[nycbug-talk] RAID controllers - what doesn't suck?
Mon Sep 13 17:28:25 EDT 2004
I have been using dell pe 1650's with freebsd. They have rebranded
adaptec SCSI RAID cards. Haven't had a large enough number of drive
failures to raise concern. Are you using the aacli utility?
On Sep 13, 2004, at 4:29 PM, Charles Sprickman wrote:
> Hi all,
> Looking for some feedback from people using low to midrange SCSI RAID
> controllers under FreeBSD (but other *BSD input would be useful as
> Last time I shopped, Adaptec seemed like the best value for the money.
> But since installing a number of these, I'm rethinking that. The most
> annoying problem I've run into is the controller just marking drives
> as bad. If I reboot and ask it to build back onto the "bad" drives,
> all is well for quite some time. Most of the drives are IBM, bought
> before people started noting that IBM drives are garbage.
> This of course leads to troubleshooting hell... Checking the firmware
> on all the drives and then digging up a windows box and scsi card to
> "flash" the drives, double and triple checking the scsi chain is
> terminated properly, hoping that the SCA backplane isn't hosed, etc.
> Time consuming and a lot of mixed results. Part of me just thinks
> this is an issue with the IBM drive, but then again, the drives work
> fine standalone. In a few days I'm taking one problematic system down
> and junking all the IBM drives for some new (and larger) Seagates. So
> if that makes everything "OK", I'll stick with Seagate.
> One other question... I'm going to be setting up a new shell server
> that also serves up a decent amount of ~user webpages. That too will
> need a RAID controller. I'm not really up on what advantages SATA has
> over normal IDE drives, but I wonder if perhaps SATA RAID would be
> sufficient in this case? Lots and lots of random reads, not very
> sequential. Opinions?
> Charles Sprickman
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