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April 27, 2012, 12:07:00 AM
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I am looking for an 8 port or larger SATA or SAS RAID Card.

I don't care what bus it is, as long as in the end it either supports PCIe or 32bit PCI.
(backwards compatible PCI-X/133 or 64bit PCI are fine if 32bit support exists, even at a performance loss)
This is for a home media server, so top-notch performance is not too important.

I would prefer an Intel hardware RAID processor that supports RAID 6 (Areca etc), but RAID 5 is fine, as that is all I plan to run anyways.
It does not need to support large Boot Volumes (as it will be for storage only), but it will need to support as a MINIMUM 6 TB (six terabyte) RAID 5 volumes and 3 TB (three terabyte) single SATA drives.

In a perfect world, on 8 ports, the plan is to run 1x 9TB RAID 5 array (4x 3TB drives) + 1x 6TB RAID 5 array (3x 3 TB) with a single 3TB common hot spare.
If I can find a 12 port card that fits the bill instead of an 8 port, I will probably WET myself.

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I also will consider HBA's as long as Windows Server 2008 is supported and they are not Silicon Image/HiPoint etc. based.
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RAID 5 support would still be required.

I don't care about cables or specific SAS interface (if SAS controller) as I have a ton of spares and can buy adapters to meet my needs if required, but I will only be using SATA drives......if that helps.

Let me know what you have and what you want for it.
I will need shipping to Calgary, AB, Canada.

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April 27, 2012, 01:58:40 AM
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I've been looking to sell one of these for quite a while now. Not sure if you are going to put this into a ZFS based box, but I have, and it worked great with 2 tb drives. It supports 64 lba's. That's far beyond 2tb per controller.

Granted the card is old (sata 1 does have it's draw backs depending on your application) but it's solid. I'm also only asking 3btc. They are dirt cheap if you need more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816116026

I'll even let you test it out to make sure it supports 3tb drives before you pay me (I read some forums, with 64 bit lba it should.)

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April 27, 2012, 02:35:41 AM
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You left out Areca (http://www.areca.com.tw). i have one of these but it dose not fit your wish list.
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April 27, 2012, 02:46:49 AM
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Bah, I just sold mine not too long ago too.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/270948314862
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Was a 3ware 9650SE-8LPML, an 8-drive capable SATA II hardware RAID controller on a PCI-E 2.0 4x bus.

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April 27, 2012, 03:06:17 AM
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I have a few 3ware cards with the BBU (battery backup unit)...

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April 27, 2012, 04:38:19 AM
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You left out Areca (http://www.areca.com.tw). i have one of these but it dose not fit your wish list.
The first example I listed was Areca....lol

Give me some details. Most Areca cards DO fit my wish list....just not my budget...LOL

I have a few 3ware cards with the BBU (battery backup unit)...

Shoot me some details and prices.....

I've been looking to sell one of these for quite a while now. Not sure if you are going to put this into a ZFS based box, but I have, and it worked great with 2 tb drives. It supports 64 lba's. That's far beyond 2tb per controller.

Granted the card is old (sata 1 does have it's draw backs depending on your application) but it's solid. I'm also only asking 3btc. They are dirt cheap if you need more.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816116026

I'll even let you test it out to make sure it supports 3tb drives before you pay me (I read some forums, with 64 bit lba it should.)

Let me know what you want total for shipping to Calgary, AB, Canada.
If it works in a 32bit PCI slot, I will take it and use it for my old media server Wink
It is too good of a deal for me to pass up....and you can never have too many RAID cards...lol

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I am still looking, although I will buy others in the mean time.
Cheers,
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April 27, 2012, 04:54:14 AM
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PCI-X works just fine in a 32bit. Plus it supports JBOD. I'll partially split shipping, it'll be around 2btc.

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April 27, 2012, 02:01:53 PM
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oops. i missed that earlier. Its an older 4 port, but i am not truly in a position to sell till i replace it with an 8 port kinda like yourself.

i do love those Aerca cards there are designed with some real engineering and intelligence in mind not just profit.
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April 27, 2012, 02:24:47 PM
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I can proxy buy you one from amazon. Perhaps there is one there that fits your budget?

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April 27, 2012, 07:10:42 PM
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I can proxy buy you one from amazon. Perhaps there is one there that fits your budget?


I might just take you up on that offer in a month or so, but for a new media server case Wink
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002AU1FEI/ref=sc_pgp__m_ATAV5SZ5JVR3C_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATAV5SZ5JVR3C&n=&s=&v=glance


PCI-X works just fine in a 32bit. Plus it supports JBOD. I'll partially split shipping, it'll be around 2btc.

So.. 5 BTC shipped ?

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April 27, 2012, 07:24:25 PM
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So.. 5 BTC shipped ?
Yes, 5 btc shipped.


I could also do the proxy shipping if you wanted. Cut back on the shipping costs.

I also have one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115096&Tpk=highpoint%202680

I forgot about it, but I've never been able to use it for what I wanted. I wasn't saavvy enough to put the drivers into FreeBSD. I do know it works though, I tested it out in windows 2008 r2. I'd sell it for 16 BTC.

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April 28, 2012, 06:37:42 AM
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I spotted this newegg promo code for hw raid cards "427raid". May help if you don't get anything good here.
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April 28, 2012, 06:43:23 PM
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So.. 5 BTC shipped ?
Yes, 5 btc shipped.


I could also do the proxy shipping if you wanted. Cut back on the shipping costs.

I also have one of these: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115096&Tpk=highpoint%202680

I forgot about it, but I've never been able to use it for what I wanted. I wasn't saavvy enough to put the drivers into FreeBSD. I do know it works though, I tested it out in windows 2008 r2. I'd sell it for 16 BTC.

Let me round up some BTC and I will PM you for a Bitcoin address to send the funds to for the RAID card.
Unfortunately I am going to have to mine it and mining is slow as I am currently operating at less than optimal speeds due to some 'maintenance on my mining farm.

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