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Old 08-03-2009, 03:52 AM   #1
thunderbox1
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Best RAID solution?


Hello,

I've noticed in the boot-up messages that there appears to be an Intel RAID controller of some kind on my new machine [Shuttle SP45].
The message really flies by but seems to say "no any disks found"!

Has anyone any information on setting something like this up? Currently I have one HDD of 500GB in the machine.

TIA
 
Old 08-03-2009, 04:10 AM   #2
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To configure a hardware raid on your machine you will at least need 2 drives depending on what kind of raid you want to configure. With just one drive it wont be possible to have a hardware raid though you can simulate a raid using software raid on Linux with just one drive but it is pretty useless.
And unless you tell more about your problem its difficult to understand what you want. Till then you can go through this link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID
 
Old 08-04-2009, 01:03 AM   #3
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To configure a hardware raid on your machine you will at least need 2 drives depending on what kind of raid you want to configure. With just one drive it wont be possible to have a hardware raid though you can simulate a raid using software raid on Linux with just one drive but it is pretty useless.
And unless you tell more about your problem its difficult to understand what you want. Till then you can go through this link

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID
Thanks for the reply and link. I've read the information at the Wiki and think that RAID-0 might be the best way to go.

I find that the main limitation with this machine is the HDD speed, no surprises there I suppose! So I thought to investigate the possibility that an hardware RAID could help with this. The machine has 2 ESATA ports at the rear so one or both could be used to connect a disk box with one or more drives in it and that could be my RAID device?

Running Debian Lenny X86-64, kernel is 2.6.29.3
CPU is C2D @ 2.4Ghz, memory 8GB, HDD 500GB Seagate.

Any pointers to implementation gratefully received. :-)
 
Old 08-04-2009, 07:13 AM   #4
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I believe you will need a external drive enclosure.

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The machine has 2 ESATA ports at the rear so one or both could be used to connect a disk box with one or more drives in it and that could be my RAID device?
You give the impression that you are going to just connect a drive to each esata connector.

Something like this Esata enclosure
 
Old 08-05-2009, 01:02 PM   #5
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Yes that's what I had in mind, any confusion is certainly on my part because the machine says that it has an Intel RAID controller. I thought that I could use that in conjunction with 2 external ESATA drives. If I have to actually buy an enclosure with RAID controller incorporated then that's a blow but not impossible of course.
 
  


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