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Hello Experts,

I am want to purchase a PCI RAID controller for an Dell PowerEdge 840.  I am looking to install raid 1. It would be nice to have 1s (spare) option on the controller.

Can you recommend a solid controller that is a reasonable price.  I don't want to pay more than the server is worth...  $50 would be nice.
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If you are looking for an inexpensive RAID-1 solution, avoid the fake RAID controllers and use Windows.  Windows 2008 supports RAID-1 and actually gives you load balancing on the drives, with very little cpu usage.
http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/250390-32-does-raid-increase-read-speed

Expert dlethe (who writes RAID controller drivers) also recommends software RAID over cheap hardware RAID:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Q_27625108.html
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I knew there was software RAID but did not think to look at Windows Server 2008 which I am using.  Thanks

I was nervous about a $30 raid controller.
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