RAID 1 provided one "save" over the past 2 decades of my work in the field. Not only that but the strain of installing said unit on a SCSI based "Windows?" server usually outstrips most IT staffers.
If a backup is required try something simpler like a copy off to some NAS with Acronis. I've see that survice lightning strikes and theft of the server.
If you insist there is something you should know. Said controllers are a commodity item unless you look to Adaptec. Example at http://www.adaptec.com/en-US/products/sata_prod/
I am looking for a recommendation for a PCI express or PCI x SATA Raid controller card for a nonprofit group I am helping. The received a brand new server but it only came with one 73GB SCSI drive. We want to run RAID 1 and need at least 160 GB drives for storage/OS. I figured we could add in a SATA controller card and get the drives for the price on one high capacity SCSI drive. So does anyone have a recommendation for a card/drive combination that is relatively fast but also affordable (around $400 or $500). Is having cache on the card really important?
Thanks in advance.