quick question about RAID controller card vs. mobo raid controller

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Matt, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Matt

    Matt Guest

    I'm building a computer for video editing and I'll be using a Areca ARC-1220
    controller card for my video RAID but should I also run the system drive and
    blu-ray burner off it or should I just run those on the mobo's (Intel
    DX58SO) RAID controller instead? I'm shooting for maximum performance on
    this system with minimum amount of headache :)
    Matt, Jul 29, 2009
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    Paul Guest

    The Southbridge ports are the "most transparent" on the computer.
    If you want to do an install of an OS, without any fancy drivers and
    F6, then the Southbridge is where you want the boot drive. If you need to
    use diagnostics, run Ghost, or a myriad of other things, then
    transparency and compatibility are the things you should be
    aiming for.

    The RAID card gets the RAID drives.

    Paul, Jul 30, 2009
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    Rarius Guest

    I would suggest putting the OS and any optical drives onto mobo SATA
    ports and keep them away from RAID. Don't use the RAID features of the
    mobo controller. Keep it simple and you'll have a LOT less trouble in
    the future!

    What RAID level are you going to use? RAID0 is fast but offers no
    redundency. If you are only using these for work in progress, RAID0 is
    OK, but if yo will store stuff long term I'd suggest looking at RAID5, 6
    or 10.

    In my experience RAID is almost always more trouble than its worth. I
    have lost count of the number of systems I have had to rebuild from
    scratch because someone though it would be a good idea to make the boot
    drive a RAID 0 for speed. Once one drive dies (and they do) you have to
    rebuid the entire system.

    I remeber having to rebuild an entire server because although they had
    RAID1 (mirrored drives) they never bothered to check the disk status.
    One drive died without being noticed and when the second one died a year
    later they lost everything...quess who didn't think they needed backups
    because they had a RAID system!

    Rarius, Jul 30, 2009
  4. Matt

    Matt Guest

    Thanks for the info... that's pretty much what I was leaning towards but I
    wanted to be sure. I'm going with RAID 10 for a combo of speed and backup.
    I've read on a lot of video forums & Toms and most people are saying that
    RAID5 just isn't providing enough speed on larger projects.

    I'm going to run a WD Raptor drive for the OS so that should help a little
    on speed. Unfortunately when working with HD footage and larger projects you
    just can't get enough speed.
    Matt, Jul 31, 2009
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