Due to several concerns (noise, cooling, space restraints) I will be setting up a good Dell PC with an i5 processor, 8 GB’s RAM running Windows server 2008 R2. Done this several times and it works out very successfully for 3 users. Normally I would be using an HP ProLiant G7 or G8 server. But that's not an option in this particular scenario.
In my particular scenario, I want to add a 2 port SATA “hardware controlled” raid array controller set up as RAID1 using 2 x 1 TB drives.
- The problem I am running into is finding the correct SATA RAID array controller. I find many choices under $100 specifically on Newegg.com
- some controllers are “hardware controlled” and others are software controlled. The prices between the two of them fluctuate. I would think that a hardware controlled controller would be more expensive
- Some mention SATA 2 and other SATA 3
I am very familiar with Dell servers and HP servers and their SAS array controllers but I have little experience using SATA RAID controllers for PCs
- What type of controller is the best option for my scenario without having to spend $200 or $300.
I find many of the expensive cards support SATA and SAS I don't need it to support SAS.