sata raid card for FreeBSD?

Gary D. Margiotta gary at
Wed May 9 02:48:27 UTC 2007

On Tue, 8 May 2007, Rick C. Petty wrote:

> On Wed, May 09, 2007 at 12:45:14AM +0200, Thomas Fischer wrote:
>> Since I'm going to be accessing these files when I'm running under both
>> Windows and FreeBSD, the geom/gmirror solution won't work for me.  Would
>> anyone be able to advise me on an inexpensive SATA RAID card that would be
>> well supported by FreeBSD?  I don't need anything fancy - just something
>> with 2 SATA ports capable of doing RAID-1, and which is (well) supported by
>> FreeBSD (and Windows).
> SATA and not SATA II?  If so, then anything with the Sil 3112 chipset or
> similar would work:

Go for a Highpoint card, something like the 1542, I've got a bunch in 
both windows and freebsd machines, and they work rather well.  They're not 
the speediest cards, but I've not had a DOA or a failure yet with them, 
and they just work.

I'd personally stay away from the Sil chipsets, the newer ones aren't as 
bad, but I've seen a lot of not-nice things about those cards from Soren 
in the past, and being that he's the ATA maintainer, I'd take his advice 
pretty seriously.


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