Does anyone know if you can move an array from an Areca 1680 to a 1261? I tried to swap controllers and the 1261 shows no array and all drives are in the free state. Can you only swap to the same or newer controllers?
Time to sell a bunch of cards.
Areca 1280ML - 24-port PCIe to SATA ll RAID Adapter, 512MB - $SOLD
Adaptec 51245 - 16-port (12 internal/4 external) PCIe SAS RAID controller with BBU - $200...
There's a reason Isilon has a really strong position in the Media and Entertainment space. Super easy to use, works well, and scales well as data needs grow.
OP: If money is a big factor, maybe consider some of the scale-out storage options. You can alway go with 250TB today and scale to a PB...
Could the front also be 6 x 5.25" bays that a radiator could fit in? I'm looking for a small case for a mini NAS, if I could put 2 x 5in3 drive cages in this that'd be pretty awesome. This design could be a fit for both water coolers and storage people.
how many bays do you really want? if i were to go with 3 x 5in3s again, i'd probably go with the norco 4020. cmstacker was huge, although the casters were nice. and i do like the supermicro racks better than the norco, but it's gonna cost more than the norco and be nearly as big.
i did something similar, retired the norco 4020s and went with a single mini tower with two of the Supermicro 5in3 cages. i highly recommend getting a 92 to 120mm fan adapter and put 120mm fans on the back, it makes the cages so much quieter. coolermaster made the cm stacker, which is what i use...
@pjkenned: At idle. I guess I can try to get under load numbers by getting power numbers for the drives in use without the raid card, and then do a verify with the card to see what the differences are.. I'll see if I can make some time.
One thing I found in building my low power file server is that hardware RAID cards take a good amount of power. Here's some rough numbers off a Kill-A-Watt, based on the delta of with the RAID card and without.
Adaptec 31605 ~25w
Areca 1680ix-24 ~25w
Areca 1260 ~20w
Doesn't sound like mobo size is an issue, but for a mini-ITX board that supports ECC I went with the KINO-780AM2.
Supports ECC and AM3...
It's not like this is an ordered list of watts/TB, right? Or ordered by cost, performance, etc. It's just a poll to find out what people have and what kind of power usage they are seeing, with the hardware they posted.
So since I had 2 outta 20 disk die in my fileserver (raid6 FTW), I've been thinking about consolidating into a smaller server. I really wanted to use two Supermicro 5in3 SATA racks that I had lying around but couldn't find a small case to use them in. I've never done any case modding before so I...
He picked the Highpoint for it's size, it's 3.12" x 2.64" with minSAS connectors. That's pretty small.
I been wanting to do something like this. I had 2 drives fail in my norco 4020 raid6 and think it's time to downsize to a NAS box, but a my 4bay Readynas just isn't cutting it. Might be time...
i've been running them since CC1H came out, or maybe a couple months? it's my backup array so i don't have heavy usage on it except once or twice a week when i back stuff up. i'll look through the SMART stats and see if anything looks weird.
I keep thinking of getting the Norco 4020, or now the 4220, and using it with one of these Chenbro SAS Expander units.
Edit: HA, shabazkilla and me had the same idea :P
many hardware raid controllers have SFF-8087 connector on them, so you'd just go miniSAS to miniSAS. i dont remember how well they work with WHS, but the Supermicro SAS HBA would also be a good option.
Oh man.. so tempting to upgrade.
Basically updates to existing models with SFF-8087 Mini SAS backplanes, so no new 24+1 :(