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Using SA-5304 in non-Compaq PC

 
CA707630
Advisor

Using SA-5304 in non-Compaq PC

While looking for a cheap RAID6 controller for a Gateway P4, Win2K home system, can I use a 5304 without issues?

Since there is a Win2K driver I assume so but can I run ACU (GUI) and ADU?

What about SNMP alerts?
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Chris Rosan
Valued Contributor

Re: Using SA-5304 in non-Compaq PC

Works fine for me. I'm running a SA5302 and a SA6402 in non HP servers (IBM). Not sure about the SNMP alerts. As you can't install the SMH i'm not sure. It's probably overkill for a home machine as they take a while to post and spin the drives up.
CA707630
Advisor

Re: Using SA-5304 in non-Compaq PC

The major SNMP alert needed is for the RAID, of course. Other status checks (like temp) are handled by Gateway's (Intel's) software.

So, are you using ACU/ADU? Are you getting event log entries?
Chris Rosan
Valued Contributor

Re: Using SA-5304 in non-Compaq PC

ACU works. You can install it in the OS, use the smartstart CD or the text ACU on boot.

It's not an important box so i never check the event log. How important can a home machine be?
Chris Rosan
Valued Contributor

Re: Using SA-5304 in non-Compaq PC

ACU works. You can install it in the OS, use the smartstart CD or the text ACU on boot.

It's not an important box so i never check the event log. How important can a home machine be? Do you have an SNMP monitoring system at home?
CA707630
Advisor

Re: Using SA-5304 in non-Compaq PC

To be clear, I work at home and this is my only machine - so it's of utmost importance.

I'm using a DL380 G2 right now and it's in the closet to cut down on noise. Still it gets pretty warm in there and opening the door introduces noise. I went with this setup to use RAID6 with 6x72GB's. Plus the SA5304 is the cheapest RAID6 out there.

Been having STOP errors randomly so I'm thinking switching over to a Gateway P4 3GHz PC and an external RAID box. The Gateway is plenty fast for Win2K and it's dead quiet. The RAID box will go in the closet.

However, without SNMP alerts as to the RAID status how smart is this? Sure, with RAID6 two drives can go down but I at least want to know when that happens!

So,