SATA to PCI cards

Bahman M. b.movaqar at
Fri Aug 24 13:01:57 PDT 2007

 > >I'm running FreeBSD 6.2.
 > >$ uname -a
 > >FreeBSD attila 6.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE #0: Fri Jan 12 10:40:27
 > >UTC 2007     root at
 > >  i386
 > >
 > >My motherboard which is an ASUS A7V8X-X doesn't support SATA. I
 > >searched the internet and found out that there are SATA to PCI cards
 > >for my situation. Is anyone using such cards? Will they cause any
 > >problem with FreeBSD 6.2?
 > >
 > >By the way, I'd appreciate any suggestions for a good SATA to PCI card to
 > >buy.

> I've had a huge sata issue with my promise card since I added two need
> sata3.0 disks to my two old sata1.5 disks.  Turning off smartd seemed
> to make it go away, however.  Never had issues with a promise board
> before.  In the interim I bought a HiPoint, which appears to be the
> cadillac of sub-$300 cards, but I've yet to tweak the drivers into a
> functiona state.  I also tried one of the $19 cards and was told by
> this list that they have drivers and appear to work fine, but will
> corrupt your data bigtime, crash unexpectedly, etc.  Mine was a
> rosewill card, but lots of vendors are using the $19 variants.

As I explored the archives I came up with some posts reporting
problems with Promise cards, mostly on CURRENT though. Looks like I
should search a bit more. Thanks.

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