Promise has been saying "any day now" for more than a year to Linux
drivers for the FasTrak comntroller. Quite frankly I don't think they
have the technical knowledge to make it work. I would love to have a
few server to use with Linux but HD capactiy is keeping it back - and
strictly software RAID just seems to funky yet. I know I could get
artisitic and mount several drive in a tree but i just know I would
have someone that would fill up a drive and others practically empty.
I posed this question before; If you were to use a hard disk on the
original MB's IDE controller - which according to the FasTrak manual
can still be made bootable - to handle the actual Linux partition and
boot, then formatted the FasTrak RAID HD's as FAT32 in DOS would Linux
be able to see it since it is visible to the BIOS? Instinct tells me
no, but I am not sure.
I know this would blow the Linux security and not be as functional as
an EXT2 file system but could be usable as raw storage to take
advantage of the speed, capactiy and redundancy that RAID offers.
Anyone have any ideas on this?
> Has anyone used an IDE-PCI raid controller?
> Specifically the Promise FastTrak66 ATA66 PCI RAID controller? I'm
> interested in running RAID 0 or RAID 0 + 1 but wanted to know if
> would be able to access the harddrives. I'm not sure that the
> is true hardware raid as many ads for it say the word driver (scary?)
> If you are familar with the RAID controllers do they truely make a
> that much faster? Seen claims that disk I/O is nearly double and a
> windows nt pc can boot 7 seconds quicker with ide raid. Anyone tried
> one of the mod-chip modified UltraATA cards? Is it really the same
> a FastTrak66?
> Any and all suggestions/comments appreciated.
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