Best drive arrangement for MD RAID5 setup
I just built a new system using an ASUS P5N32-SLI SE Deluxe mobo, which uses the nForce 4 chipset. The board has 5 internal SATA connectors, 4 off the nVidia chipset and 1 off an additional SiI chipset. It also has the usual two IDE connectors.
I want to move my RAID5 storage array into this machine. It is currently in another system, connected to a Promise SATAII 150 TX4 PCI controller card. I see several possible ways to arrange the drives in the new machine, and would like to see if anyone here has suggestions on what would be a better/worse way to do it. I will have a separate OS/boot drive, so there would be (at least) 5 drives.
I don't want to use the hardware raid (which would apparently require I boot off an IDE drive anyway to keep the boot drive separate) as I'm quite comfortable with the Linux MD setup and don't want to be quite so tied to specific hardware.
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