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HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

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  • RAID 0/1/5/10 JBOD
  • 4 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • Serial ATA/300 External Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s

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Supporting up to 4 SATA II and SATA I hard drives, the Highpoint RocketRAID 1740 PCI Express controller card is perfect for entry-level storage servers. Supporting RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and JBOD the RocketRAID 1740 can not only backup data but can also extend the storage capacity of a system significantly.

Featuring a PCI-Express x4 compatibility, it's perfect for either a small business environment or server, or just as an additional home add-in. Providing S.M.A.R.T drive monitoring for status and reliability, hot swap and hot spare drive storage, Native Command Queuing support, and web based RAID software, the 1740 is perfect for small to medium size businesses.

Another essential feature in IT environments is the ability for the RocketRAID card to automatically rebuild the RAID array if a drive fails. Last but not least, the 1740 supports a variety of operating systems including the following: Windows (XP, 2000, Server 2003), Windows x64bit, Linux and FreeBSD.

  • newegg Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s with RAID The revolutionary Serial ATA 3.0 Gb/s interface provides scalable performance for storage devices. SATA technology enables easy-to-install, high-performance and low-power hard drives. Four SATA ports support RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0+1 and JBOD for better performance and reliability.
  • newegg 2 Brackets The HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 includes 2 brackets to support low-profile and regular PCI slots.

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Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 1740

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  • John B.
  • 12/21/2012 10:09:15 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRocketRaid 1740

Pros: Bought from Newegg in 2008. The price was right. Still works fine after four years.

Cons: This controller can be used with Linux but you will see each drive separately so I would avoid Linux. And remember folks, you cannot re-purpose HDs that have been used with a 1740. I even tried reformatting using Linux.

Other Thoughts: It would be nice if Highpoint would include a utility to revert a drive back to a single drive.

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4 out of 5 eggsHighPoint RocketRaid 1740

Pros: A cost effective way to get a raid 5 solution.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: I have one of these in a 24/7 production 4u enclosure.
bought this in 1/08 with 3-ST3500320a 500 gb drives.
Setup raid 5 for a total of 1tb, has been running since.
had 1 drive fail 6/12 replaced with ST3500418a.
had to init the drive with the GUI management tool.
Then the rebuild could start @9 hrs+.
no complaints other than slow rebuild, but for the price?

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  • Claire M.
  • 8/26/2011 12:16:35 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDo not buy

Pros: It provides RAID 1 and did provide data redundancy after I lost a drive.

Cons: Very poor performance, I/O uses very high CPU usage.

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  • keith m.
  • 3/1/2011 6:52:12 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUpdate to my last post

Pros: none

Cons: see below

Other Thoughts: Heard back from Highpoint tech support. They tell me that once the drives are used in a raid with the 1740 card, they cannot be repurposed and used as single drives. No where in the documentation have I seen that stated. Talk about a rude awakening. With this new information, I'd have a hard time rating this item even one star.
I'd recommend spending a little more money to purchase a better known brand of raid card.

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  • keith m.
  • 2/27/2011 4:20:43 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt's a passable "raid" controller .. but

Pros: It's a pretty good for what it's advertised to do. I had it running for over a year and saw no real issues. It's good if you don't have to change anything but ...

Cons: because it's 'fake raid' it wouldn't work in an installation that needed real hardware raid. For that I ended up buying an adaptec raid card and also some larger capacity drives.
I wanted to repurpose the drives I originally used but couldn't. Apparently the 1740 driver rewrites the drive parameters for the drives used with it and they brcome unusable with anything but the 'raid' card. For example, I had 4 500GB drives in a raid 5 configuration with the card. When I tried to repurpose the drives, if they were recognized by the O/S, they showed up as 2TB drives. No partitioning software that I've found thus far will fix the issue. I emailed Highpoint tech support but have yet to get anything but an automated response. I'm not holding my breath for that.

Other Thoughts: I'd have reservations buying this card if there was a possibility of repurposing the drives in the future.

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  • Lonnie W.
  • 12/20/2010 4:46:06 AM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice RAID card.

Pros: This PCI RAID card is nice, I have 5 of them, and they never gave me any problems until I upgraded them to the latest BIOS. The Web GUI is nice, it gives me all of the stats including drive temperature via SMART, and gives me control over rebuilding arrays and monitors the state of the array. I gave this card 4 eggs because I've had them for so long without any issues with the cards themselves. I even boot to a RAID 1 array on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Cons: Well, there are 2 cons:

1: The latest BIOS. Yes, it's 3 years old (2007), but when I upgraded the cards to v2.0, dual controller machines would either not boot or would not show mulitple cards. I thought that I had bricked one, but I found out that the mobo just couldn't see the other card. I ended up flashing all of the cards BACK to the v1.01 BIOS, and my problems were solved. I'm thankful that the flash utility allowed me to backup the old BIOS before flashing with the new one! Also, you can reduce the secs the card's BIOS screen shows when booting and make sure that you disable INT13 (if not using the card to boot) and disable Reallocate EDBA when you flash. With the load.exe utility, use the /C option to configure the BIOS.

2. Tech Support. I went back and forth with them only twice during the course of about 2 days, and after that.. no response. I finally figured it out on my own after 5 days of flashing, testing, and swapping the cards in all kinds of configuration

Other Thoughts: They need another update to the BIOS to fix the drive > 2TB issue and not hog so much memory in the motherboard BIOS during the boot process.

