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I would love to get my LSI controller working the way I want it to (Bootable RAID) with my Hack.
Would the EFI upgrade that LSI offers on their website work with our Hacks, since our Hacks use a software
EFI to emulate hardware EFI?

I'd try this, but I'm affraid I'd mess up my controller...

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gramarye, any news on that guide?

*** Also, do you think the ATTO EXPRESSSAS R348 (RAID version) will work with Hacks?

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Any news on this? I have a Precision 690 with the LSI 1068. I currently have kalyway 10.5.2 booting fro a PATA drive, but I'd like to at least be able to see the other drive attached to the SATA controller.

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need more information about lsi 1068 support under hackintosh, mostly for RAID0 RAID1 support
It is very powerfull solution.

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anyone using the "Supermicro Add-on Card AOC-USAS-L8i" card? seem to support raid but has anyone successfully used it to setup hardware raid for mac. its only $130 average and seems to support 8 devices. am interested in installing sata 300 drives and have them setup as raid. anyone with knowhow please advise!!!

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What a controller PCI-E X1!!! SAS/SATA will work on MacOS from box????

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I have tried the method fot getting the 3ware cards to work and I get a Kernel Panic every time with 5 different releases of OSX86. My Card (9500S) is even in the KEXT Info.plist but it still gives me kernel panic and I have no idea why. I noticed all the other cards work decent but after tring to find the best deals on them I realized none of them offer RAID 5 support. I found some decent prices on the LSI 8888ELP with RAID 5 and 6 support but no info on weather it is supported by OS X. Does anyone have any idea if it is or not?

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Today I installed my Areca ARC-1220 8 Port SATA2 controller. I worked out of box with iDeneb v1.1 10.5.4 including JaS 10.5.4 Server files.
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Will update later to tell if it is bootable.

UPDATE:

It does show up in the install process as an installable disk!!

Also some Xbenches on the Array:

8x500GB

Results 572.32
System Info
Xbench Version 1.3
System Version 10.5.4 (9E17)
Physical RAM 2048 MB
Model MacPro3,1
Drive Type Areca ARC-1220-VOL#00
Disk Test 572.32
Sequential 350.86
Uncached Write 319.45 196.14 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 919.29 520.14 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 156.25 45.73 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 1278.30 642.46 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Random 1551.72
Uncached Write 653.45 69.18 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Write 1691.65 541.56 MB/sec [256K blocks]
Uncached Read 6152.44 43.60 MB/sec [4K blocks]
Uncached Read 3403.91 631.62 MB/sec [256K blocks]


:)

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Has anyone any idea how to get 10.5.4 to recognize my LSI 3442E when it's set up as a RAID controller?
This is very frustrating. I'm able to get SATA drives that are attached to it to be recognized when the controller
is set up as JBOD, but when I enable RAID on the controller, Leo doesn't see them, although the card still shows
up under System Profiler.

PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEASE HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELP :rolleyes:

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Has anyone come up with a way to use the LSI 1068e (PCIe) as a bootable drive. Mine is not even seen in the OS.

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Has anyone come up with a way to use the LSI 1068e (PCIe) as a bootable drive. Mine is not even seen in the OS.

1) Have you tired adding the bootloader to that particular drive you want to set as primary?


2) Did you make sure your BIOS detects your LSI 1068e? IF so, you should be able to set that particular drive as the drive to boot off of, once you set that drive with the bootloader. The drive won't display the OS until you made sure there is a bootloader, not just the OS, they both come hand in hand, you'll need it.

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I have a LSI 1068e (PCIe) card with 4 300 GB 15k SAS drives, My System BIOS will let me boot and install Server 2008x64 or Vistax64. I have it set to my first bootable drive in the bios, and have copied a boot loader to it with EasyBCD telling it my osx 86 is on the 3 partition but the OSX installer doesn't see it I have a RAID built by the SAS BIOS or if they are 4 separate drives in pass-thru. For now I have a retail install running 10.5.5 on a 150 GB Raptor. Its just a pain to swap the boot drive in the bios when I want to change to the other os. BTW the OSX side installed to the onboard SATA never sees the LSI SAS drives. Anyone have any luck booting or even seeing their LSI card in OSX86?

