I would recommend an Adaptec RAID controller with RAID 1+0 config (or RAID10 config). Good hardware is worth the price. Buy the name and you'll see why people trust it and recommend it. You're least likely to have compatibility issues, and the support is top notch.
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I just thought of it, 4 drives on RAID 0 might not be a good idea ... Should I opt for RAID 5?
If you run RAID-0 then your setup will have no fault tolerance.
My experience with RAID 5 almost always ends up being unpleasant as well; it's pretty much a guarantee that at some point you'll run into issues when rebuilding an array after a disk failure. As others have suggested, go with RAID 1+0.
Yes they have a cli utility included. Also most higher end areca controllers include an ethernet management port which you can IP and access a web interface or telnet to (with password auth) for your management network. You can also monitor the status, temperature and RAID unit health via SNMP from this port as well.
Originally Posted by BarackObama
Does Areca have a command line tool to manage the raid arrays? 3ware and adaptec does.
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