I have seen a few similar questions here but they are all years old and since the technology landscape is so volatile I thought it best to start afresh. Plus, few of them speak specifically to raid 5.
I am building a home media server. I have four 2 TB HDs that I want to use in a raid 5 configuration. I'm planning on using Ubuntu but could use Windows 7 Professional if needed.
I'm wondering how people feel on using software RAID 5 over hardware RAID 5.
I was thinking we could buy a PCI 4 port SATA III RAID 5 card but many articles I read say hardware RAID cards are not compatible with each other so if our card goes bad we can't replace it with a different brand/type and all of our data will be gone.
But then some of the articles I read, all from 4+ years ago, say software RAID 5 is no good.
Our motherboard does have 6 SATA slots so if we do software RAID then we could later on add 2 more HDs.
I was wondering whats everyone's thought on the matter for today?