Many individuals and small businesses employ redundant data storage systems such as
to give them the largest storage capacity as well as redundancy to protect their data from a computer crash or similar event. RAID storage systems also improve performance by allowing computers connected to it to read data from multiple drives, which reduces the file processing speed. A
SATA RAID controller card
allows users to see the drives of the RAID system and creates the redundancy the user desires. Prospective buyers of SATA RAID cards should check out some of the most popular cards before making a purchasing decision.
When shopping for
SATA RAID controller cards
, prospective buyers should consider the number of hard drives they want to array, transfer speeds, and operating systems. Those who are using compact RAID arrays may also want to shop for low-profile controller cards as a full-size PCI controller card may not fit in their system. Users who want to connect only a few hard drives can opt for one of the less expensive controller cards that can handle at least four drives, while those who need to connect a larger number of drives may want to invest in one of the more expensive cards. Individuals working with larger files, such as graphic files, should also take transfer rates into consideration because inadequate transfer speeds could slow down production. Those working with smaller files need not be concerned with this issue.
How to Buy SATA RAID Cards
eBay offers a wide variety of RAID cards and other computer parts and accessories at great prices. To purchase a
PCI RAID controller card
, visit eBay and type your keywords into the search box on any page of the website. If you know exactly which card you wish to purchase, enter the brand and model information and then filter the results you get by price, condition, and more. If you wish to browse the available listings before deciding on a brand and model, start with a broader search, for example by looking up 'RAID cards'. Read the item description carefully and contact the seller if you have any questions about the product he or she sells.