Currently I have HTPC configured like this;
AMD Athlon II x2 260
4GB DDR2 800MHz RAM
1xWD 500GB 7.2k
3xWD Green 2TB in RAID5
Win 7 x64
On my array, I mostly save large media files and important family photos (they're also synced to another PC).
The array itself is managed by the on-board RAID controller and is using NTFS.
Now, I want to expand my array, switch to a dedicated RAID card that's future proof and maybe change the FS, although the latter is probably not feasible if I stay on Windows.
I'm fully aware that I'll have to delete the array in order to migrate to another RAID card.
I want to go with Hardware RAID, not any Software solutions like FlexRaid, RaidZ, or any kind of snapshot RAID.
I also want the array to be expandable and the only possible way with HW raid is the OLCE feature, as far as I know.
The NTFS has the array limit of 16TB, is there any way around it? Is it possible to avoid those nasty passive errors that come with storing a lot of data for longer periods of time?
Is it possible to get a raid card with let's say 4 ports and then just buy expansions cards to increase the SATA port count?
Does a raid card I'm looking for exist in the under 150$ range, which one?