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  • Cris S.
  • 11/28/2010 9:46:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNot too bad

Pros: Installation on WIN7 ultimate went fine. Firmware updates went fine. WIN7 driver installation went fine. No problems whatsoever when installed on an intel mobo with D510 CPU and 4GB RAM and 4x 1.5tB seagate ST31500541AS drives in RAID 5 and RAID 0 configurations.

Cons: Poor documentation, very sparse on information. Throughput was fine for home storage server, but not for performing backups accross GbE home network. Too slow for me, but faster than Sabrent fakeraid cards (way faster).

Other Thoughts: I bought this card for a RAID storage solution for my low power, Intel Atom D510 home media server and mail server and FTP server and storage server. With exception of throughput for network backups, the card worked perfectly. It did take a week to initialize the array, but I was still able to use the array while it was being initialized. The home server operated at 10 to 50 watts depending on loading which is what my goal was. Unfortunately, 25 to 35MB/S writes and 50MB/S reads, wasn't usable for large network backups (for me). Multiuser disk I/O seemed to overload the card too. I ended up buying a RocketRAID 4320 and implemented a 6 drive RAID5 array on an MSI mobo with an e6500 CPU. Now everything works the way I like at the sacrifice of >triple the power consumption (165w). My network throughput is now 65 to 80MB/s in either direction.

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1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't like MoBo RAID

Pros: Relatively cheap.

Cons: (1) Does not work with MB based RAID enabled on Asus A8V Dlx (or P5E-VMDO tried earlier). It hijacked the computer BIOS and disabled my boot array on the onboard Promise controller. (2) Computer would not boot at all with drives connected to the 1740, nor did the Promise array even appear in BIOS. (3) Highpoint support will no longer let you speak to a live human, and their support signup procedure is ditzy--kept getting error messages and no confirmation of user ID or password, no way to log on. (4) 3 calls to Highpoint later I finally got an email back, saying problem's not the fault of either controller, the MB can't support both because it can't allocate enough memory to both devices. They suggested flashing the card BIOS to disable boot INT13 and Reallocate EBDA. Did that, still wouldn't boot. So I yanked the card and connected the new drives to the MB SATA RAID ports and everything worked fine. Now what to do with this 1740....

Other Thoughts: There's nothing worse than flaky RAID. It's not like I'm the only one with similar problems on this card. It appears to be a resource hog, as more or less admitted by Highpoint. When I first got it I put it in a different computer and had similar problems. Pulled it out and it sat for over a year, then tried it in the A8V machine and it was a replay. I would strongly recommend spending more money and getting a REAL hardware RAID card from 3Ware, LSI or Adaptec. They are WELL worth the difference. My 3Ware in another machine Rocks!

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  • Joshua L.
  • 9/2/2010 7:48:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood for the price

Pros: Cheap, cheap, cheap. I've had to deal with $800+ RAID controllers as both a civilian and a military tech and the interface for this card is no less intuitive than those of the professional cards.

Cons: The onboard BIOS for the card does not play nice with a motherboard configured RAID. Whenever I had a RAID built with the card Windows would not load. Make sure to turn off the RAID controller's BIOS if you have a motherboard RAID, too.

It also would have been nice if they told you how to assign a drive letter to the RAIDs created by this controller in Windows as they did specify how to mount the drive when using *nix systems.

Other Thoughts: Windows Vista and 7 users need to make sure to get all the updates from the HighPoint website and to make sure they assign a drive letter via Device Manager (it's under one of the "Administrator Tools" in Control Panel)

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  • Kimberly L.
  • 8/19/2010 7:54:14 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsOutdated linux drivers, fakeraid, source won't compile

Pros: * It's PCI which will let it run in outdated systems, if you are willing to settle for outdated Linux distros, or an exciting adventure of installing your distro on a standalone drive, tracking down bugs in the source code, compiling the kernel modules, installing the modules then moving the installation over to the array.

* It will keep you busy on days that you could otherwise be spending on boring billable work

* It is FakeRAID, which will make the Linux install process more challenging

Cons: * It is FakeRAID not hardware RAID.

* Linux support is advertised but the available binaries will not work with current distro installers

* Source for kernel modules will not compile with several distros unless removing some exception handling. eeep!

* Highpoint's "solution" is really poopy, and is a non-solution I already ruled out.

* Highpoint could VERY easily compile new binaries (and fix their flippin' source code while they're at it) for this current product, but they're too lazy to.

Other Thoughts: Avoid Highpoint RocketRAID controllers unless you absolutely, positively MUST have a PCI RAID card. I chose to repurpose an older server and regret purchasing this card.

I contacted Highpoint support regarding drivers. Their solution: Install to a standalone drive, compile and install kernel, then copy the installation over. Gee, thanks, I didn't already think of that and rule it out because it's a colossal waste of my time. Thanks guys. Would it flipping kill you to recompile the drivers for current distros since this FakeRAID controller is still advertised as a current product and is still widely available in the channel? What the heck, Highpoint?

Skip this FakeRAID controller. Throw away your old PCI motherboard and replace it with a PCI-E motherboard and LSI/3Ware _HARDWARE_ RAID card (available here on Newegg), which will be plug & play in Linux. You will save lots of time, and time=money.

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