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Old 09-22-2004, 01:35 AM   #1
lagreca
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Linux hardware RAID suggestions please...


I'm building a small business linux server and would like to incorporate a hardware RAID. I have never done a hardware RAID with linux before and am looking for a solution that is inexpensive, uses IDE drives, and is relatively easy to build.

I had my eye on:
HighPoint RocketRaid 100 and 133 and 3ware 7006-2, since they were all within my price range.

Can anyone suggest one of those, or any other one that would fit my needs?

By the way, I will probably be running Fedora (latest stable version) or RedHat 9.

Thanks for your ideas!
 
Old 09-22-2004, 01:52 PM   #2
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Hello,

If you are going to use a raid controller I suggest you do a google search and double check that fedora works with it, otherwise you might spend 80 and then find out it wont work.

I am also trying to figure out how to get raid 1. My controller is on the mobo. No luck as of yet though.

For parition configuration I suggest looking at this thread, I used a modified version of it to help me arrange the data on my server.

http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=20313

I also created a separate parition for sql databases and the like.

How many hard drives will this machine have?
 
Old 09-22-2004, 03:20 PM   #3
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Maybe you should consider a Raid integrated motherboard?

http://www.tldp.org/HOWTO/ATA-RAID-HOWTO/

if you feel using IDE would be ok, then this should be a sensible alternative.

Have a read over the howto and see if it suits your needs.

I know financially, its almost guaranteed too!

Yours

Oli
 
Old 09-22-2004, 08:24 PM   #4
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The only hardware RAID that you listed is 3ware. Highpoint is software RAID and same goes for INTEL, VIA, Silicon Image, Promise. I suggest using Linux built-in software RAID for Highpoint, VIA, INTEL, Silicon Image, and Promise controllers.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 01:24 AM   #5
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Originally posted by mouse46
Hello,

If you are going to use a raid controller I suggest you do a google search and double check that fedora works with it, otherwise you might spend 80 and then find out it wont work.
Precisely the reason I posted here. To find the most common linux supported hardware RAID controller.

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How many hard drives will this machine have?
I am thinking about putting 2 120-200GB drives and mirror them. Not exactly sure on the size yet, but something big.
 
Old 09-23-2004, 01:27 AM   #6
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The only hardware RAID that you listed is 3ware. Highpoint is software RAID and same goes for INTEL, VIA, Silicon Image, Promise. I suggest using Linux built-in software RAID for Highpoint, VIA, INTEL, Silicon Image, and Promise controllers.
I'm not quite sure I understand. So the highpoint cards don't actually do any processing, only the 3ware cards do? Then what is the need for the card in the first place?
 
Old 09-23-2004, 04:11 AM   #7
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Originally posted by lagreca
[I am thinking about putting 2 120-200GB drives and mirror them. Not exactly sure on the size yet, but something big. [/B]
Someone might need to correct me on this one, but isn't it better to have a separate drive for boot. I remember people having problems with boot on raided drives.
 
  


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