Pros: I have been using mine with Western Digital and Seagate 1TB to 2TB hard drives for about four years without issue.
Cons: Updating the BIOS can be challenging on an older card as in must be done from DOS. I would assume a new card to come with the latest BIOS revision. I tried installing a Seagate 3TB hard drive but the system only recognized 764.26 GB; however this may not be the Adaptec cards fault. A work around for this on Intel system exists, but I have not found one for an AMD system. Forums post suggest this may not be an issue with a newer (2011+) mainboards.
Other Thoughts: I am thinking about trading up to Adaptec RAID 51245.
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Pros: SAS or SATA devices can connect to the same controller.
Cons: 4-lane PCIe required. do not attempt in a 1 lane slot that has a 4 lane connector.
Other Thoughts: 4 eggs, because nothing can be a perfect 5.
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“I have been using mine with Western Digital and Seagate 1TB to 2TB hard drives for about four years without issue.”— 6/16/2012
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