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PROMISE FastTrak SX4060 PCI IDE 4-Channel Adapter

  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x ATA 133 Internal Connectors
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Learn more about the Promise Tech. FastTrak SX4060

Model

Brand
PROMISE
Model
FastTrak SX4060

Specifications

Type
IDE
Internal Connectors
4 x ATA 133
Interface
PCI
Cache Memory
64MB ECC controller cache memory
RAID
RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows: Windows 2000/XP/2003, Linux: Red Hat 8.0/9.0 and SuSE Linux

Features

Features
Four-channel ATA RAID controller with support for up to four Ultra ATA/133 hard drives
32-Bit/66MHz PCI 2.2 interface
Online array expansion and RAID level migration to add capacity on the fly
Supports hot swap of failed drives with SuperSwap 1000
Automatic/manual rebuild of hot spare drive
PerfectRAID technology for robust error handling and recovery of fatal, media and disk errors
Variable stripe block size support enables optimization for diverse application requirements
Seamless upgrade to Promise’s external storage solutions

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  • Christopher R.
  • 11/6/2009 2:30:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWindows 7 and Vista NOT SUPPORTED!@@

Pros: Has worked great for years - loved this card as I used Windows XP - bought it a VERY long time ago, and it as worked flawlessly...So card itself is great - assuming you are working in Windows 7.

Cons: Forgot to check drivers before I upgraded to Windows 7 (my fault).

Windows 7 is NOT supported. Called Promise and they said, "nope - we are never going to develop a driver for that for windows 7 OR Vista".

Other Thoughts: Promise has lost a customer. "All about your data" my backside...

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  • Rudolf H.
  • 8/29/2009 12:25:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsbe careful 4 channels does not mean 8 hard drives

Pros: An awsome card if you want to get into the raid area at a good price

Cons: Bad if you want to run 8 independent hard drives it's missleading because it only runs 4 (as independent hard drives)

Other Thoughts: If this does not work for you look at the Rocket 454 or 464 on this page

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/7/2009 7:06:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsGreat on Windows, Useless for Linux

Pros: I've had this product since 2004, running it as RAID5 ( 160GB X 4). It's been very reliable (I am using Windows 2000 Advanced Server). On a 1Ghz Pentium III, CPU usage is generally 5%. Heavy loading drives it up to 15-20%. In comparison, a Windows software RAID5 uses 25% of the CPU at minimum. Remote administration software (PAM) was included. PAM can send you an email if a problem is detected. PAM was a little confusing to set up, but easy to use. I recommend this product for a home/small business RAID5 server. If you need hardware based RAID5, be prepared to spend $250 for a controller.
I've only had two problems in four years.:
1) It had a conflict with an Adaptec 29160N SCSI controller with an old BIOS that prevented the system from booting. Updating the 29160N BIOS fixed it.
2) Once, it lost the stored RAID5 configuration data (house power outage ?). Promise tech support told me how to recreate it, without re-initializing the drives. None of my data was lost or damaged.

Cons: 7 page manual, very little tech info on website, useless knowledge base. Is not a true hardware RAID card (no on-board processor, only a hardware XOR accelerator for RAID5, works well enough)
If you want to use this card on Linux, forget it (unless you are still using Red Hat 9 or SUSE 9). Promise "promised" kernel 2.6 support when I bought this product in 2004. They have _not_ updated the Linux drivers for over four years since the 2004 initial release. I did get the software running on Red Hat 9. It's right out of the Dark Ages, even for a command line guy. I do notice that they support kernel 2.6 for their other products. You think in four years they could do some more drive testing and Linux driver development for this product? I won't buy Promise (or motherboards with Promise controllers) in the future for my Linux systems, and since I am not building any more Windows only systems ... well ... you get the idea.
Bought a non-Promise hardware raid card for Linux use last week

Other Thoughts: 1TB array max, should support 320GB x 4 in RAID5 (960 GB capacity) but Promise only tested up to 250 GB drives.
TIP: If you have a conflict with another controller, use the motherboard BIOS setup to dedicate an interrupt to each controller. Gives better performance too.

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  • Steven S.
  • 10/9/2008 7:00:24 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Fine For PATA Drives

Pros: Using it in a RAID 0 2-drive configuration to use up some IDE drives I had. Replaced the 64MB DIMM with a 256MB DIMM. Seems fast and trouble free under XP Pro as a controller. Gets along with my 3Ware controller.

