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David Ranch
2004-01-01, 12:28
>On the i386 side, I've had real good luck w/ Rocket Raid PCI cards from high
>point. I have had no problems in both windows an linux boxes. My current
>setup is a Rocket Raid 100 running two 80 gig drives in a Raid 1
configuration.
>Those drives are full with only 50% of my collection ripped. I'm moving to a

>Promise FastTrak Serial ATA Raid card to mirror two 250gb serial ata
drives.

I don't recommend the Promise FastTrack controllers. In a mirror situation, if
the primary drive fails, the OS will crash but it will start back up upon
reboot. Once the failed HD is replaced, RAID 1 rebuilding can only be
initiated and run from the Promise BIOS screen thus the machine is offline
until the rebuild it complete. For Linux, you have two options to use this
controller: Promise drivers that emulate a SCSI subsystem (slow, not well
supported by Promise, I think they are discontinued now :-( ) or the Linux
ATARAID project drivers which work but still have the above issues. I'm not
aware if the HighPoint controllers do this too but I would suspect as much.

Overall, I think the FastTrack Controllers suck but if you are willing to live
with the above issues, I have a FastTrack 100TX4 here for sale! (retail is
about :-)

--David
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Jack Coates
2004-01-01, 19:11
On Thu, 2004-01-01 at 11:28, David Ranch wrote:
....
> I don't recommend the Promise FastTrack controllers. In a mirror situation, if
> the primary drive fails, the OS will crash but it will start back up upon
> reboot. Once the failed HD is replaced, RAID 1 rebuilding can only be
> initiated and run from the Promise BIOS screen thus the machine is offline
> until the rebuild it complete. For Linux, you have two options to use this
> controller: Promise drivers that emulate a SCSI subsystem (slow, not well
> supported by Promise, I think they are discontinued now :-( ) or the Linux
> ATARAID project drivers which work but still have the above issues. I'm not
> aware if the HighPoint controllers do this too but I would suspect as much.
>
> Overall, I think the FastTrack Controllers suck but if you are willing to live
> with the above issues, I have a FastTrack 100TX4 here for sale! (retail is
> about :-)

seconding the vote, Promise FastTracks stink to high heaven under Linux
(at least the three models I've dealt with). They may or may not be
usable under Windows, haven't tried.
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Darren White
2004-01-02, 15:02
I have been happy with 3ware RAID controllers. Linux and other OS
support is great.. And you can replace and initiate a rebuild on a live
machine.. Its also "real" hardware raid, not like promise which is
merely a glorified ata controller. With 3ware, the bios/os only see's
the 1 virtual drive. The real drives are only exposed through the
driver. Plus their 12 port SATA raid card is super sexy.. :)

> On Thu, 2004-01-01 at 11:28, David Ranch wrote:
> ...
> > I don't recommend the Promise FastTrack controllers. In a mirror situation, if
> > the primary drive fails, the OS will crash but it will start back up upon
> > reboot. Once the failed HD is replaced, RAID 1 rebuilding can only be
> > initiated and run from the Promise BIOS screen thus the machine is offline
> > until the rebuild it complete. For Linux, you have two options to use this
> > controller: Promise drivers that emulate a SCSI subsystem (slow, not well
> > supported by Promise, I think they are discontinued now :-( ) or the Linux
> > ATARAID project drivers which work but still have the above issues. I'm not
> > aware if the HighPoint controllers do this too but I would suspect as much.
> >
> > Overall, I think the FastTrack Controllers suck but if you are willing to live
> > with the above issues, I have a FastTrack 100TX4 here for sale! (retail is
> > about :-)
>
> seconding the vote, Promise FastTracks stink to high heaven under Linux
> (at least the three models I've dealt with). They may or may not be
> usable under Windows, haven't tried.
> --
> Jack at Monkeynoodle Dot Org: It's A Scientific Venture...
> ************************************************** ********************
> * "Stark raving naked in the fornication nation!" *
> * -- Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child from *
> * Root Hog or Die by Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper *
> ************************************************** ********************
>
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