[mythtv-users] Question re: available SATA ports and linux software RAID

Robin Hill myth at robinhill.me.uk
Thu Apr 7 08:48:49 UTC 2011

On Thu Apr 07, 2011 at 09:28:20AM +0100, Simon Hobson wrote:

> Bobby Gill wrote:
> >Going to be setting up a server soon, am pretty settled on RAID5 
> >linux software RAID. I currently have an ASUS P5K-E mobo that has 6 
> >SATA slots + 2 eSATA slots. I would be using 1 drive for my Arch OS, 
> >so that leaves 7 available slots for my array.
> >
> >My question is, what if I would wish to have a 8/10/12 drive array 
> >either right off the bat or in the future? Would getting one of 
> >these work: 
> >http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=16-101-358
> >
> OK, I think there is some confusion there.
> The Supermicro card you link to is a SAS RAID card - and using it's 
> inbuilt RAID controller will only do the drives connected directly to 
> it. It's overkill because if you are doing software RAID then you 
> won't be using any of the on-card facilities.
True, but you don't seem to be able to get plain SATA controllers with
more than 4 ports (and most have just 2), so I can see the appeal of

> For large storage, you may find this article an interesting read :
> http://blog.backblaze.com/2009/09/01/petabytes-on-a-budget-how-to-build-cheap-cloud-storage/
> I suspect some of the comments about choice of host adapters are out 
> of date, but it does give you an insight into some of the issues 
> involved.
If you just want bulk storage, then that's a very good solution. The
performance will not be great though - 16 drives on a 1x PCI-e slot,
where 2 will saturate the bandwidth. Of course, for a household mythtv
setup then this should be no issue (though you'd need to give some
thought as to how the drives are allocated to arrays).


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