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Question Silicon Image SiI3114 Raid Support?

I've been searching and haven't seen anything. I recently bought a rack mount system that has a tyan s2882 mobo with a SiI3114 sata-150 raid controller onboard.

Does anyone know if freebsd supports the raid mode on this controller?

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I have a Tyan Transport GX28 with the S2881 motherboard, which sports the same RAID controller. When I was getting FreeBSD running on it, RAID was a no-go. Since then, ataraid(4) has added support for writing SiS metadata. I cannot say anything to the worthwhileness of using it.

On a side note, if that motherboard has Broadcom ethernet onboard, and you experience random lock ups, disable the onboard ethernet via the jumpers. Not using the interface or not loading the drivers are not enough to prevent the lockups (based on my experience).

Caveat: this was all in FreeBSD 6.0, so things (such as SiS metadata support in ataraid) may have changed.
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thanks for the info... i'm ordering two sata drives to put into the system right now. I'm planing to use FreeBSD 7 so once i get the drives i'll see how well things run and give an update.

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Don't bother trying to get the fake RAID in that controller to work. You're better off setting it for SATA (non-RAID) mode and using gmirror(8) or zfs(8). The "RAID" controller in that chipset is barely better than software RAID. There's no hardware RAID engine there.
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