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    Senior Member mossoi's Avatar
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    I'm setting up a server and have been looking into SATA as an option for a RAID array.

    I've priced it out and a RAID controller card with two 80MB HDD's comes in at about 120. I plan to mirror these two drives which will hold data and have a third disk for the system.

    The drives are the standard 7,200RPM with 8MB cache.

    It worries me that this is quite so cheap. Has anybody used SATA RAID before? Is it reliable, stable, quick etc.? Is it cheap because RAID is that much easier to implement over RAID?

    Just wondering if anybody has any experience or advice about this.

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    The RAID itself is the same as PATA RAID, but the connectivity is the difference.
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    Go SCSI if you money to burn, more durable and stable :classic:

    From all tests I've seen so far, the speed advantages to SATA over PATA is negligible. The main advantages are hot-plug capability (in RAID environments), supporting longer cable lengths than PATA, and loosing the heat encapsulating flat cables (especially valuable in crammed RAID environments).
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    Senior Member mossoi's Avatar
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    Am I right in my assumption that the RAID capability is already built into SATA chipsets hence the low cost of a SATA RAID controller compared to others (16) ?


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