Hello All, First time posting here, This is an awesome forum and i think will be a nice resource as i build my home automation/media platform for my house. I've read about 30% of this thread (the last 20 pages and prob like 80 form the beginning) but have see its migrated to a lot of things)
My media server started a little over a year ago when I upgraded to an i7 mobo and all, which replaced my e6420 P5K deluxe board w/ a GTX8800 that was now sitting on a shelf, My roomate suggested we build a media server, and so it started... I used the old mobo and parts and added a few JBod to the mobo which had 6 sata and my roomate had pci expansion slot that added two. Fast forward a bit, I'm leaving to head back to NJ and we split the server up ( he had some drives in it and i'm now diving into server stuff with Raid) I plan on using the server for Ripping dvd's etc, recording live tv, and running all the home automation stuff. The board i have is more than enough to handle, but has old pcie gen 1 slots and pci slots. Most controllers i have been looking at are pcie gen 2. It was running WHS 2011, But i've put 2008 R2 enterprise on mine (overkill but It was free)
Sooo with the above, I'm looking for some advice as to where to go, I've Decided on running a raid 5 (early) and upgrade to Raid 6 later as i get a few more drives(would like to let pricing settle) or just do this off the bat. I currently have about 6tb of data to store. I'm looking for advice if i should upgrade my motherboard to a more modern board to accept the newer raid cards? (i think the system idled at 170 watts)
with that I have 4 WD green 3tb drives, and 5 1tb drives, 500gb system drive and 2 Tb drive thats running solo (probably backups or to become my mainstream array)
So kinda a mishmosh of drives and i'm looking for advice, I need a raid controller with OCE as i plan to expand the array latter on. but i want a good base to start with. As far as backing up i'm not too worried as i have about just under 1tb of data (pictures, music, important files) the rest is tvshows and dvds that would just be a real pain to rerip.