Need really cheap IDE mirroring PCI controlled for FreebBSD 4.10

Gavin Atkinson gavin.atkinson at
Thu Mar 3 12:10:12 GMT 2005

On Thu, 2005-03-03 at 12:13 +0300, Artem Kuchin wrote:
> pete wright <nomadlogic at> wrote:
> > On Wed, 2 Mar 2005 17:27:07 +0300, Artem Kuchin <matrix at>
> > wrote: 
> >> Can anybody recommend cheap IDE mirroring PCI (2.0, not 2.1 or 2.2)
> >> controller with just 2 IDE ports which works fine with FreeBSD 4.10 ?
> >> 
> >> It is to be installed on a very old motherboard (1998) and two 40GB
> >> IDE driver (more or less modern ones, at least not used ones for 
> >> sure). 
> > 
> > sorry I don't know of any really cheap one's off hand, altho I do have
> > experience with 3Ware RAID cards on 4.x.  They seemed to work well,
> > and they are less expensive than proper SCSI cards...altho slower.  If
> > cost really an issue would it be worth mirroring your disks in
> > software via VINUM?
> Well, i don't trust software raids. But 3ware is probably one of the most
> expensive raid 0,1 controllers. There must be something around 40$ which
> freebsd supports. Does anyone known any model?

I'm currently using an Adaptec 1200A on
FreeBSD 5.3-STABLE #1: Fri Feb  4 02:43:22 GMT 2005 root at

and it works without any problems.  I'm using it in RAID1 mode and it
seems to be nice and fast. It's happy booting and running even with one
of the pair removed, and is happy with rebuilding afterwards. Although,
to be honest once this machine has booted it mainly only uses the disks
for logging, so I'm not putting significant load in the controller.

atapci0: <HighPoint HPT370 UDMA100 controller> port 0xa800-0xa8ff,0xb000-0xb003,0xb400-0xb407,0xb800-0xb803,0xd000-0xd007 irq 17 at device 14.0 on pci0
ata2: channel #0 on atapci0
ata3: channel #1 on atapci0
ad4: 39205MB <Maxtor 6E040L0/NAR61HA0> [79656/16/63] at ata2-master UDMA100
ad6: 39205MB <Maxtor 6E040L0/NAR61HA0> [79656/16/63] at ata3-master UDMA100
ar0: 39205MB <ATA RAID1 array> [4998/255/63] status: READY subdisks:
 disk0 READY on ad4 at ata2-master
 disk1 READY on ad6 at ata3-master
Mounting root from ufs:/dev/ar0s1a

I think this card was about 30 pounds, which is probably about 50
dollars.  Remember though that this card isn't true hardware RAID, but
you're probably not going to find that within your price range.


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