[thelist] [OT] Hardware question about RAID...

Ken Schaefer Ken at adOpenStatic.com
Wed May 7 21:38:22 CDT 2008

The RAID controller in your NAS is probably a cheap on-board component as well. The difference is merely in the implementation (drivers etc)

Decent dedicated RAID controllers that can do RAID5 (so the 4 port models) start at about US$350-400 or so for a mid-market brand (3WARE etc), and only go upwards from there. Most NAS devices don't have those as they add significantly to the cost.

On the other hand, if you are suggesting that OP buy a dedicated NAS device for storage rather than try to store this all on their main PC, then you do have a point. But access over a LAN to a NAS is usually much slower than accessing local storage.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-
> bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Norman Bunn
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> Subject: Re: [thelist] [OT] Hardware question about RAID...
> Tris wrote:
> > Hi all...
> > I'm building my first PC..
> > I want to use a RAID configuration and see that many motherboards
> > offer raid 5 as standard.
> > This is what I was after, but assumed I'd need a raid card to do
> that.
> >
> > so my question is, will a motherboard such as:
> >
> http://www.aria.co.uk/Products/Components/Motherboards/Socket+775+%28In
> tel%29/Gigabyte+GA-P35-
> DS3L+iP35+Express+%28775%29+Motherboard+?productId=30549
> >
> > Offer me a reliable raid set up?
> > I've just using it to host media through my house, so the load will
> be
> > minimal...
> >
> > Any tech heads out there, know what's what?
> >
> > Tris...
> >
> My personal feeling is that onboard components, while fine in some
> respects (less expensive), are typically inferior to add-on units that
> are specifically tailored to your needs.  As an example, my son's PC
> has
> onboard RAID, and it has given him nothing but trouble, while a
> dedicated RAID 5 NAS I have just keeps on ticking.
> ---
> Norman W. Bunn
> norman.bunn at craftedsolutions.com
> 803.405.1008

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