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Hey all,

 

I'm looking at building a new server with a mix of existing and new parts.

 

What I have:

 

HP Z400 workstation:

-Intel Xeon W3520

-3GB RAM

-500GB SATA HDD (Remove)

-DVDRW (Remove)

 

2x 146GB SAS 10K HDDS (Mirror for OS drive)

 

Windows Server 2012 Essentials

 

What I'm thinking of buying:

 

Upgrade RAM to 16GB

 

4x 3TB WD RED HDDs for storage (RAID5 Config)

 

Hot Swap Bay Converter: 

- Silverstone CFP52B Black Bay Converter http://www.silverstonetek.com/product.php?pid=184
- Silverstone CP05-SAS SAS/SATA 6G Hotswap Module
- Silverstone CP06 4-in-1 SATA Power Adapter

 

SAS/SATA RAID Card

 

 

So this is a long-winded way of asking what people would recommend for a RAID Card? I've seen some posts about the Rocket RAID 2720 but I wanted to get an idea what other people are using/recommend.

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the workstation group at HP tended to use LSI RAID controllers. If you download the z400 quick specs there are several versions they support.

 

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Yes, HP used to use the LSI 9212-4i in their Z4xx lines of workstations. Any SAS2008 controller will work in your Z400.

4x 3TB RAID 5 sound dangerous, but definitely doable.

I would pick up an 8-port controller and plan for RAID 6 instead of 5.

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Yes, HP used to use the LSI 9212-4i in their Z4xx lines of workstations. Any SAS2008 controller will work in your Z400.

4x 3TB RAID 5 sound dangerous, but definitely doable.

I would pick up an 8-port controller and plan for RAID 6 instead of 5.

Thanks mdss, I was thinking of possibly going to a RAID6 but I'll also be backing up to another server. But I might still take your advice and plan for a RAID6

 

Keep the 500 gig SATA drive for server backups.

Thanks jmwills, that's a good idea. Can never have too much redundancy :)

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LSI cards can definitely be on the expensive side though.

 

The HighPoint cards definitely do work well, but they're "lower end" cards of the high end storage solutions. 

 

 

Though, if you want to get an "LSI card" for cheap and don't mind flashing the cards, check out the IBM ServRAID m1015 or m1115 (about identicaly) and "cross flash' the cards to IR mode.

 

I've used both, and like both. Though my new SuperMicro board didn't like the HighPoint card at all. 

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It could be. Mind you, if some guy posts that he has 100,000 backups I'm calling the men in white coats in his area. I mean, there IS such a thing as too much of anything :D

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Isn't it (and no such thing as too many backups) the HSS forums motto? :)

Ha ha, true :)

 

Well I'll have ot see what I can obtain RAID card-wise and hopefully all goes smoothly. So it looks like I should be getting the LSI MegaRAID 9265-8i or one of the the IBM ServRAID m1015 or m1115 and cross flash. Hopefully I can find one at the right price, or at all! Sometimes can be difficult sourcing raid cards from Australia, at least for a good price.

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