FreeBSD & Serial ATA

O'Reilly, Stuart stuart at
Sun May 1 07:10:17 PDT 2005

Hi guys,

Firstly, please go easy, i'm new to the list.

I'm in the process of building / upgrading a server and have chosen 
FreeBSD to run it. One requirement is the ability to support RAID 1.  I 
am looking at adding a Serial ATA PCI card but i'm unsure which is best. 
The motherboard itself doesn't support Serial ATA and I don't want to 
change it since it's a decent P4 motherboard and at the moment it's an 
unncessary expense.

I've looked in the archives and seen the name 3ware comes as a 
recommendation. Does anyone know where I can get hold of one these in 
the UK. The ususal e-stores don't seem to stock them.

Failing that, I've been looking at Adaptec and the 1210AS has taken my 
eye. Anyone have any experience of this card.

The system is a P4 1.8Ghz system with 512MB RAM and 2 x 80GB drives 
running in RAID 1. The system will be co-lo'd so something reliable is 

Many thanks.


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