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    Recommend me a SATA Raid Card

    I got some old bits and pieces lying around (PIII 800 with 640Mb RAM, HDD, CD, Graphics card). Like to install Linux (probably Debian) and run it as a fileserver and crunch some Folding@home as well (though this won't be much being a PIII).

    I need a SATA card with preferably four ports and maybe RAID so I can get a terabyte up and running. Anyone recommend me a card? Has to be backward compatible to 32bit PCI I think, I had problems with a Linksys wireless card on this mobo due to it not being PCI 2.1 compliant.

    Any pointers appreciated.

    Nearly forgot - has to be cheap!!

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    If you are really looking for cheap you could just get a cheap SIL3114 card.
    You won't be able to get 4x250GB up to 1TB in RAID0+1/5. And running 1TB Raid0 is quite a big risk to take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arthurleung
    If you are really looking for cheap you could just get a cheap SIL3114 card.
    You won't be able to get 4x250GB up to 1TB in RAID0+1/5. And running 1TB Raid0 is quite a big risk to take.
    Was just looking at some Maxtor 200GB drives and getting 3-4 of these for the SATA card.........

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    You just want a regular SATA card really, and let linux do its software raid. A proper card will cost you in the region of £300-£500

    Recommend one? much of a muchness for JBOD cards, so pick something thats <insert linux distro here> compatible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nox
    You just want a regular SATA card really, and let linux do its software raid. A proper card will cost you in the region of £300-£500

    Recommend one? much of a muchness for JBOD cards, so pick something thats <insert linux distro here> compatible.

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    Do you know if a PIII 800 has enough horsepower to do software raid 5 in linux?

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    hmmm, couldn't tell you for sure but I don't see why not.

    You will be running software RAID unless you spend a lot of cash anyway (more than that computers worth) on just the RAID card. You'll soon know whether you have a hardware raid controller under linux when you come to install it

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    What about the revo type products?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=225505

    There's a 5 port one as well.

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=225844

    About 130-160 UKP.. not bad
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