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    You could get much faster and more reliable drives with SCSI. However, you could get as much space for much cheaper with Serial ATA. It's really up to your budget. Either way, you'll be spending thousands of dollars, but a SATA setup should be a few thousand or so cheaper.

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    :lol: a few thousand or so cheaper works for me but the problem I have is setting this up. Do I just buy the card and the hard drives? Do I need anything else? Software? Are the hard drives connected like mine are currently just as letter drives or must they be access through a command prompt? Can I use both SCSI and S-ATA or just one or the other?

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    It shouldn't be too hard to setup. If you put Windows on a SATA or SCSI drive in RAID you will have to load some drivers during the installation process. They should come with whatever RAID card you get, but if not you should be able to download them and put them on a floppy. You can use both, no problem. There will be different speeds and different amounts of space involved, but you can certainly use both without problems.

    Are you putting this in that server your building? You're going to want to make sure the motherbaord has a good five or six PCI-X slots for the cards.
    For example, if you build a dual-opteron computer (unless your going to buy pre-built, which can be plausible with osmething this expensive), you might want this:
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...151-121&depa=0
    The fact that it has onboard SATA/RAID and SCSI, along with 4 PCI-X slots make it great for having tons of storage attached. The dual-Gigabit ethernet is also great for transferring any big files (which obviously you will have) over a network or the Internet.

    For SATA/RAID cards. which you'll need, you can go to advanced search at Newegg and search for Hard Drive/RAID Controllers with SATA as the search term.

    I pulled out a few Google links so you can read up on RAID. RAID 1 will be faster and less expensive, but you might consider RAID 5. Note that you will basically have to buy twice as many drives as you are going to use for RAID, but it will be worth it. You can get big SATA drive for around a $100, so I wouldn't worry about price. It would cost exponentially more if you went with all SCSI.

    http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/R/RAID.html
    http://www.acnc.com/04_01_04.html
    http://www.uni-mainz.de/~neuffer/scsi/what_is_raid.html

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    The article:
    http://www.uni-mainz.de/~neuffer/scsi/what_is_raid.html

    Is a damn good read, I had no idea RAID functioned like that! Able to salvage data even if 1 drive dies thats incredible. Didn't know they read like 1 single drive.. explains everything.

    So I guess the whole placing hard drives in a box and connecting them singly was just a big fairy tale. Only leaves one.. area of questions..


    Do I need to install OS on all of them for them to function (probably a stupid question) or just the single drive I'm using, with the drivers of course.

    And how the heck do I hook them all up? The hard drives I mean. Don't they require IDE cables? Lets say for instance I used something like this.
    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...103-142&depa=0

    Doesn't say anywhere about how many drives it supports. The question is.. where do I plug what into? Certainly I must be missing something in the equation. Once I install the RAID card and the drivers.. where do I plug the drives into? Pretty sure I don't plug 4 IDE cables into the motherboard or some such.

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    I'll e-mail you with some pictures and such for good explanations of some things...

    But you don't need to install the OS on all of them. I suggest you just use the on-baord SCSI or SATA with that motherbaord or whatever one you get (should have one, the other, or both on-board) for your OS. After you install the drive on it, you can just put in the cards and drives and install them.

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    There really are storage boxes hooked up by a wire.http://compnetworking.about.com/libr.../aa070101a.htm

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    Unfortunately that link doesn't work. I would really like to see what the storage box looks like and which to buy.

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    I just tried the link and it worked for me. Here is a link to a specific product as well (the other was an article on NAS [network attached storege])
    http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10123

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    How strange the link works for you but not me. Hm.
    ..So you actually put the hard drives IN these things? :lol: Or do they come with the hard drives? Probably the ladder..

    I think I get the jist of it all now, thanks alot Yawgm0th for the email, extremely informative! Time for me to get back to work on the other hot running box. Thanks again the both of you, should have 2TB of storage in no time!

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