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I have the same problem with the LSI 1068E based 3442E-R. OS X will not see the RAID setup of this card. If you set the drives as JBOD, then they will be seen.

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Mine shows up as "03:08.0 SCSI storage controller [0100]: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic SAS1068 PCI-X Fusion-MPT SAS [1000:0054] (rev 01)" but is not seen at all by the OS X Install.

Would I have to edit a kext with my hardware ID to get it to show, and then maybe manually load that before the install?

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Hi,

I'm also looking to buy a sas controller for my Hack.

So far, I have come down to 3 choices (from cheapest to most expensive):
- HP part number 347786B21, apprently it's LSI 1068 based (Raid 0 & 1)
- Highpoint 2640x4 (Raid 0 & 1 & 5...)
- Atto Xpress 308 (Raid 0 & 1 & 5...)

I'm 99% sure all of them would boot fine in NON raid mode.
But has anyone of you been able to have Leopard bootable in raid mode?

HP can be found in europe (belgium) around 120
Highpoint around 150
Atto around 320

If none is rais bootable, I think the best choice out of 3 would e the Highpoint.

What do you think?

Thanx

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Didn't reply to your PM because i guess you sent 2 that made my box full, just rather discuss here anywho.



Great Job on your findings, just to let you know, that Highpoint controller does not support SAS Hard Drives, though it may use mini-SAS implementation for multiple SATA Hard Drives. (For example, 4 SATA > 1 Mini SAS Adapter, SATA just does not have that capability...) Whatever purpose is, you never mentioned what you plan on using these controllers for.



My 308 is simply a Host Bus Adapater, not a RAID adapter, though I can use the Hardware RAID on my motherboard or software RAID via Disk Utility, in Leopard (which works).

The RAID version of this is R380, which will cost a little more, but has more Hardware RAID capabilities, regardless, you have to make sure within your OS X, you have your Controller card detected, you'll need to add scripts to the install via terminal.



I can't help you much with the LSI 1068, again, you'll need to implement LSI's fusion scripts, I'm not sure if this has yet been succesful, guess you can try :)



Though you provided 3 options of Controllers, I can't quite help you decide since I don't know what you're trying to do, other than deciding on 3 Controllers. Provide more details, like what you plan on using them for, whats your setup you're trying to configure? Types of Hard Drives? SAS or SATA, etc...Booting? or just Backup.



Good Luck

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gramarye,

According to Highpoint, the 2640x4 is both a SAS & SATA controller:

http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA/rr2640x4.htm

I'm considering getting this one for use with 4 73GB Fujitsu 15k SAS drives
I bought recently if I can't get my LSI controller to boot in RAID mode.

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I scrapped my LSI card for a Areca ARC-1222 PCIe x8 SAS RAID. My 4x 74GB 15k RAID 0 seen by OS X as a single disk!

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I scrapped my LSI card for a Areca ARC-1222 PCIe x8 SAS RAID. My 4x 74GB 15k RAID 0 seen by OS X as a single disk!


Thanks for the info - it's an expensive card. Do you have performance numbers?

PS: did you have to do any voodoo hacking or did the ARC-1222 automatically find the HDDs in RAID mode? So the ARC-1222 is bootable on a hack?

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For the Highpoint, unless it's new, I won't look into details, than there are SAS controllers out in the market now. Highpoint was explicitly SATA-only just a few months ago, glad they finally developed some Enterprise products.

For the Areca, I believe their SAS controllers are bootable, since they have EFI compatabilities. I can recall only Areca and the Apple Pro RAID card were the only mentioned bootable OS X Leopard cards.

Regarding the rest of the Controllers mentioned, remember, having OSx86 has an advantage of having the BIOS before the Emulation starts. If your card can be detected in the BIOS, and your computer can boot off of the RAID configuration, for all I know, OSx86 should be able to boot off the drive, with of course, the implementation of the respected card's script lines, can be managed via terminal. Since you need the bootloader in your booting drive anyway, that bootloader should work on any drive, even RAIDed drives as long as its deteced in BIOS and OS X can read it.





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