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post #4471 of 4481 Old 05-13-2015, 04:12 AM
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I bought a new 4TB drive I want to add as a DRU to my Cruise Control Raid-F setup. It'll be an empty disk.

Currently I have 2x4TB PPUs, so no issue there.

If I add the disk, will it need to do a full parity recalc? If so, maybe this is a good time to switch to Expert Mode as @Quaraxkad is a much bigger fan of? I feel like I have a full grasp on all the concepts now, but I just hate to mess with something that's working smoothly. The first few weeks were painful in dealing with Verify/Validate failures.

It should just copy the old ppu.
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Fry's is having a one day sale today on Seagate 6tb for $159
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Trying to search for something in this thread is an exercise in frustration, so I'm going to ask this for the umpteenth time. As of this month, what SATA expansion cards are recommended by you guys? I'm not talking about those SAS expanders (or whatever they're called). I have a fairly large case that I've been using for my server (WHS 2011). I currently have four, three gig drives in there, plus smaller system drive (containing two partitions). I plan on removing the smaller drive and replacing it with an SSD, so to replace the lost partition, I hope to add another 3 or 4 GB drive. I am out of SATA ports though.

I think I have room for two more drives. In any case, it's not in the cards to replace the case this year (I meant to do that!). My next goal will be to add pooling.

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Trying to search for something in this thread is an exercise in frustration, so I'm going to ask this for the umpteenth time. As of this month, what SATA expansion cards are recommended by you guys? I'm not talking about those SAS expanders (or whatever they're called). I have a fairly large case that I've been using for my server (WHS 2011). I currently have four, three gig drives in there, plus smaller system drive (containing two partitions). I plan on removing the smaller drive and replacing it with an SSD, so to replace the lost partition, I hope to add another 3 or 4 GB drive. I am out of SATA ports though.
I believe the popular options are (still) either a Plug'n'Play HBA Card such as this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-792-_-Product

Or search the Bay for a (potentially cheaper) IBM m1015, or Dell h310 card and flash them to IT mode. The price of the m1015 cards have crept up to about the same price as the SuperMicro Card I listed. The SuperMicro card might even be worth the premium to not have to deal with flashing the card.

Any of them will allow an additional 8 drives off the two SAS ports, along with some breakout cables.

Robnix said in another post he was going to list a couple of m1015 cards in the classifieds tomorrow, already flashed.

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Trying to search for something in this thread is an exercise in frustration, so I'm going to ask this for the umpteenth time. As of this month, what SATA expansion cards are recommended by you guys? I'm not talking about those SAS expanders (or whatever they're called). I have a fairly large case that I've been using for my server (WHS 2011). I currently have four, three gig drives in there, plus smaller system drive (containing two partitions). I plan on removing the smaller drive and replacing it with an SSD, so to replace the lost partition, I hope to add another 3 or 4 GB drive. I am out of SATA ports though.

I think I have room for two more drives. In any case, it's not in the cards to replace the case this year (I meant to do that!). My next goal will be to add pooling.

Thanks.

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If you're talking about SATA Port Multipliers (the SATA equivalent of SAS Expanders) I wouldn't bother for a single drive. More trouble than it's worth. Unluess you're also out of expansion slots on your motherboard, throw a cheap (sub $30) PCIe x1 SATA card in and be done with it. I've had good luck with the Silicon Image based cards, but pretty much any of them should work. Marvell is also used on motherboards with extra sata ports so those should be good too.

I wouldn't bother with any of those 8 port cards that everyone one here uses unless you plan on upgrading everything else later. They are way overkill for just adding a single drive.
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RAID protection is only for failed drives. That's it. It's no replacement for a proper backup.
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If you're talking about SATA Port Multipliers (the SATA equivalent of SAS Expanders) I wouldn't bother for a single drive. More trouble than it's worth. Unluess you're also out of expansion slots on your motherboard, throw a cheap (sub $30) PCIe x1 SATA card in and be done with it. I've had good luck with the Silicon Image based cards, but pretty much any of them should work. Marvell is also used on motherboards with extra sata ports so those should be good too.

I wouldn't bother with any of those 8 port cards that everyone one here uses unless you plan on upgrading everything else later. They are way overkill for just adding a single drive.
Yes, my apologies if I was not clear enough (though I did say no SAS cards). I just want to add one or two more drives, and I'm out of SATA ports. I have no use for 8 more SATA ports, not until I decide to replace my case (if ever).

Thanks for the input. That's exactly what I was looking for.

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How do you back up one of these things? Spend the big bucks to build a duplicate and pay to colo it offsite? Don't bother and pray your parity system will save you?
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How do you back up one of these things? Spend the big bucks to build a duplicate and pay to colo it offsite? Don't bother and pray your parity system will save you?
How do you backup your BluRay collection?

RAID protection is only for failed drives. That's it. It's no replacement for a proper backup.
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