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Old 03-12-2004, 12:59 AM   #1
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3ware 7506-4lp

I have a 7506-4lp with 2 ea of Maxtor 6Y060L0 (2), and Maxtor 6Y060L2 (2). They are all identical drives, the L2 are simply Retail versions and the L0 are OEM. They are both ata/133. I'm using the card in a PCI 2.2, 32bit / 66mhz slot(Asus a7n8x Rev2 mobo).

when i execute the configuration utility for the 3ware controller, i always get a screen that has available drives and incomplete drives. under incomplete drives "Port 0" is always listed regardless of drive attached. when i try to delete array, and create new array, it displays output semi-normally (port 0, does not list drive information properly) and allows me to create, but when i press F8 to save, it posts a message, "3ware bios not installed" and the array is unaccessible for OS installation (dos/winNT based OS's don't see array at all, and linux based OS's see 3 drives instead of 4 drive array).

i have tried fdisk /mbr on all drives and deleted all partitions on all drives, but always get the same problem. hmmm....

only thing i haven't tried is a maxtor utility on every drive... oh ya, and i updated firmware on the 3ware controller. same symptoms...

any suggestions would rock.


ps the 7506 is a 64bit pci card, but it's specs define it as 32bit compatible.
Old 03-13-2004, 10:16 PM   #2
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got it working. one of the drives had some unknown problem. after attempting fdisk /mbr etc to solve the problem, i wrote all 0's to the drive and used a maxtor prog to rewrite mbr. after that the 3ware controller warmed up to it nicely (this post is using the new linux installation on the pristine raid 5 configuration).
Old 11-17-2004, 02:50 PM   #3
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How is this ATA controller working out for you? I'm considering it for a RAID 5 mail server rollout w/ SuSE linux 9.1 or 9.2 as the OS. Speed's decent?
Old 11-18-2004, 11:34 PM   #4
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i'm running it raid 5 and love it. i used "fake" raid controllers previously (used cpu and some generic ata-controller to run it), and was dissappointed with performance and upkeep (you have to upgrade firmware to support software with the fakies.. very time consuming). i was initially afraid i'd take quite a performance hit with Raid 5, but it writes consistently faster than any of my non-raid 133's without the performnce decline across the platters.

i should also say since installation, i rarely think about it! i'm really impressed with performance, wish the rest of the system were not a bottle-neck.

i'm running it on a prommie cooled AMD 1800+ (running @ 2.5ghz), yes that is rather old school, but linux and a prommie lets me get so much more life out of hardware, a $100.00 cpu is still working fine.

the controller is 64bit pci compatible, so i'm sure it would just SCREAM if i had a mobo with 64bit pci. as it is, it has worked flawlessly once i got a non-functional harddrive back in order (needed a low-level format for some odd reason....didn't think we still had to do that these days, lol)...

my next raid will definitely be a 3ware!

hope this post was of help..its rather late here ;-)


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