SATA Host Adapter Recommendation

Rob lists at
Sun May 22 03:35:38 UTC 2011

I have a Highpoint 4-port PCI-E 4x card in a server that has worked well 
for a few years.  It's a bit pricey, but I've had no problems with it.

Recently, I've gotten 3 Rosewill RC-218 cards because they're much 
cheaper and I don't need the RAID functionality on other cards.  I'm 
building servers with them now, but FreeBSD recognizes the disks 
attached to them fine (so long as your on >= 8.2 and you add 
hw.hptrr.attach_generic=0 in /boot/loader.conf).  I haven't tried 
hot-swapping any drives yet, but I'm assuming since it's SATA it should 
work fine.  I should probably verify that soon.


On 5/21/11 9:26 PM, Jason C. Wells wrote:
> I am looking to get 2 sata host adapters. The mandatory requirements are
> good freebsd support and hot swap capability. I plan to use gmirror. I
> have discovered that my onboard chipsets don't support hot swap.
> The highpoint cards are rated highly on newegg. Are these good with
> freebsd?
> Thanks,
> Jason C. Wells
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