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Combo SATA (Serial ATA) and PATA(IDE) PCI RAID Controller Card
Only SATA supports RAID
Supports PCI plug and Play. PCI interrupt sharing and coexists with mainboard IDE controller.
Supports IDE bus master operation
4KB to 64KB striping block size support
Bootable disk or disk arry support
Real-time monitoring of device status and error alarm with popup message box and beeping
Supports hot-swap failed disk in RAID1 array
Mirroring automatic background rebuilds support
ATA SMART function support
MS windows 98,ME,NT4.0,2000,XP operating systems support
Event log for easy troubleshooting
On-lne help for easy operation for RAID software
Questions and Answers
It also seems only capable of booting off a 2 drive RAID configuration. No single drive booting capability. Don't buy if you're wanting to add single SATA or PATA hdd booting .
rom what I gather, preferred RAID drivers for linux (over the sata_via in the PCI card in question) are:
Driver Manufacturer Model
sata_sil24 Sicicon Image Sil 3124, Sil 3132, and Sil 3531
ahci Intel ICH6-10, ESB2, Tolopai
VIA VT 8251
Marvel 6121, 6145
JMicron 360, 361, 363, 365, 366
ULi M 5288
nVidea MCP65, 67, 73, 77, 79, 7B
PROS: Probably an easy, low-cost card for Windows users
CONS: Won't readily work with linux, driver is not preferred for linux (see below)
Too hard to set up for most newer linux users
Package includes the board, one SATA data cable, driver & utility mini disk, and an instruction manual mainly concerned with RAID.
The Promise card wouldnt work, as its old enough it doesnt support PCI sharing, so I couldnt use it, RAID or otherwise (it conflicted with the on board SIS RAID controller). So I purchased this card. The instruction manual is titled Creative I/O SATA RAID Controller Card 2 Ports SATA & 1 Port IDE. Furthermore, the instructions indicate that only SATA supports RAID. Well, I really only wanted it for the IDE port, but having the two extra SATA channels is a great bonus for when these drives finally bite the dust.
Installing it was simple and it recognized my two IDE drives without any problems. I installed the RAID utility to see what it contained and its the normal VIA RAID utility. Even though it the instructions say it only support SATA RAID, it appears that it WILL support RAID 1 on the IDE channel, as I have created a RAID array and am currently mirroring the two drives. Not that I intend to keep them in an array, since I actually have them mounted in Monoprice Mobile Racks (which are actually bytechusa.com SNT-1122s) so they can easily be removed from my machine for off-site backup purposes.
So far, the VIA RAID utility is 9% synchronized. It will be interesting to see if the RAID array really works with the IDE drives. If so, it will be one of the cheapest IDE RAID controllers Ive every purchased.
So far Im very pleased. One minor thing I did notice, however, is that the connector leads on the board are not gold plated. Hopefully this wont cause me problems in the future!
PROS: Easy to set up, Plug and Play
PROS: Quick, easy, works great.
CONS: None to report
PROS: Works just fine, didn't have to do anything but physically install it and it worked. Good price for a raid card, though I didn't set up a raid.