Repair or Replace TR4M Raid Tower, or Redesign all?
Posted on 2012-08-19
I need a raid 1 array on two 1T HD's for ripped music files. Running Windows 7 pro on HP m8200n, which has 3 HD bays total. My Sansdigital TR4M Raid Tower (w 4 samsung 1 T's- 2 mirrored, 2 JBODs)) worked fine for two years. Now the Tower power supply is dead. ESATA tower hd's were desktop variety, not enterprise. A check w chkdsk (report only, no repairs!) says 1 of mirrored drives is w/o error. while other has minor file errors. The good mirrored drive gives me a back up of my files, So I can repair/replace the SanDigital Tower or start fresh, with new equipment or a whole new HD layout.
The raid controller I now have came bundled w the tower. It is an ESATA Silicon Image 3132 port multiplier w 2 ports. These pages suggest that these controllers are slow and unreliable. Should I replace it?
I wish I had room for more storage on this PC. As it is, if I give two bays to an internal windows 7 mirrored array, I will have only 1 HD for everything else. For me, it is not just a question of capacity, but of efficiency, as I like to use separate physical drives for music editing, etc. That's why the external tower was so useful..
Please give advice on options out there, including better quality HD's, Controller Cards, Towers, etc. I do not mind paying more for a better, more reliable system, but hard times set some limits.
Thanks for any help with this.