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Areca controllers
Date: July 15th, 2008 by SiD3WiNDR
Categories: Geek, Hardware

If you’re a system administrator and haven’t heard from Areca RAID controllers, you’ve probably been living under a rock somewhere. Throw out your 3wares, throw out your Adaptecs (if you’re happy with software RAID, keep it), insert Areca for instant fun. 🙂

I’ve been using them for quite a while now and I’m quite happy, mostly in RAID6 configurations, with great performance.

Some things can do with some improvement though…

– Web interface looks a bit dated, but hey, it works

– Expansion of volume set through the CLI didn’t work on my box. Areca says update the BIOS, but it’s at the latest, Areca says update your Linux driver, but hm. Maybe later 😉

– More on expansion: I expanded a volume set, and the status changed to "Initializing(15%)". INITIALIZING. Sounds terribly wrong and datalossy for an online expansion… luckily it was indeed expanding it, as it works fine now 😉 But still. It got very hot all of a sudden…

Luckily it all works grreat now, so as long as they keep this up they’ll always have my Euro’s 😉


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2 Responses to “Areca controllers”

  1. MFlores Says:

    Hi,

    How did it ended up that initializing expanding a volume?

    I did the same and it doesn’t end… now it is in initializing and 0.0% all of the time.

    Regards,

  2. SiD3WiNDR Says:

    Hmm, it worked fine, as I said in the post. Only it sounded very scary to have it say “initializing” instead of “expanding”, but it went fine (just took a while I think). If you have a problem, try contacting areca support via email, they’re pretty quick and friendly, hopefully also helpful…

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