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cskenney

 

 

Not possible just buy a card. Search amazon for SiL3132

I thought it depended on the box. I thought I remember the Drobo worked this way.

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JazJon

 

I thought it depended on the box. I thought I remember the Drobo worked this way.

 

I think the Drobo can work with a non port multiplier eSata port because it does fancy propritary tricks inside to make it look like one giant disk. (If I remember what I read as well). That's why they are so expensive though.

 

I don't trust my data long term to hardware based raid. Once you have a problem you can't read ANY of the drive directly.

 

 

I'd rather use 3rd party disk pooling software such as drivebender flexraid or StableBit DrivePool to ensure any and all drives can be accessed individually-directly in the event of failure.

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ikon

I think you're being a bit pessimistic about hardware RAID. True, you may not be able to directly read individual RAID drives if a controller fails, but most often you can transfer the drives to another card from the same manufacturer, even if it's not the exact same model. Add a good backup plan to that and I think your data is pretty safe in the long term.

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Michael Brown

I think you're being a bit pessimistic about hardware RAID. True, you may not be able to directly read individual RAID drives if a controller fails, but most often you can transfer the drives to another card from the same manufacturer, even if it's not the exact same model. Add a good backup plan to that and I think your data is pretty safe in the long term.

 

This kind of goes with a question I was about to ask. I currently have a RAID 5 array running on a Highpoint 2640X4 SGL card. That array is filling up so I intend to build a new array with the WD Red drives attached to a 2720 SGL card. Can I attach the old array to the card along with the new array and expect to be able to read the data in the old array? I'd like to do this in order to transfer my current data to the new array.

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jmwills

Does the current card have the ability to expand thru OCE (Online Capacity Expansion)? If so, that's the route to go.

 

Reading back thru your post....are these all 3TB drives? Do you have an extra box to leave the current array running in - build the new one in a new box and then copy data over, then OCE it.

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Michael Brown

The current card can expand but it can only handle 4 drives and that's where I'm at right now (4 x 2TB). Hadn't thought about it, but I guess I could stick the 2640 in my HTPC and copy the data from there.

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jmwills

That's an option!

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ikon

If the number of drives is 8 or less I would think you could do as you suggest: attach the current array to the 2720, ensure it's working properly, then add the new Red drives, create an 2nd array with them, then copy the data from the current array to the new one. jmwills suggestion should work too.

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Joe_Miner

Has anyone found a setting in the modded BIOS to get the eSATA port multiplier to see more than one drive in an external multi-drive eSATA box?

Tom

Not possible just buy a card. Search amazon for SiL3132

 

I believe JazJon is correct.

 

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4030-a-bit-of-help-with-external-storage/page__hl__esata

 

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3892-esata-card-for-hp-microserver/page__hl__esata

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zrtom

Thanks guys. I have a USB 3.0 card in the box and I have a couple eSATA cards lying around. I was just wondering, with the literally hundreds of possible settings combinations the hacked BIOS presents, whether one of the combinations opens it up.

I've tried many combinations but I'm not through yet. Maybe more work with the GPP settings, although my understanding is the GPP port relates to the two PCIe slots.

Tom

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