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 06/06/2005 06:40 AM
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Davvey
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Hi

I have some general questions about setting up some RAID units. The spec of my setup so far is below.

I am thinking of building some RAID units using a 4 or 5 internal drive cage with RAID capability (using SATA drives as SCSI are still pricey) which would link to the motherboard using a single cable to one of the SATA connectors. The SATA ports on the board are SATA II versions so should handle the data rates OK.

Does anybody know what suppliers could supply the RAID set up without using a PCI type interface, also I would like to set these RAIDS up as internal units rather than have external arrays. Intially I would build one unit and then build more as finances allow.

I think RAID 5 would probably be the best set up for me as I am looking for good data rates with some built dATA security. Also I am not really looking for a Hot Swapable set up as any drive failures I could handle by shutdown and replacement. The idea is to use lower cost smaller SATA drives to give larger capacity and some security to Data storage.

The setup is used as a general PC with Internet access for family but I also use it for 3D graphics (Maya etc) CAD and also mnore recently for Video editing and storage.

My long term aim is to use this for storing DVD's and Music which I would then make available to rest of house using WiFi and or wired networking to other PC's and maybe even to media palyers attached to HiFi and TV's.

I know that some of this would maybe better done on seperate machines but during day I am sole user of PC but during evenings and weekends others would use the stored facilities for entertainmanet etc.

I know this is quite long but it's meant as a long term project which can be built up over time.

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 06/06/2005 08:37 AM
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I haven't seen the details on these cages nor am I able to determine how they would connect to any HBA that you might have. I'm sure a phone call would clear up the details and I offer this as only a place to start. Go Here:

http://www.ioswap.com/index.as...tion...WPROD&ProdID=41' ">http://www.ioswap.com/index.as...ion=VIEWPROD&ProdID=41

They have cages w/backplanes for SATA drives.

Good Luck,
Flint

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 06/06/2005 12:24 PM
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redclawkefar
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from my experience with those type of 'bay adapters' most of them require that you have a SATA HBA that can connect 4 drives to it.

this page has some better pics and clarifies a little more too
http://www.addonics.com/produc...system/ae4rcs35nsa.asp' ">http://www.addonics.com/produc...system/ae4rcs35nsa.asp

if i would be setting up a RAID5 with 5 or ore drives i would buy a PCI card that can handle up to 8 drives or more.

or if you're only doing 4 drives...
external: http://www.addonics.com/produc...cont...adsa3gx4r-e.asp' ">http://www.addonics.com/produc...roller/adsa3gx4r-e.asp
internal: http://www.addonics.com/produc...cont...r/adsa3gx4r.asp' ">http://www.addonics.com/produc...ntroller/adsa3gx4r.asp

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 06/08/2005 05:46 AM
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Davvey
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Hi

Thanks to both for getting back to me. The Addonics HDD Array I have seen and have actually contacted them to ask about info etc. The other one I have not seen before, I also found simialr items with Cooldrives and 3Ware.

What I am looking for is something similar to these but ideally with RAID setup built in. The ASUS board has to 2 RAID setups on it by NVIDIA and Silicon Graphics chips which I could use but what I am trying to do was build seperate RAID units and then connect these to the M/Board using SATA II cables as these are rated at 3 GB/sec transfer rates which, would be an ideal transport system to connect the arrays with. I am trying to avoid using PCI RAID cards as I did not see the point of these if the board has RAID anyway.

Ther seems to be afew Fibre Cable and SCSI cards available which do not need to be connected via PCI but can be "remote" mounted and connected using cable connections.

Does anybody know if Multilane cables could be used in this setup. Is it feasable to use an array with a multilane cable to the M/Board SATA II port and then use the RAID facility on the M/Board to build an array.

Thanks

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Davvey

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