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Date:      Thu, 30 Dec 2004 21:28:09 -0600
From:      Eric Schuele <>
To:        m <>
Subject:   Re: PCI RAID for 'gift'
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000001c4ee2f$f52f2e00$68bbbbc0@kewdaeahnhd04i>
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m wrote:
> {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 []
> Sent: Wednesday, December 29, 2004 20:50 PM
> To:
> 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.

If I remember correctly... (somebody please correct me)
The Intel ICH5R supports RAID 0 and RAID 1, and I think their 'Matrix' 
technology. Which should allow you to mirror, striped volumes.  Should 
be able to setup the volume(s) via BIOS.  Is any FreeBSD support 
necessary??? I have no idea.  When I googled I found a few other FreeBSD 
threads discussing ICH5R.  So you might start with the past posts to see 
if anything helps.


> 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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