[Centos] Promise raid cards

Ajay Sharma ssharma at revsharecorp.com
Thu Nov 4 16:58:12 UTC 2004

dan1 wrote:

> I would like to know if promise RAID cards are compatible with CentOS / 
> RHEL ?
> I have seen that only SATA is supported on the RHEL hardware 
> compatibility list. The other ATA raid cards seems not to be compatible. 
> They give source code and promise grants compatibility with RedHat 8 and 
> 9 but not RHEL.
> I would like to know if somebody tried a ATA raid card like Fasttrack 
> TX2000, SX4000, Fasttrack 100 TX2, etc..
> If you could share me your experience it would be great.
> My provider says that he had some bad experiences about that cards and 
> he doesn't allow me to use CentOS on his promise cards he provides 
> (only), so I cannot have RAID on my server... it's a shame..

I haven't checked recently, but the last time I played with any promise 
controller it was a train wreck.  I then picked up a 3ware ATA RAID card 
and never looked back.  It's well supported as the drivers are in the 
main kernel tree since 2.4.  So you install your drives, setup the ATA 
raid array in the 3ware bios and when you boot up it's detected as a 
SCSI device.  It's the easiest solution out there, so IMO, it's well 
worth the extra money.


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