Hardware RAID support? Which controller best to use?

Scott Long scottl at samsco.org
Mon Nov 21 14:57:08 GMT 2005

Olaf Greve wrote:

> Hi all,
> Well, the plot thickens and I have another follow-up question after all...
> I relayed the information I gathered from you all, and the person in 
> charge indicated that he couldn't get the 9500S-4 directly from their 
> normal supplier.
> They are somewhat pressed for installing the machine very soon, so he 
> asked me if I knew if the Adaptec 2410SA would also work well...
> The details of this adapter can be found at:
> http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/product/proddetail.html?sess=no&language=English+US&prodkey=AAR-2410SA&cat=%2fTechnology%2fSerial+ATA%2fSerial+ATA+RAID+Controllers 
> Surprise, surprise, once again FreeBSD is not mentioned on the list of 
> supported OSes (do people even realise it exists? :( ).
> Has anyone tried this particular RAID controller, or a different Adaptec 
> SATA one?
> I myself use Adaptec SCSI RAID controllers (the 2100S and the 2200S), 
> and they are both supported in the generic kernel, but then, that's SCSI...
> Thanks again; if this adapter isn't any good with FreeBSD amd64 I'll 
> tell them, and will urge them to do their best to find a 9500S (in fact: 
> I'll already make sure to tell him that the list concensus is that the 
> 9500S is preferrable).
> Cheers!
> Olafo

All Adaptec RAID controllers are supported under FreeBSD.  Adaptec 
doesn't offer formal support for FreeBSD, though, and that is why it's
not mentioned on their website.  Also, I'd recommend getting the 2810
instead of the 2410 if your budget allows for it.


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