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By sbibles ·
I need to setup a win2000 server. I was asked to set it up as a RAID 1 or 5. Is it worth setting up the server with an IDE instead of SCSI hard drives to save money. If so what are some recommnded software I can use to setup the raid. The server is for a small business with three pc clients.

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by shmaltz In reply to RAID Server

If you are going to use the server for file sharing then having SCSI is a must. You might also want to use hardware RAID instead of software RAID.
If you are going with the software sullotion then use the disk administration utillity to set up RAID.

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by avachon In reply to RAID Server

Hi, I agree that scsi is the better solution, especially when you factor in growth. Most motherboards have 2 IDE channels, but each device takes turns using the controller which can slow the system. With scsi, each devices acts independently from the others on the chain which usually gives you performance gains - an important consideration of file, print and application servers. You can set up software RAID using 2000 - mirror the system partition where the boot files reside and use RAID 5 to add redundancy for your data. If this is mission critical data, you may, as the first person noted, want to look into hardware raid which tends to be a more stable than software raid (but it's a more expensive alternative)and it may be overkill with only 3 users at this point. Whatever you implement, keep good backups and you should be okay. Hope this helps.

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by john22 In reply to RAID Server

While I agree that SCSI is a more robust RAID solution, IDE is possible, specificly since cost is a factor, and you only have a small network. Two possible IDE solutions:

1. Use an ARCO RAID controller - this is a hardware solution (PCI or 3.5"Drive Bay) that will handle RAID 1 for two IDE hard drives. The controller will mirror at real time and if the primary drive fails, it will warn you with an audible alarm and immediately switch to the second drive without interruption of service. It does NOT make the drives hot swappable. Either card costs around $200.00.

2. Use an ASUS (A72133SKT) or ABIT (BX133) motherboard. Both of these boards allow RAID 0 or 1 or both levels to be run from the BIOS. The setup is a little tricker but the ABIT board can handle up to 4 drives. You can go to www.asus.com or www.abit.com for more information on this type of solution.

Hope this gives you some options. If you need more info, let me know.

Good luck!

John

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by agibbs In reply to RAID Server

If you are planning on growing to more than 10 users before you upgrade the server, get a couple SCSI drives and a RAID controller now, and mirror the drives. This will give you a little more lifespan on the server.

If you expect the server willonly be serving less than 10 users before you plan on upgrading it, just buy two 7200 RPM IDE drives and mirror them with the built-in Win2K mirroring using Disk Administrator. Whether the server is a file or application or print server or whatever, if you're only dealing with less than 10 users SCSI/RAID card is overkill and way too expensive.

--Aaron

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by wlbowers In reply to RAID Server

I went with SCSI-2. I have 2 segate 10,000 rpm 18gig drives. (They are up to 15k now). I am using a supermicro dual pentium mb.

The benefits that are obtained from scsi in file transfer is still unobtainable in ide.

You can mirror or stripe directly in server 2000s disk administrator. Unless you need the features of one of the raid packages this is what I would do.

You can stripe and mirror to ide drives in win2000 servers disk administrator. If you need large capacity and cost is a factor buy decent ide drives and go for it.

Good Luck Lee

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