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#1 fusi0n

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 17:03

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

http://www.ebay.com/...=item53f086428b

And the one on Amazon,
http://www.amazon.co...r/dp/B002C0Y5X4

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


#2 Emil Valsson

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 17:14

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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Posted 24 November 2012 - 17:19

what is the difference in that 3ware and this one?
http://www.ebay.com/...=item2577d4b23b

#4 farmeunit

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 17:25

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.

#5 Mindovermaster

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 17:28

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.

#6 Fahim S.

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Posted 24 November 2012 - 20:59

Are any of these cards on the VMWare compatibility list?


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Posted 25 November 2012 - 14:35

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

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 22:37

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

#9 SirEvan

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Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:52

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