So the RAID you created in linux worked fine in windows as well?
It did except for the fact that it was Vista 64 and the creative driver after just three days and the infamous update from Microsoft corrupted the x-Fi driver which in turn seemed to interfere with the ICH10R.
I would expect something with a full blown dual/quad core processor and 2+gigs of ram to rebuild faster than some 400~mhz 128mb dedicated card. Then again my friend with an older nforce4 mobo and a decent processor said it took awhile to rebuild his array.
I expected it would also. Surprisingly it did not. I later found after doing some further research that the XOR engine used in a discreet card since it is desinged ONLY to handle parity calculations and read and write assignments is very much more efficient than the cpu. Thus the delay from the ICH10R chip. Not to mention it had to go across the SATA bus and through main memory and get in the FIFO stream before it could be calculated. With each block being 64k and a total of 1.38TB of data space to calculate through that was a loooooong time.
That sucks about SMART errors not showing up with your card =/ - unless you thought the ICH10 was incorrectly reporting them?
I think that the corrupted x-Fi driver (which caused a host of other issues that I had to sort through) caused the ICH10R to begin polling the HDD's which were not enterprise class HDD's and the Drives firmware would take longer than 8 seconds to report back and the ICH10R would record a S.M.A.R.T. event and then drop that drive from the array. The Areca 1210 controller cards have never reported any of my HDD's as having had a S.M.A.R.T. Error. And as the ones that were reported as having a S.M.A.R.T. error under the ICH10R spun up and just plain worked without any modification under the Areca controller card I chalked it up to a "perfect storm" situation where multiple events happening simultaneously caused my issues and pointed at the exactly wrong place for the type of errors had.
I'd love to spend the money on 2 good raid cards (one backup), but I have other things in my life that need it first.
It's sad, I used to keep thinking that with peoples ever expanding storage needs that hardware consumer RAID 5 cards would become commodities, but since 1.5+ TB drives have become so cheap and with most peoples data fitting onto just one of them fine... I doubt it will happen =/
I agree. I always thought that if the HDD manufacturers also had an interest in the discreet controller market that Consumer RAID would become a thing of advertised necessity. But, sadly, you are correct. with the advent of 1.5TB+ drives most people see that as enough storage space and all they see is the amount of storage. Rare is the individual who sees that 1.5TB mechanical device for what it is. A mechanical device. Bound at some point by the laws that govern engineering to fail.
At some future time when I least need it to happen a drive will fail. If all the data I have written to that drive is only on that drive then I am doomed to data loss. If I implement a backup plan then only the time to replace the drive and restore the data is lost. I dont like to waste time. I am impatient by nature. But If I am a belt and suspenders type guy, and I am, and I have multiple drives to which the same data is written to two or more of those drives simultaneously, then I have lost only the time for me to swap out the failed drive for a known good one and for the XOR engine to recalculate parity and rebuild the array. In the case of the Controller card going out I still have the backup from which to restore after I replace the card. Its just a damn shame that the average consumer doesnt see this or isnt informed of this up front when buying a pc. If they were I would wager that most folk would opt for a RAID 1 or RAID 5 or RAID something solution that would protect their time and their data simultaneously.