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    Re: Help trim down my spec .. Media Server

    Quote Originally Posted by 8bit View Post
    Software RAID5? I thought the Promise controller was for hardware RAID5...
    Not at £59.. true hardward RAID-5 doesn't come in at under £300 normally.. there are FakeRAID ones for less of course, but from experience Linux doesn't see the arrays on these, just the drives themselves.

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    Re: Help trim down my spec .. Media Server

    Ah I see. Your other option would be to get hold of a Revo64 3-port or 5-port card. They don't do RAID5, they're RAID3 which offers the same redundancy level, similar read performance and better write performance than RAID5. The 3-port version is about £24 from scan.co.uk just now and it is supported in the Linux kernels included from Ubuntu Edgy onwards.

    That would save you another £35 which (combined with dropping the 2x 80GB drives and the disk cage) brings your savings to £126. That brings you not too far beyond your £500 price point.


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    Re: Help trim down my spec .. Media Server

    Quote Originally Posted by 8bit View Post
    Ah I see. Your other option would be to get hold of a Revo64 3-port or 5-port card. They don't do RAID5, they're RAID3 which offers the same redundancy level, similar read performance and better write performance than RAID5. The 3-port version is about £24 from scan.co.uk just now and it is supported in the Linux kernels included from Ubuntu Edgy onwards.

    That would save you another £35 which (combined with dropping the 2x 80GB drives and the disk cage) brings your savings to £126. That brings you not too far beyond your £500 price point.
    Now you're just getting clever! Sounds a very promising line of enquiry, I shall look into it. Scan tends to be my preferred choice as I can call in on the way home from work

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