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<H2>Question</H2>

 

I'm considering the following:

 

Lenovo ThinkServer TS200v Intel Pentium G6950 2.80 GHz 2GB DDR3 2 x 250GB HDD Server

 

However it appears I will need to add a hard drive and RAID controller card in order to implement RAID 5. Assuming I use the lenovo-branded HDD that is specified for this model, is there any reason I can't use an off-the-shelf RAID controller card?  I can't find where any of these cards are specifically recommended on the lenovo site.  Here is one I'm considering:

 

Rosewill Silicon Image RC-209-EX PCI External e-SATA x2/ Internal SATA x4 1.5G HDD Controller Card S...

 

Will this work?  What else should I be considering?

<H2>Answer</H2>

In addition to the controller card support, one needs to consider where the additional drive will be mounted and the potential themal considerations.

 

The TS200v has 2 HDD bays which are cooled by a fan located toward the front of chasis. If you add an additional drive to provide for a RAID 5 configuration, it would need to be mounted in a bay intended for an  optical drive and you would have to use conversion kit 3.5" to 5.25" and the drive will not be cooled properly when mounted this way.

 

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This is one reason why any RAID 5 controller is not certified in this configuration. 

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