[mythtv-users] RAID5 ATA IDE hardware card recommendations for
peterl at standingwave.org
Thu Dec 9 19:01:07 UTC 2004
I don't know if anybody else has mentioned this (missed the earlier part
of the thread), but if you decide to go with a hardware RAID solution,
be sure to check out the 3ware stuff. I've had excellent experiences
with their products under Linux and Windows.
> I thought I'd jump in too :)
> I run 6 250Gb SATA disks on software raid5 (with a 250Gb ide partition
> as a hot standby!!)
> I've had 2 disk failures (Maxtor FWIW) over the last few months.
> No lost data (though it came close when one disk failed before the other
> came back from RMA)
> Being able to get immediate expert advice from the linux-raid list saved
> my data.
> I've also migrated the disks to a new machine (last night actually) -
> new motherboard etc - but more importantly - different SATA chipset! -
> no problems.
> See here for more:
> Are you aware that most raid5 cards are software raid?
> This FAQ is essential reading (by linux sata guy Jeff Garzik)
> Also, I use a Promise TX4 card - I wanted another but it turns out they
> don't make them anymore. Ensure that when your hw-raid card dies the
> manufacturer still makes them and the new version has an O/S driver. If
> mine dies and I end up using a Marvell chipset then I don't care :)
> There is also a raid5 'grow' utility with the evms project - I couldn't
> use it for various reasons but it's activley supported.
> Bryan Brannigan wrote:
>> What is the reliability of software RAID in the event of a motherboard
>> failure? Will I be able to recover my array?
>> Can I add drives to the array later?
>> On Wed, 8 Dec 2004 13:44:28 -0900, John Andersen
>> <jsa at video.homelinux.org> wrote:
>>> On Tuesday 07 December 2004 12:51, Andrew Plumb wrote:
>>>> Hi Everyone,
>>>> For those who do use hardware RAID5 cards for ATA IDE drives, which
>>>> cards have you (not) had success with, for use in a mythtvbackend
>>>> machine? Or in any Linux-based machine for that matter?
>>>> I'm pondering picking up something like a Promise FastTrak SX4000.
>>> Why bother. Software raid easily outperforms any of these
>>> raid cards, Its Robust, Mature, Universally Supported, Open Source
>>> and highly configurable.
>>> Oh, and did I say ROCK SOLID?
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