Cons: PAM software leaves a little to be desired, but there may be a newer version to download or you can do what you need to in BIOS.

Other Thoughts: I have it in a 32-bit 33MHz slot. I don't know if moving it into a PCI-X slot and giving it 66MHz would increase the performance meaningfully or not, although it should help. That being said, I doubt many people are going to be using boards with PCI-X slots, let alone one that has a 32-bit 66MHz slot which it is technically capable of taking advantage of according to the Promise website.

Not really a fault of the product but a 32-bit 33MHz bus is only going to have so much bandwidth to go around, so if you have a lot of other cards you may notice a performance hit. I did on the first system I installed it in. In the second system it was the only card on the PCI bus and performance went way up.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/7/2008 8:18:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Works fine with 32 bit XP...

Cons: No driver support for XP 64

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  • Caleb B.
  • 6/27/2008 5:24:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks great

Pros: Easy to configure. Solid as a rock.
I lost a drive and was able to hot swap it out with no issues.
It ran on 3 drives ( raid 5 ) for a week until the replacement drive arrived.
The ability to increase the RAM on the board is very nice.

Cons: Its a PITA to find PC100 RAM =/

Other Thoughts: I am getting a second one of these so I can expand another 4 drives.

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  • Alonzo V.
  • 6/19/2008 9:38:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsfast

Pros: very fast data access

Cons: price

Other Thoughts: none

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  • Jon P.
  • 4/16/2008 5:14:54 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot for 750GB Drives

Pros: It seems to do what it is supposed to and the management console is nice. Card is smaller than some others so fits in the case well.

Cons: Bought this to work a 4x750 Raid5 and it doesn't. Only bought it after reading Zeppelin's review, but even under Windows 2003 I cannot get it to work with that configuration. Not sure what he did, but don't expect this card to work in this configuration. Does seem to work with 3x750 with a hot spare, but so did our last card.

Not really any support out there for this. Almost nothing on the Promise site for it, and nothing on other sites that I could find, so you're on your own with this one.

Other Thoughts: Not sure if this one will go back. No better than the Adaptec card we were using. Then again, not sure it is worth the $100 to take it out and reconfigure everything at this point.

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/11/2008 9:34:28 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent TB Solution

Pros: Despite other opinions of those with "High" tech levels, I was able to create a 750GB x4 Raid 5 utilizing Microsoft Windows 2003 (non Service Pack CD). The performance with the stock 64 MB SDRAM DIMM Memory Card was well above what I had previously achieved with a RAID 1 Mirror config. I then found a 256 MB SDRAM DIMM Memory Card "laying around" in an anti-static bag mixed with old parts, ran the memory test all PASS, and the performance now has increased even more. This is an awesome card, and you can take my honest word for it. Sure, you can spend hundreds, but why would you go and do that?!

Cons: Negative feedback. I almost denied the package, since after I ordered it, I read a lot of user opinions that claimed this card only did up to 250MB. Hats off to the small population of techs that knew what they were talking about. I'm glad I took your word over the others. Also, finding the memory test software was a little difficult - but it still took me only 5 minutes thanks to Google.

Other Thoughts: Thanks to NewEgg for their excellent return policy. If it weren't for them, I would have refused the card, and thus never had this awesome config!

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/26/2008 9:07:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very easy to install. I don't think installation could have gotten any more simple. Plugged it in, BIOS picked it up. Windows started, pointed Hardware wizard to the 3.5" floppy and drivers installed no problems. Took no more than 10-15 minutes to do the entire install from disconnecting the tower and opening the case to reassembly, power up and software install. I even took a few moments to blow out some accumulated dust.

Cons: Bought this card to install 2x 500GB IDE drives in my home server using a RAID0 setup. Unfortunately, like someone else already mentioned. The card does not support drives over 250GB in any array setup except for JBOD. I didn't do enough research before ordering the card to find this out. The info on Newegg does not mention this anywhere. I found it in the "small print" on the Promise website. I kept the card anyway since I was in dire need to get that terabyte installed.

Other Thoughts: I gave it 4 stars because it does was it is supposed to even though it doesn't do what I want it to do. I really should be mentioned somewhere that it only supports drives 250GB and smaller.

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