[mythtv-users] Anyone using RocketRAID?
beww at beww.org
Sat Mar 15 19:45:54 UTC 2008
On Mar 15, 2008, at 12:47 PM, John Welch wrote:
> Just wanted to add some perspective from my own personal experience,
> not with this particular card, but with the company who makes these
> cards, HighPoint. First, I have to qualify my comments by saying
> that this was several years ago and it was with what was probably
> the lowest card on their food chain. Having said that, my
> experience with them was horrible. I was just looking for a PCI
> card so that I could add some more ATA hard drives to my system. I
> chose the HighPoint card because it was reasonably priced and they
> seemed to be Linux friendly. However, I came to find out that their
> Linux support only included a small number of distros. I still
> thought I was OK because RedHat was one of the supported distros,
> but as someone pointed out in a previous post, they only supported
> specific kernels within the supported distros, and did not seem good
> at keeping things up to date. The card kind of worked with the
> standard, up to date, RedHat kernel that I was using at the time,
> but I had issues with the card not recognizing the full capacity of
> one of my drives, and I also had some problems with the system
> locking up. I tried contacting support via email, and although they
> did respond, they were not very helpful. I have to admit I never
> tried calling their support line. I simply gave up, and found
> another, cheaper card from NewEgg; which although it didn't
> specifically say that Linux was supported, worked out of the box,
> with the stock kernel.
I'll qualify this by saying my only experience with hardware RAID
cards is with SCSI units, not SATA, but I don't see where it would
make any difference.
As I understand it, and in my experience, a hardware RAID card
shouldn't care about what OS it's running on, or what kernel, or
The card should have its own BIOS, including a built-in program for
creating and testing arrays. It should appear to the OS as a single
drive, of the type it supports, or possible multiple single drives.
So I can't see how it would make any difference what distro or kernel
you are running, it should just appear to be a drive or drives.
If it DOES matter what kernel or distro you are running than it is not
a "hardware" RAID card, and probably has more in common with the
'RAID" support on a lot of mobos, which is just a little memory to
store setup parameters with hooks into a (usually Windows) software
Usually you can tell what you're dealing with by the cost, but the
card in question seems high priced enough that it should be a true
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