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raid on linux with x399 MB

Hi, 

I'm currently running a windows installation and I wish to move to linux for performance reason, but I can't find a single bit of information on installing amd raidXpert on linux for a x399 motherboard (running a TR1950x), the few thread that talk about it usually link to dead page.

this is the last issues that prevent me from doing the move, do anybody know if it even possible ?

 

Thanks!

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4 minutes ago, Granular said:

RAID on Linux is typically done with md.

If you really have to, that is... zfs is much better.

 

Which brings me to the answer to the actual question; if you need raid on your system, I recommend you backup your data, format everything and make a zfs pool.

 

If you really want to keep your current array (though your should still back it up) you might be able to do it if 1) you have a dedicated raid controller card, in which case it should be basically plug and play, or 2) you're using the motherboard's dedicated controller, in which case it should be plug and play but I wouldn't necessarily bet on it. If you're using some kind of software raid, it's pretty much a lost cause.

 

As food for thought, generally speaking if you need redundant storage I would recommend going for a separate storage server on your network. It solves all sorts of migration problems as every OS supports network file systems well enough and there's no need for potentially dangerous tinkering.

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32 minutes ago, Sauron said:

 zfs is much better.

It's more complicated, doesn't come with any distro out of the box and strongly recommends running ECC RAM.

Sure, you get snapshots and deduplication, but deduplication especially takes a lot of resources. For a dedicated storage server, it may be better, but for a workstation, I wouldn't bother with ZFS.

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my current RAID is backed up daily on a separated drive, what I need is the read/write speed that come with having 4 drive in raid 0.

 

I'm doing 3D work and usually write/read lot of file that weight hundred of mb up to few gb.

I cannot use a dedicated raid controller card as all my pci slot are used, but formatting and redoing the array is fine as I have lot of different backup.

 

I have an extreme Zenith and to create the current array, I first had to enable RAID mode in the bios and install RaidXpert on windows, assuming raidXpert it just a software to control the internal raid contorller of the MB, how I would do that on linux.

and if ZFS is not recommended for workstation, what else can I use to create a raid on linux ? 

 

Thanks for your info!

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4 hours ago, Granular said:

It's more complicated, doesn't come with any distro out of the box and strongly recommends running ECC RAM.

Sure, you get snapshots and deduplication, but deduplication especially takes a lot of resources. For a dedicated storage server, it may be better, but for a workstation, I wouldn't bother with ZFS.

Depending on what he needs he could get away with BTRFS, either way if he has a 1950x I would assume he has RAM to spare. DDR4 has some built in error correction even if it's not explicitly ECC so I wouldn't worry about that.

 

Either way as I said I'd recommend a separate storage server.

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-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

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-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

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-OnePlus X - [7/10]

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-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

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A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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3 hours ago, SciMunk said:

my current RAID is backed up daily on a separated drive, what I need is the read/write speed that come with having 4 drive in raid 0.

 

I'm doing 3D work and usually write/read lot of file that weight hundred of mb up to few gb.

I cannot use a dedicated raid controller card as all my pci slot are used, but formatting and redoing the array is fine as I have lot of different backup.

 

I have an extreme Zenith and to create the current array, I first had to enable RAID mode in the bios and install RaidXpert on windows, assuming raidXpert it just a software to control the internal raid contorller of the MB, how I would do that on linux.

and if ZFS is not recommended for workstation, what else can I use to create a raid on linux ? 

 

Thanks for your info!

Just saw this after my last reply...

 

So yeah, as I said BTRFS is another option that isn't as resource intensive as ZFS (though for raid 0 ZFS doesn't really use a lot of resources), other than that there is md - a bit lacking in features in my opinion, but easy enough to setup.

 

For raid 0 I really wouldn't bother with the motherboard's hardware controller, it makes no difference.

 

For more information you can read the arch wiki, this information is pretty much universal across all distributions (except for the exact package names):

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/RAID

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Btrfs#RAID

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/ZFS

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Just a list of my personal scores for some products, in no particular order, with brief comments. I just got the idea to do them so they aren't many for now :)

Don't take these as complete reviews or final truths - they are just my personal impressions on products I may or may not have used, summed up in a couple of sentences and a rough score. All scores take into account the unit's price and time of release, heavily so, therefore don't expect absolute performance to be reflected here.

 

-Lenovo Thinkpad X220 - [8/10]

Spoiler

A durable and reliable machine that is relatively lightweight, has all the hardware it needs to never feel sluggish and has a great IPS matte screen. Downsides are mostly due to its age, most notably the screen resolution of 1366x768 and usb 2.0 ports.

 

-Apple Macbook (2015) - [Garbage -/10]

Spoiler

From my perspective, this product has no redeeming factors given its price and the competition. It is underpowered, overpriced, impractical due to its single port and is made redundant even by Apple's own iPad pro line.

 

-OnePlus X - [7/10]

Spoiler

A good phone for the price. It does everything I (and most people) need without being sluggish and has no particularly bad flaws. The lack of recent software updates and relatively barebones feature kit (most notably the lack of 5GHz wifi, biometric sensors and backlight for the capacitive buttons) prevent it from being exceptional.

 

-Microsoft Surface Book 2 - [Garbage - -/10]

Spoiler

Overpriced and rushed, offers nothing notable compared to the competition, doesn't come with an adequate charger despite the premium price. Worse than the Macbook for not even offering the small plus sides of having macOS. Buy a Razer Blade if you want high performance in a (relatively) light package.

 

-Intel Core i7 2600/k - [9/10]

Spoiler

Quite possibly Intel's best product launch ever. It had all the bleeding edge features of the time, it came with a very significant performance improvement over its predecessor and it had a soldered heatspreader, allowing for efficient cooling and great overclocking. Even the "locked" version could be overclocked through the multiplier within (quite reasonable) limits.

 

-Apple iPad Pro - [5/10]

Spoiler

A pretty good product, sunk by its price (plus the extra cost of the physical keyboard and the pencil). Buy it if you don't mind the Apple tax and are looking for a very light office machine with an excellent digitizer. Particularly good for rich students. Bad for cheap tinkerers like myself.

 

 

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