[SATLUG] Affordable raid1 enclosure, maybe nas

Todd W. Bucy toddwbucy at grandecom.net
Mon Nov 30 20:11:02 CST 2009

no your right its an internal pci-e, if you consider what a drobo 
(usually only 4 bay) not including drives will cost to installing a 
perc5i to an existing box I think you will find that the upfront costs 
favor the perc5/i.  true though you do have a system with the 
appropriate drive bays (at least 6 for a raid50) available.


Daniel Goller wrote:
> Thanks, but Perc5/i as in a card for a larger machine that has to be powered
> at all times?
> That's a little far from an usb/esata enclosure or NAS, no?
> Or is there a device called perc5/i (and i can't find googling) that would
> qualify? :)
> Daniel
> On Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 7:06 PM, Todd W. Bucy <toddwbucy at grandecom.net>wrote:
>> Bruce Dubbs wrote:
>>> John Pappas wrote:
>>>> Define affordable, but it seems that you want the RAID to be done in the
>>>> box
>>>> (rather than the host) which would require the RAID logic to be built
>>>> into
>>>> the enclosure, and then one host port (USB or eSATA).
>>>> There is the drobo which many like, as well as single USB/eSATA
>>>> enclosures.
>>>> I have used Promise in the past, but the non-windows driver type
>>>> enclosures
>>>> tend to be more $$ (that addition of a USB/eSATA RAID card raises the
>>>> cost).
>>>> The GigE connected NAS option is likely to cost the same, and provide
>>>> more
>>>> features.  I am currently shopping that market as well, and like the
>>>> IOmega
>>>> (EMC) ix series as well as the Synology DS series (Liking the DS409+).
>>>>  They
>>>> both provide NFS and CIFS/SAMBA, as well as the ability to add others
>>>> (iscsi, rsync, ftp, scp) and both run embedded Linux.  The iomega is
>>>> purchased with drives, and the synology/drobo are BYO Disks.
>>>> As the NAS boxes only require ~45W and does not require the "host system"
>>>> (@~+125W) to be running for clients to access the data.
>>> For RAID, I have always recommended a HW solution even though it costs
>>> more.  The cost of the HW is not really significant compared to the value of
>>> the data.  SW RAID does work, but depends too much on the skill of the
>>> administrator.
>>> As John says, a NAS is an excellent solution because it removes the
>>> dependence on a separate system and makes it easy for multiple systems to
>>> access the data.
>>> I can't comment about the devices John mentions because I don't have any
>>> personal experience with them, but they sound like a good starting point.
>>>  -- Bruce
>> not to mention that if you look around on ebay you can find the perc5i for
>> around $100 dollars.  I like it on my system as it will let me expand to a
>> RAID 50 with 8 drives.
>> Todd
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