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  Reply # 162008 4-Sep-2008 05:31
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Graphios: Right-O... I'll do some 'nice askin' and see if there's a short 9600GT around.

OS: Hmmm... sounds like XP might do it for me.

Redundancy: I guess I will also ask ComputerLounge to reccommend an AMD mobo that supports RAID 0.


Thanks!


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  Reply # 162010 4-Sep-2008 07:05
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Edwood:OS: Hmmm... sounds like XP might do it for me.

Redundancy: I guess I will also ask ComputerLounge to reccommend an AMD mobo that supports RAID 0.


eXDee means Vista Home premium not XP. In Vista Home Premium includes media centre unlike XP where you have to get Media centre edition.

Personally I am not sure about going raid. It is costing you a HDD to use 0 ie. buy two 500GB drives, setup in Raid 0 and you have 500GB of space available. Also my experiance with consumer Raid it does not provide you with the protection you are hoping for. If a HDD stops cold then it will work but if a HDD starts going bad over time the Raid controllers do not seem to pick it up and stop using the drive before it corrupts the array.
Server Raid works very very well... Consumer Raid seems to not be there yet.







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64

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  Reply # 162034 4-Sep-2008 09:29
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Peeps,

I think you're getting your RAID levels all mixed up.  RAID 0 is striping with no redundancy whatsoever.  Have a look here for your various RAID levels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID#Standard_levels



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  Reply # 162040 4-Sep-2008 09:41
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Yep - You're right - RAID-1 is what I'm supposed to be talking about.

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  Reply # 162044 4-Sep-2008 09:56
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nzkc: Peeps,

I think you're getting your RAID levels all mixed up.  RAID 0 is striping with no redundancy whatsoever.  Have a look here for your various RAID levels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID#Standard_levels


Doh! sorry was thinking RAID 1 but typed 0, I run RAID 0 on my gaming PC for performance but I can live with the risk as it is  backed up by Homeserver.

So comments hold but is RAID 1 I was talking about not RAID 0.







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  Reply # 162048 4-Sep-2008 10:03
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Hold on a minute folks... back that truck up...  the currently spec'd mobo DOES have RAID-1 support!  It was the previous Intel mobo that didn't support RAID...  Yay!  I was doing some research, just trolling through the gazillion options for mobo, and I found myself looking at the one we've already picked out!  Ha ha...

OK... I think I'll throw in another disk - and see how we go.

I hope it wouldn't be bad ettiquitte to post my 'finalised' spec's up as a new thread?

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  Reply # 162074 4-Sep-2008 12:22
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nzkc: Peeps,

I think you're getting your RAID levels all mixed up.  RAID 0 is striping with no redundancy whatsoever.  Have a look here for your various RAID levels: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID#Standard_levels

Heh, i considered checking that when it was first mentioned, but i assumed he'd got the right number. Everyone knew we were talking about raid 1 anyway.

Yes as i said many motherboards have RAID support, like your selected one, however i also mentioned i cant recommend which one has a good controller on it.
RAID i think takes a bit to setup and as mentioned consumer RAID might not be quite there yet, though i don't know much about it.

Perhaps you're best to just run two hard drives with a scheduled backup every week or something? I have microsoft's synctoy beta setup to sync music between each computer, you could simply use a program like this in scheduled tasks, and it also gives you a lot more disk space.

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