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Date:      Wed, 29 Dec 2004 22:25:21 -0700
From:      "m" <mfoulk@kewd.com>
To:        <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   PCI RAID for 'gift'
Message-ID:  <000001c4ee2f$f52f2e00$68bbbbc0@kewdaeahnhd04i>

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{I was emailed a 'recommendation' to CC this to the questions list,
it was originally posted to hardware}

I apologize if repeating the post causes any problems. Thanks.
VF

-----Original Message-----
From: Victor Foulk [mailto:kaosent@kewd.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 20:50 PM
To: freebsd-hardware@freebsd.org
Subject: PCI RAID for 'gift'
	
	My wife has done the unthinkable this season! She decided to buy me
a new server for our small office, which I am more than excited about,
except for one paramount detail...

It is a respectable 1U server with the following specs from manual:
Dual (2) IntelR XEON 2.8GHz HT Processors=20
533MHz Front Side Bus, Hyperthread
512K L2 Cache=20
Intel E7501 Server Chipset
2GB PC2100 ECC Reg. DDR Memory
Dual (2) 160GB SATA Hard Drives, 8MB Buffer=20
52x Sony CDROM Drive (black)=20
8MB Onboard ATIR RageT XL=20
Intel 10/100Mbps NIC=20
Intel Gigabit NIC

And now the problem:
SuperMicro Board comes with onboard RAID, an Adaptec ICH5R SATA
controller.

I am not a computer expert, nor an expert with respect to FreeBSD, but
there is really no other operating system that I am willing (nor trust) to
run
on our server. The retailer will not accept return or exchange, so I am
stuck with this thing. Can anyone provide any suggestions to overcome this
problem? Maybe suggest a compatible pci raid card or something to make
the system work in a raid configuration with the existing HD's?

Any and all assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you so very much for you help.
Victor Foulk



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