[mythtv-users] OT Hardware RAID 5 non-Recommendations

F Peeters (MythTV) francesco at fampeeters.com
Sat Dec 23 18:57:09 UTC 2006

On Sat, December 23, 2006 03:14, Andy Speagle wrote:
> I'm not quoting anyone... but thought I'd drop in my $.02.  I'm currently
> using a 4x250GB PATA RAID5 setup in my backend with 4 total tuners
> (2xPVR-350, 1xPVR-500) and I'm quite happy with the performance of
> everything... even with all tuners recording and me watching playback...
> everything is smooth as butter...  other than the occasional DMA issue I
> have due to the VIA chipset on the motherboard (to be replaced soon),
> everything is happy.

IMHO that's better than what I have... I have an Intel board in my server
that has a temp-sensor glitch. It shuts down the server regularly lately,
and when I restart it mutters about having shut down due to overheating
processor... (Though the temp logs consistently show temps between 40 and
48C, and it cannot go from 48C->overheat in less than a minute! And it
even does it when idling!)

Try finding a budget S478 MoBo these days!  :-(

> I can honestly say... speed issues aside... the main reason for the RAID
> setup in my .20 setup is data integrity.  I really don't have any interest
> in losing all of my recordings.  I'm sure there are some Super-Cool (tm)
> things coming with v.21... but even then... you have the potential for
> dumping all of the recordings on one disk.  With RAID... I can just
> replace
> the drive.... and continue on... heh assuming I can still find a PATA
> 250GB
> drive when one of them fails.

That's why I use software RAID... I can mix PATA and SATA in a single RAID

> So... keeping the wife from beating me about the head and neck for losing
> her recorded shows... that's the motivation for RAID.
> Yay.

I hear ya!  ;-)

F Peeters
  PC-Chips M863G Geode - NVidia 440 - Hauppauge PVR250
  Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) - XFCE - MythTV 0.20 - Xine
  Panasonic NV-VHD1 VCR/DVD player case modded to fit it all in...

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