Over the holidays I decided to add onto my server. The current one had about 500GB of protected storage. Due to my large collection of video files, 500GB was not enough. I decided to pick up another 2 500GB drives and try my hand at RAID 5. BAD IDEA. At least, it was a bad idea for me, because I was too cheap to purchase a proper RAID 5 card. I decided to go with a SiI 3114 based card, which, sadly, is a pseudo hardware RAID card. Its most compelling feature was its 30 dollar price tag, and a promise of RAID 5.
I have had experience with the SiI 3114 chip on another card but that was on a 32 bit OS and only with RAID 1, which isn't very hard for a chip to perform. This time around, I went with the 64 bit version of Server 2003 and a RAID 5. In addition to the hard drives and the RAID card, I picked up quite a few other items.
The new case came together well. For those of you who don't know, its a Lian Li. Other than being absolutely beautiful, its main selling feature would be its removable motherboard tray. There is a 3 to 4, five and a quarter converter is what is occupying the top 3 bays, also made by Lian Li. The 4 500GB drives are mounted there.
The motherboard posted first try, it's an AM2 4000+. The motherboard can accept up to 8GB RAM, hence my choice of Server 2003 64. It is currently running 2GB of DDR2 800. It has 6 hard drives, 5 500GB and 1 320GB. It has an onboard gigabit ethernet, and another Broadcom installed into the top most PCI-E slot. Enough of the the boring statistics. The server isn't doing much at the moment because for some reason, it requires all of its attention just to move around files. It seems to be a bug with the 64 bit version of the RAID 5 drivers. Anyway, this is the first of a 3 part series, hopefully ending with a working server. Thanks for reading