1. I've decided to go with FreeNAS (www.freenas.org
) instead of Ubuntu Server. I think it better suits my specific needs.
2. In breaking down the hardware to prep for the next stage, install and soft-raid of the big drives, I realized that the onboard SATA controller on the motherboard only has 1 port. Not 2. Just 1. So now I have a conundrum:
A) Source a 2-port PCI SATA-300 controller card
B) Skip the soft-raid entirely, use just one drive on the onboard SATA-150 port
I don't like (B). I really want to do (A). The bonus, to me, is that in being "forced" to install a SATA card I can use SATA-300. Big bonus. The downside? Money. I'm on a tight budget dictated by my wife.
I need advice on a PCI SATA-300 controller card with 2 ports (more is unnecessary) that will work. I don't need high end. I don't need 3ware. I still plan on soft-raid, so I don't need hardware accelleration. Does anyone have a favorite or preferred BUDGET controller card?