suggestions for SATA RAID cards

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Wed Aug 23 15:46:58 UTC 2006

On 8/23/06, Willem Jan Withagen <wjw at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've ran into sort of a snag with building a 2T file server.
> Given all the good press here for 3ware and the talk to the guys at the CeBIT
> I decided to go for a 9550SX-LP8.
> With that I bought a ASUS serverboard: K8N-LR with 165 dual core opteron.
> In itself is this a combo that I thing would do for a long time at my home. ;)
> However the 3ware controler decided not to play nice with 2 of the PCI-X
> boards I have here. It gets stuck in the bios disc scan.

Disable int 13. The card is probably trying to load it's boot BIOS and
another card is interfering with it... I had a Promise card that loved
to f**k with my HighPoint controller. The solution to the problem was
disabling int 13 on the HighPoint card by re-flashing the cards BIOS
with a special switch set, I didn't need to boot from this card

> So I'm looking for alternatives with good support under amd64. I've seen that
> the Adaptecs are supported under aac(4). But what about Promisse or Highpoint
> RAID controllers?

Stay away from Adaptec and Promise because they don't support FreeBSD.
I would recommend Areca and/or HighPoint because they do officially
support FreeBSD. 3Ware does support FreeBSD but I don't have
experience with their cards so I can't say anything good or bad about

If you want to go 64-bit Areca drivers are open source and the FreeBSD
man page states that they work on amd64.

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