[mythtv-users] RocketRAID Cards, was: OT: help selecting drives for server

Nasa nasa01 at comcast.net
Wed May 20 16:36:31 UTC 2009

----- "Brian Wood" <beww at beww.org> wrote:

> On Wednesday 20 May 2009 07:32:00 Jon Bishop wrote:
> > On May 18, 2009, at 6:18 PM, Nasa wrote:
> > >> 8-port cards are either PCI-X or PCIExpress for that reason.
> > >
> > > It's a HighPoint Technologies, RocketRaid 2320
> >
> > I believe that with those HighPoint cards, you can use them as
> > controller cards without using the RAID function. I know it was
> true
> > of my RocketRaid IDE raid cards.
Yes, you can actually use the drives in a JBOD configuration.

> Yes, that's what I was doing. It worked, but it could not use the
> latest 
> modes. It was a little strange, Linux saw the drives, but as sde, sdg,
> sdi 
> and sdk, instead of a,b,c,d. Not really a problem, just odd.
> There is apparently an open source driver to use the RAID functions of
> the 
> card, I never played with that.
Yes, there is a free driver -- it's actually sponsored by Highpoint.

> But since I had a 133Mhz. PCI-X slot, I wanted to get a 64-bit card
> for better 
> performance. If you are using 32-bit slots, the RocketRaid is an
> option if 
> you already have one, but I wouldn't buy one specifically for Linux,
> since 
> software RAID works just as well or better with a cheaper card.
> Of course the OSS driver may work better than software RAID, but I
> don't know 
> about that. Personally I doubt it, but I have no data to back up that
> opinion.
I can't say one way or the other, but I haven't had any issues using the card over the last
couple of years.  
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