I've been having the same issues.
The conclusion of my testing is that type of card (aka Adaptec
1210SA, Promise PDC2* ) are not stable, reliable, performant.
(For my taste btw)
The underlying technology is just mickey mouse:
They store the config on drive (ok);
They dont accelerate mirror that much. (mirror function in driver);
If you loose a drive your filesystem jam (since the mirror
function is in the driver);
You have to rebuilt via the bios (long downtime).
The best card are the 3ware 9000/9500 series. Which is a real hard
FYI: I have both success with Marvell 88SX5041 SATA150 and Promise
I had major failure under load with Adaptec 1210SA and Promise TX2300.
Derrick T. Woolworth wrote:
Sorry for cross-posting, but these issues seem relevant for lists...
Has anyone had success with SATA300 controllers with FreeBSD 6.1?
trying Promise and nVidia nForce4 and I'm not having any luck. Using
K8NGM2-L motherboard and others, but 6.1's installation hangs as soon
sees ad4. I've also tried using an Adaptec 1210SA controller and had
results. I've read that the chipset on this controller is not very
forces serialized access to the controller's channels???
got a K8N Diamond motherboard on a workstation and I was able to at least
"start" the 6.1 installation. I have no idea if its stable. At this
I'd settle for just knowing "which" SATA300 controller to use that
successfully and "well" with FreeBSD 6.0 OR 6.1. Another question,
have more success installing 6.0 and then upgrading the kernel and
recompiling with a build-world?
I'm currently trying to build a moderate large system with 4 presentation
servers, 2 database servers and one large storage system using NFS
~1.2 terrabyte of SATA disks (4x Maxtor 500GB 7200 RPM disks w/RAID5
config). Any suggestions?
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