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I bought a old poweredge server for home use to mess around with. I need a SATA Card to add SATA Hard Drives. This is for a file server only running FreeNAS. I have found a card on Amazon that I like and found a used one on Ebay that looks like it used to be an Enterprise level card but older.. I am using this box for a ESX Data Store

[url="http://www.ebay.com/itm/3Ware-AMCC-PCI-X-SATA-II-Raid-Controller-Cables-9550SX-8LP-/360517616267?pt=US_Computer_Disk_Controllers_RAID_Cards&hash=item53f086428b"]http://www.ebay.com/...=item53f086428b[/url]

And the one on Amazon,
[url="http://www.amazon.com/Syba-SATA-PCI-X-Ports-Controller/dp/B002C0Y5X4"]http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B002C0Y5X4[/url]

I'm not sure which one I should go with..

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Out of these 2 I would recommend the 3ware. I have 2 3ware myself, 9650SE-4i and 9750-4i) and they have worked great for me.

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what is the difference in that 3ware and this one?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/3Ware-9550SX-12SI-AMCC-12Ports-3-0Gb-s-SATA-II-PCI-X-RAID-Controller-/160924217915?pt=US_Server_Disk_Controllers_RAID_Cards&hash=item2577d4b23b

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You can get a PERC card for about the same amount if you look around. Probably not a big deal either way. I'm not expert on RAID cards, but we've had good luck with PE servers with PERC cards.

3Ware is a good brand, though.

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I have that exact same Syba controller card. I never had any problems.

First 3ware has 6 ports, Syba has 4, second 3ware has 12 ports. About the only difference.

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Are any of these cards on the VMWare compatibility list?

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I don't think so.. However I am using it with FreeNAS then using iScsi to connect to the host

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I've had best results with Intel RAID cards both from a performance and compatibility standpoint.

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why not get a DELL Perc 6/I?

I bought mine for 17$ on ebay. you can easily find a perc 6, or if you need >2TB support, a H700 for under 300$ or so

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