I'm so glad I found this site...others out there don't seem to be as "in depth" as this one...
I am building a WHS 2011 box and I want to use this card...and I know it will handle 8 total drives...so here are my questions:
I want to have 2 x 250 GB (2.5" drives) as my OS array and I want to have a total of 6 x 3 TB drives in my data array ...the feeling is I want to be able to replace a drive if one fails from either array. Will this card support 2 RAID arrays (1 for the OS and 1 for the data)? Or will I need to have a separate cards?
If I can have multiple arrays, how do I go about setting up the OS RAID? I'm talking about initial install of the card and installing the OS...I have seen the videos posted here about creating arrays through the windows software but I am fuzzy about starting from scratch and getting the OS installed...how difficult is this?
In my data array, how much will my total capacity be if I have 6 x 3 TB drives in a RAID 5? I know there will be some space left over for redundancy so I won't get the total 18 TB.
Is it easy to REMOVE a drive if something goes wrong?
I know I will have more questions, so bear with me - "Hey, I'm learnin' here!!!"
Thanks in advance...