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Best IDE (PATA) RAID 5 controller ?

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What is the best hardware IDE (PATA) raid controller with RAID 5 support ?

I purchased a LSI MegaRaid i4 from eBay for ~$60 and have had nothing but problems with it, so I need to chaulk it up as a loss and look for another one... Any suggestions?

Here's what I need:
IDE (PATA) ATA-133 but I will settle for ATA-100.
PCI or PCI-Express
4 channel (I have 8 drives I am running and I'd like to setup 2 RAID 5 arrays) - I am willing to buy two cards if they are good and only support 4 drives each
RAID 5 is a MUST

I've searched and searched on google, and any/all reviews I have found have been 4+ yrs old, I can't find any recent reviews on IDE raid controllers with SATA now taking over.  But I have all these HD's and No controller for them :(

Thanks,
-BassKozz
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Have a tight grip when you see price.  Did say the BEST, didn't you?  Will handle all 8 drives.

http://www.directron.com/75068.html
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willcomp,

Thanks for the reply... why is this card the best?
Do you have any links to any reviews on this card (compared to others)?

Thanks,
-BassKozz
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Generally speaking, 3Ware has the best reputation for PATA RAID controllers.  You might also consider Adaptec.
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Maximum PC has used Escalade controllers in their "Dream Machines" and consider them the best available ATA controllers.  I didn't look for any reviews on the Internet, you can take a look and see what pops up.  Honestly, that's a chunk of change for a hard disk controller, but it will handle 8 IDE drives in a RAID 5 array.
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I have a 3ware 7506 4 channel in my server right now and I love it.  I had started with a different Escalade model that was twice the size but this one is far more compact and easy to use.  BIOS settings are straight forward and I was able to quite easily get (3) 300GB IDE drives in my 1U Dell server.  Had it all working in minutes.  To top it off, I think I paid around $60 for one on Ebay.
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Would I be better off running 2x 7506-4's instead of 1x 7506-8 ?

I plan on running to seprate RAID 5's
4x400gb HD's - 1st raid 5
4x300gb HD's - 2nd raid 5
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You might get better performance if you have the space, slots and $$ to use two 4 ch cards. You're utilizing two PCI buses instead of one.  I think with two R5s especially.  Plus you have a little more redundancy built in in case a card fails.
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PS. That sounds like one hell of a storage system....
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by:basskozz
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Thanks... Yah I have been stocking up on BIG HD's :-)

does anyone have any recent reviews on these cards?
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No mag reviews, but you could check out places like Pricegrabber for user reviews.  You already have one thumbs up.

I had been buying my 300GB Seagate drives everytime Fry's put them on sale.  Got two for $89 and one for $99.
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