suggestions for SATA RAID cards

Darren Pilgrim darren.pilgrim at
Thu Aug 24 17:06:21 UTC 2006

Andreas Klemm wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 23, 2006 at 09:23:00AM +0100, Steven Hartland wrote:
>> The Areca cards I can recommend. Highpoint 1820a is surprisingly good
> Many many years ago I bought a HighPoint HPT366 ATA66 controller.
> Thought its a good deal because it was cheap.
> Thought, an ATA interface can't be that complicated anymore
> so that its safe to buy a cheap product.
> Turned out that I was very wrong with my theorie.
> I ran into timeout problems, that couldn't be fixed.
> After days and nights of troubleshooting and testing
> I didn't get it to work reliably.
> I replaced it by buying a more expensive Promise controller.
> Since then I had zero problems.
> Since that time I lost trust in HighPoint products.

The 366 was an exception, mostly.  It was a borked piece of hardware in 
a "new generation" of ATA controllers at a time when IIRC FreeBSD was on 
the leading edge of major overhaul of ATA support.  Modern HighPoint 
controllers are decent for the price.  I wouldn't put one in a server, 
though.  My servers use 3ware and Dell cards.

Darren Pilgrim

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