RAID Card for Quicksilver?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by MacDann, Apr 19, 2007.

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    MacDann

    #1
    I was just given a 733MHz Quicksilver that is nearly new. I am considering turning it into a backup server for the rest of my machines. I want to do at least a RAID 1, and possibly RAID 5.

    Can anyone recommend a decent RAID card for this machine that won't cost more than it's worth?

    I would expect to use regular ATA (IDE) drives, unless a SATA RAID controller is cheaper...

    TIA,

    MD
     
  2. macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Oct 11, 2004
    Location:
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    #2
    Depends whether you want hardware RAID in the card ($$$$) or whether you want to run a software RAID, either APple or third party.

    Sonnet (IDE + SATA) and Wiebetech and Firmtek (SATA) have cards that are generally pretty compatible with Macs.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    MacDann

    #3
    Dang it, I guess I should have been more specific - sorry.:(

    Hardware RAID, by all means. I work with other hardware and OS' in my job, and years of experience have taught me to never trust a RAID array to software.

    From what I have seen so far, it looks like RAID 5 is out, which is not a big deal. The selection I have seen so far appear to be RAID 0 (yikes!) or RAID 1.

    I don't need speed, I need redundancy, so RAID 1 will be the way to go.

    Thanks,

    MD
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    Location:
    Round Rock, TX
    #4
    I have the Acard 6880M in an old Quicksilver, with two 500s as RAID 1 and two 300s striped. I use the 500s as a secure store and the 300s as a super-fast scratch disk.

    Installation was easy, except for finding a good place to mount the two drives that didn't have a bay. Performance and reliability have been excellent.

    I'd happy recomment the Acard - these days they're pretty cheap if you can find them.
     
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    SmurfBoxMasta

    #5
    Acard 4 sure! But SIIG & Firmtek also make good cards too !
     

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