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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2003 6:25 pm    Post subject: ATA controller card recommendations Reply with quote

Once I manage to scrape together enough cash, I'm planning on picking up an AT controller card & a few HDs. Can anyone recommend a good brand that won't give me any issues with Linux or FreeBSD?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 23, 2003 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've got a promise ultra 100 tx2 running here. i'm not sure how good it performs (it's ata 100, surprise!) as there are just two cdroms attached to it.
anyway it works nice with linux and hasn't caused me any troubles, just compiled the kernelmodule and that's it.
i got it quite cheap, too (don't really remember the price).
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2003 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most generic PCI ATA/RAID cards have either Highpoint, Promise or CMD chipsets.
Pick a cheap card with any of these on it, and Im sure you wont have any problems under linux. Ive tried Highpoint 366, 370/372 and CMD 649 based cards.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you guys seen this?
http://www.tomshardware.com/storage/20030130/index.html
I'd love to have PCI-Express, with an SCSI Ultra320 card, then use my dual 100GB WD 7200rpm drives with these attachments. Maybe this might be an option instead of ATA controller cards?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 3:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

go for a cheap promise / highpoint controller. both have partial opensource drivers + software if you want to set up a hot swap mirror & both have kernel drivers for normal use.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if you're looking for high-end, go for the 3ware controllers. Newer ones are SATA compliant.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Highpoint/Promise cards are cheap, but they are nasty. I would look at a card with better linux support.

Meanwhile you can use software raid. It is good!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amne wrote:
i've got a promise ultra 100 tx2 running here.
I have this one as well. Worked very easily after a kernel compile. I believe I've read of some having a problem with the 133 version. A search on promise would probably bring up the thread.
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