I can’t say as to how large a chassis your RAID array will be hosted in, but my best guess for you without all the information would be to get a good doesn’t have to be the most expensive RAID controller 3Ware, Areca, LSI, Adaptec probably something on the lower ends of each manufacturer and buy large, cheaper disks. That way there’s less room for misunderstandings. Todd Aug 18, Take a look at this list here for a good run-down of cards: We tried various troubleshooting steps including: Controller prices fall very slowly over time.

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Log in or sign up in seconds. From hardware testing to system reporting, to scheduling those all important scrubs and S. They have onboard RAM that uses additional power. Thanks for your help. Want to add to the discussion?

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Other than that exception, we would strongly suggest sticking with LSI controllers listed above. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Unless you like spending more money on your drives, just get one of the cheaper options.


What happens when you need to have more than one chassis? Performance isn’t a huge concern but reliability is as this is designed to be a archive. I’ve used 3Ware and Areca.

Lots of reviews on Newegg aren’t all positive so I can’t speak to everyone else’s experience but I’ve used them for over a 1. Another scenario is that you need more space but want to continue using a single head node. Joined Aug 12, Messages 6 Thanks 0. I actually have a which works great in 0. Yes, the FreeNAs version is installed a zdaptec ago, 8. Some platforms have only 6, 8 or 10 chipset ports which are not enough for many storage applications.

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We use one of these cards in a small FreeNAS system. Drives I’m looking at: Heck, at the prices listed, you could probably get twice the number of drives for the same cost and have spares on hand.

If you do, then your card and mobo are talking to each other. In LSI naming convention you will see the last portion of the part number have both an i and an e with numbers preceding the letters. Skip anything that is SAS1 only. The manual is always a good place to start when you have a question that needs answering. I am currently running FreeNas 9.



Todd Aug 16, I’m going to keep working on it and will post back any progress. Joined May 28, Messages Thanks You can get adapter cables but we suggest using the appropriate HBA in the first place. For whatever sdaptec, the two SATA drives connected to the motherboard are seen by FreeNAS but none of the drives connected to the controller can be seen.

Following recommendations from search results yielded no fix. I am currently able to monitor my Raid setup to turn off the beep To monitor my adaptec Raid I installed the ASM version that supported my card. Joined Aug 16, Messages 3 Thanks 0. Email required Address never made public.

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