Hardware RAID support? Which controller best to use?

Nathan Vidican nvidican at wmptl.com
Fri Nov 18 13:47:38 GMT 2005

Olaf Greve wrote:
> Hi all,
> In addition to the questions posed in the message I sent earlier today, 
> I would like to know which SATA hardware controllers incl. RAID 10 
> support are working well with FreeBSD 5.4 or 6 amd64...
> Note: the motherboard of the machine that will be used will most likely 
> not have 64-bit PCI slots, but rather only normal 32-bit PCI and 
> PCI-express slots.
> Can anyone recommend me some good solutions?
> Also: the motherboard featured a built in Silicon RAID controller. I've 
> previously tried to get FreeBSD to recognise such a controller, but it 
> didn't recognise the RAID array properly and simply identified the 
> drives individually instead of as 1 RAID-1 array.
> On: 
> http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=ata&sektion=4&manpath=FreeBSD+6.0-RELEASE 
> it looks like this might work better under v6 but I'm not certain...
> Does anyone have any suggestions? I know what to do SCSI wise (which is 
> what I have myself), but these guys really want to use SATA....
> Cheers!
> Olafo
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