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Windows 7: Some advice for replacing a horrible highpoint raid card

19 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
Some advice for replacing a horrible highpoint raid card

Hi All,

I'm running a Tyan K8WE dual opteron system with Windows 7 64 Bit.
I have a HORRIBLE Highpoint 2340 RAID card installed in a PCIe slot which has caused me headache upon headache in the last couple of years.
Fortunately I have always kept another backup of the RAID system, so when I have had failures (which have been plenty of times) I've always been able to retrieve the data I needed.

I'm looking at replacing the highpoint card that is currently running two RAID5 arrays at 2TB apiece which are running 3 1 TB Hitachi drives in each array.

I have 3 TB total filled on the 2 arrays and I don't forsee filling up the second array for a couple of years (photo raw files) so I'm looking for a card that is actually reliable in keeping my data safe and I'm fine with switching to RAID1 if necessary since I keep an additional backup at all times.

The plethora of options is simply over the top and I'm not seeing a lot of cards that explicitly say that they're Windows7 64bit compatible.

I currently also backup to Backblaze online and I've seen from their descriptions that they use an Addonics card in all of their storage pods, so I was thinking that maybe if they have good luck with those I might also.

I'm totally open to options though, but nothing to do with highpoint because their card sucks and their customer service is even worse.

Thank you for any assistance you may have to offer.



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19 Jul 2010   #2


Hi semillerimages, welcome to Seven Forums.

I myself use raid10 on the onboard controller of my motherboard at the moment
but i've been looking at a seperate raid card as well.
As I understand it the best way to go is to have a complet hardware controlled raid card
that's platform independent (has it's own cpu and onboard memory)
What I read is the best one's are from Areca, 3ware or LSi.
It also depends on what you can afford because good ones are quite expensive.

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