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    cheap RAID

    as its supposed to be....innexpensive

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/produ...duct_uid=40971

    40gig Maxtors....quiet....reliable...

    stripe 2 and mirror them with 2 more....

    £29 each inc vat. £116 for 80gig mirrored sexxeh

    You just cant go wrong. If your PC runs valued stuff, and if you've always wanted to try RAID, whats stopping ya?

    not the cost, thats for sure

    some older PC's (Athlon 1400 era) had a RAID chip on board.....make a nice game server with a gig of ram
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    Oh - i think it's raid 5 time for my fileserver. Oh yes siree i do sir.

    4 x 40gb in raid 5 = 120GB of fast reliable storage. Yum.

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    they are superb drives. Have used them lot and are very quiet and slim and cool

    Awesome value....awesome
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    Butuz , you might have some fun finding an IDE RAID card that supports RAID 5. The 0+1 option is more common ( esp with the onboard kit )

    If you have the space , stick those drives in caddies - it will make life a lot easier shoudl a drive fail
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    Adaptec are doinga nice deal on a S-ATA raid card and 4 bay hotswap enclosure at the moment for people wanting the next level.

    I'm sure when the RAID concept was first thought off , large drive were VERy expensive compared with the smaller ones ( price per gig/meg rose as you got to the larger volumes ) hence combining smaller drives was "inexpensive"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick
    Butuz , you might have some fun finding an IDE RAID card that supports RAID 5. The 0+1 option is more common ( esp with the onboard kit )
    highpoint rocketraid 454, think komplett sell them.

    i can say from experience with cheap ide raid to never get silicon image, highpoint si teh uberwinzar

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    yep - I've got a rocketraid 404 on my desk - at the time I think it was the only one that did raid 5 and it needed a firmware update for that. Its nice to see that hipoint have sorted them selves out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by directhex
    i can say from experience with cheap ide raid to never get silicon image, highpoint si teh uberwinzar
    Totaly agree. My highpoint card rocks compared to the onboard SI one i was using.
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    http://www.komplett.co.uk/k/ki.asp?sku=119239&cks=PRL

    Thats the raid card, £80 - not too expensive.

    I dont need hot swap as the file server is not mission critical. Just gonna set up raid 5 on 4 drives + hot spare. can sustain a faliure of any 2 drives with no loss (tho not if both drives fail at the same time, but thats unlikeley!).

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    (tho not if both drives fail at the same time, but thats unlikeley!).
    you'd be suprised. Its one of those cases where 1 in a million chances crop up every day.

    for best results with raid you buy the same type of drive. If they all come from the same batch , which isn't beyond the realms of possiblility then they would have very similar MTBF's which can lead to two drives keeling over within minutes of themselves.

    just remeber that RAID is no substitute for having a backup
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    yeah..RAID is no substitute for safe sex...always use a condom....
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    http://www.tmc-uk.com/Products/stora.../pATA_7500.htm

    Take your pick; everything but the 2 port will handle RAID5. They also do sATA controllers too
    Simon


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    most of us can't afford a hardware raid controller, especially not a 3ware

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    I'm still looking for somewhere in the UK that does the Promise sx4000 .... I've seen them on US sites for $100, so that should be a "reasonable" option
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zak33
    yeah..RAID is no substitute for safe sex...always use a condom....
    Somthing on the mind, dear ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moby-Dick
    just remember that RAID is no substitute for having a backup

    yeah..its Moby helping protect the likes of ME from myself
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