to do drive expansion or anything.  At that point, I'll add a RAID card if necessary...

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Lothar wrote:

My mobo has onboard RAID5 support, but I didn't even go that far.  I used software RAID5 under Linux.  So far I haven't had any problems.  Granted, I don't intend to do drive expansion or anything.  At that point, I'll add a RAID card if necessary...

Just a FYI, drive expansion is supported under RAID5 in Linux.  I haven't tried it, but I have heard others who have and say that it works great.  Of course, backups are always a good idea.

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I want the expansion capabilities with OCE, plus I want the 16 port version so I hopefully only need to do it once.  3ware claims that some 16x graphics PCI-e slots may work, but they can't guarantee it.  I'm wondering if I can get 3ware to give me the requirements for the card to work and if I could get any mobo manufacturers to verify their boards.  I have a feeling I'm asking for FAR too much from the mobo companies, though.  3ware has been extremely helpful, though.

I'm sticking with Windows for ease of support (for myself and from the hardware companies).

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