HELP? Internal SATA controller that boots for Early 2009 MP w/ SL

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MacACK, Nov 28, 2009.

  1. MacACK macrumors newbie

    MacACK

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    I picked up one of the DX4 adapters from Maxupgrades - and it holds my 4 SSDs beautifully. Now I am looking for a host adapter that I can connect all 4 to create a Strip and boot off of.

    I am currently using a Sonnet E4i but it doesnt support booting...

    My Christmas wish: an internal SATA host adapter that allows booting and works with snow leopard. Does anyone have any recommendations to help this come true?

    Thanks
    MA
     
  2. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    I returned your PM about the ARC-1210. Its a recommendation.
     
  3. MacACK thread starter macrumors newbie

    MacACK

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    Thank you for getting back to me! In your private message you mentioned the boot time for the EFI took longer than SW Raid - is it painfully slower? Or just in the range of 20-30 seconds more?

    Is the system able to goto sleep with this card?

    One last question, I dont see any mention of SL support on the Areca website - but was able to find some SL support drives on their FTP site - possibly beta.. Was there any difficulties with drivers or getting this installed?

    Thank you!
    MA
     
  4. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    It is in that range. It is actually different in OS X and Windows. OS X takes a long time to log out while Windows takes more time to boot.


    I havn't noticed any problems there but I don't sleep my Mac Pro much. I do a lot of satellite recording with EyeTV and keep the machine running most of the time. What hurts me a lot is the Quicktime bug that makes my machine run a lot hotter than it needs to be and use much more energy than I would like.


    They actually differentiate between K64 and K32 if I remember right. The SL K32 drivers are identical to Leopard. I havn't checked Windows lately when I switched K32 to K64.

    I agree that the download page of Areca is crap. I usually use the German distributer's page www.Starline.de
     
  5. MacACK thread starter macrumors newbie

    MacACK

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    Thank you for your help!

    Installed the 1210 today - and it works perfectly. I expected the install to be more complicated/troublesome than it actually was because of the shabby state of their website and the relative lack of installation directions geared towards Mac users....

    But it was as simple as can be... Installed card and connect drives... Installed Drivers... Flashed with Mac EFI... done.

    I have it connected to 4 OCZ Vertex 250 SSDs Raid 0 using the MaxUpgrades DX4 chasis. Real slick combination - and performance is amazing. I am using the SSD Raid as my boot drive and for all applications.

    No issues with Snow Leopard 10.6.2 using latest drivers and bios.


    MA
     
  6. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    Congrats to you and enjoy your slick Mac. It is certainly a fast and green solution.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhqExgv0vx8

    This is a youtube film on the DX4 kit for the MP4,1 which also has the best PCIe bay power solution I have seen so far.

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  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    No. It's an issue with any true hardware RAID controller. The reason is simple. The OS has control of the sleep function, but not the drives. That aspect is now under the control of the card, and it CANNOT be powered down by the OS (sleep kills power to the card, as it doesn't have access to power saving controls/features).

    To save on power, the card has a feature called MAID (specifically, the ARC-1210 supports this). It allows the card to spin down drives that haven't been used for a period of time you set.
     
  8. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    That's a really nice solution for adding another 4TB or a fast SSD array.

    Thanks to the great video (and of course thanks to gugucom for posting it) I finally got the idea of how to remove the PCI fan.
     
  9. gugucom macrumors 68020

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    I would buy the PCIe bay power cable anytime. It is a much better solution than routing power back from the ODD bay. BTW, the cable which they say in the video to feeds power to the logic board actually takes the power from the logic board to the ODD bay. The monolithic power connector for the PSU-> logic board sits under the bulk head that separates the ODD bay and the PCIe bay.
     

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