LSI 9240-8i SAS RAID for BootCamp only

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Spacedust, Dec 17, 2010.

  1. Spacedust, Dec 17, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010

    Spacedust macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009
    Will it be bootable for BootCamp ? Anyone using that card ?

    I need to connect 4 SSD drives to work with my Mac Pro for Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit.
  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Not bootable from testing done in the MP's (any RAID card).

    It would however be useable via driver support. But you'd need to boot off of a separate disk attached to the system's SATA ports (ICH). You can't even make an array off of the ICH to boot Windows (also been tried with no success).
  3. Spacedust, Dec 18, 2010
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2010

    Spacedust thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009
    What about Areca ?
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    No, nor ATTO. :eek: :(

    The only way to make it work, is boot from a single disk off of the ICH, and run the array via drivers.

    In theory, you could use 1x card for OS X, and another for Windows/Linux, but that's expensive (done so that one card runs EFI, the other BIOS).

    But a card has been tried using BIOS (all you need to test the BIOS boot potential), and it didn't work (2009 MP + Areca). The issue seems to lie with the BIOS emulation portion of the firmware (not seen as a bootable device). And flashing it with EFI hasn't worked for a Windows boot either (Areca card).

    At least, no one's gotten this to work on an Intel based MP to date AFAIK (but there's limits to what's been tested in terms of system and card). :(

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