Posted 05 July 2012 - 07:46 PM
I am putting together a Lion Hackintosh for a friend and we have it booting from the install disk. One of the main the main things left is to get his RAID 5 working. We were planning on buying a hardware RAID controller, but were having trouble selecting the right one.
From looking around, it seems that HighPoint makes a lot of cards that people have used successfully, such as the HPT 620, the 2300 and the 2302 (I think). However, we were looking at the HPT 640, but I couldn't find anyone who had used it successfully. I also couldn't find anyone saying it wouldn't work either.
Does anyone know if the HighPoint 640 RAID controller works for a Hackintosh? If not, can anyone recommend a good, 4 drive, SATA III RAID 5 controller for $100-$150? I also can't figure out why the HighPoint 2300 is more expensive than the HighPoint 640. It seems like a worse card.
Edit: I'm not sure if I should mention this, but this is only going to be a data partition, and not for booting off of. We already have that part set up.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 11:07 PM
Posted 06 July 2012 - 04:30 AM
Posted 06 July 2012 - 01:06 PM
It just seemed silly to buy the SATA II card when it was more expensive. That and the 2 port version, the HighPoint 620 had been reported to work. Also, I guess I was looking at this from a more long term perspective.
are you sure you need sata 3? unless your making a storage RAID out of SSD drives sata 2 would do just as well.
I'm not opposed to buying a different card. If I were to include SATA II cards in the mix, which RAID controller would you recommend?
Is this true even when using hardware RAID? From my experience with hardware RAID, which is limited to Windows and Linux, the array appears as a single disk to the OS. So, changing versions of Mac, or even changing from MAC to Linux to Windows shouldn't even make a difference (assuming the file system you formatted the partition to is available to all the OS's).
It's also a good thing that you're creating your RAID array in lion and haven't had one set up in a snow leopard hackintosh and then upgraded that machine to lion as it will break the RAID array you have set up (Tip courtesy of macbreak weekly podcast episodes 305 & 306)
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