SATA Port Multipliers in FreeBSD (6.3)

Elliot Finley efinleywork at
Thu Mar 5 10:41:57 PST 2009

Christopher Key wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm looking to substantially expand the storage on my FreeBSD 6.3 home 
> media server.  With regards hardware, the simplest way to attach large 
> numbers of drives seem to be to use SATA port multipliers, but I've been 
> unable to find any consensus on their level of support in FreeBSD.  I'm 
> currently looking at a RocketRAID 2314 and SiI3726 based port 
> multipliers.  Has any had any experience with this combination?

Why not just upgrade to 7-Stable and then use these:

they cost less than port multipliers.  They don't do RAID, but then if 
you're on 7-Stable, you can use ZFS zraid.


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