[nycbug-talk] SATA RAID options under FBSD 4.x

Dan Langille dan at langille.org
Sun Aug 13 07:58:43 EDT 2006

On 13 Aug 2006 at 0:03, Charles Sprickman wrote:

> On Sat, 12 Aug 2006, Dan Langille wrote:
> > On 12 Aug 2006 at 18:33, Charles Sprickman wrote:
> >
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> What's out there for somewhat high performance RAID controllers under
> >> FreeBSD 4.x?  I've been playing with a 3Ware 9550SX under 6.1 and it's
> >> great - blows away our old scsi stuff and is much better than the older
> >> 3Ware cards.  But no driver (twa) for 4.x.  Same story with Areca and the
> >> LSI SATA RAID cards.
> >
> > I can also vouch for that 3Ware card:
> >
> >   http://www.freebsddiary.org/dual-opteron-raptors.php
> >   http://www.freebsddiary.org/3ware-9550SX-8LP-cli.php
> Nice!  I get an Opteron sometime next week with the 12 port card.  I went 
> with the multilane connectors/backplane, so hopefully cabling things up 
> should be tidy - each connector handles four drives.

Good plan.  Last night I figured I could just buy shorter cables and 
solve the messy problem I have.

> >> Adaptec is something I'm looking to stay away from.  What else is there?
> >>
> >> Also...  I noticed the freebsd-scsi list is pretty dead these days.  Is
> >> there another list where general scsi/raid questions might get a larger
> >> audience?
> >
> > Is there a particular reason why you can't use 6.1 in this situation?
> It's a devel box and all the production boxes are still 4.11.  Also I 
> found out I can't use most of the modern cards - from what I can see both 
> the Areca and 3Ware cards only are available in PCI-X/e and the box is old 
> enough to not have either....
> Additionally I have seen some hard lockups on a warm boot with the 3Ware 
> card.  Disabling ACPI seems to make it happen less often, but 6.1 is 
> giving me some jitters on this hardware combination.

This box is well ventilated.  Very very noisy.  I run it only when 
the family is out of the house. 

Dan Langille : Software Developer looking for work
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