Posts Tagged ‘SATA 2.0’

The Big (30+ drive) Windows Home Server (Part 2) Hardware Selection

First off, this is not a typical WHS build, and it was not meant to be. For the majority of users, a HP MediaSmart (by far the WHS to get if you do not DIY the build) is the way to go. For my purposes, I have seen a consistent,...


The Big (30+ drive) Windows Home Server (Part 1)

About 10 months ago I decided to enter the world of the Windows Home Server. My storage arrays had outstripped my Cosmos S’s capacity, and running multiple controllers for all of the SAS drives as well as SATA storage be...



Dell Perc 5/i Raid Controller: Cheap Raid 5

Introduction For Small Business Servers and home servers, one thing becomes apparent, the need to use raid with large data sets. Raid 1 and software mirroring technologies like Windows Drive Extender are too cost ineffective fo...


Patriot PS-100 32GB SSD

A 32GB SSD drive for $60 after MiR sounded like a good idea, especially since that would be great for a Windows Home Server C:\ drive, so I purchased a Patriot PS-100 32GB. (It should be noted that I have not seen the price for...



The SSD Drive and Controller List

SSD’s are becoming more commonplace and are available from a multitude of vendors. Despite a high level of vendor diversity for the drives themselves, there are only a few SSD controller options available, and the vendors...


iStarUSA BPN-350SAS-Black 3x 5.25″ to 5x 3.5″ SATA SAS Trayless Hotswap Backplane

As one’s storage needs increase, eventually even large 4U server cases need to pack higher hard drive densities in order to fit all of the devices needed. In the test server’s Norco 4U case I quickly realized that t...



Athena Power BP-SATA1842C 4-in-1 1x 5.25″ to 4x 2.5″ Hot swap Backplane Enclosure

As high-performance hard drives move to the 2.5” form factor, a form factor that has been common in the SSD and notebook space, mounting these drives in traditional cases can be somewhat difficult. Purchasing 2.5” to 3.5”...


Icy Dock 3 in 2 SATA/SAS Hot Swap Hard Drive Enclosure/Backplane Review

The ICY DOCK 3 in 2 SATA/SAS Hard Drive enclosure allows for higher storage densities and hot swapping drives.



7200.11 1.5TB Raid 5 Benches on a $120 Perc 5/i 512MB

Although more will follow, here’s a quick glimpse of what a cheap, but quality hardware raid solution can do with cheap, and large SATA drives in Raid 5. Keep in mind that the Perc 5/i uses the old IOP333 CPU clocked at 5...


7200.11 1.5TB on ICH10R in Raid 1

Two 1.5TB Seagate 7200.11 drives on the ICH10R in raid 1 make a nice setup. The ICH10R is an on-board semi-hardware raid controller making it a very cheap option to use in any home server. The Seagate 1.5TB drives are one of th...