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HighPoint RocketRAID 1720 PCI SATA II (3.0Gb/s) RAID Controller Card

  • RAID 0/1 JBOD
  • 2 x SATA II Internal Connectors
  • Up to 3Gb/s
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Supporting up to 2 SATA II or I hard drives, the Highpoint RocketRAID 1720 PCI controller card is perfect for entry-level storage servers. Supporting RAID 0, 1, and JBOD the RocketRAID 1720 can not only backup data but can also extend the storage capacity of a system significantly.

The RocketRAID 1720 offers RAID 1 for data protection and ensures that the operating system is always up and available in the event of a disk failure. For gamers and PC enthusiasts, it offers RAID 0 for performance. READ / WRITE activities will greatly increase ensuring enjoyable game play with today's feature rich and system intensive gaming software.

  • newegg SATA 3.0 Gb/s Compliant The HighPoint RocketRAID 1720 features hot-pluggable point-to-point SATA ports to provide SATA 3.0 Gb/s data transfer rates for optimum performance, efficiency, convenience and flexibility.
  • newegg RAID Support The HighPoint RocketRAID 1720 supports hardware-based and operating-system-independent RAID 0 and RAID 1 for exceptional performance without requiring special drivers.

Learn more about the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 1720

Model

Brand
HighPoint
Model
RocketRAID 1720

Specifications

Type
SATA II (3.0Gb/s)
Internal Connectors
2 x SATA II
Interface
PCI
Transfer Rate
Up to 3Gb/s
RAID
RAID 0/1 JBOD
Operating Systems Supported
Windows (XP, 2000, Server 2003, Vista), Linux, Mac OS X and FreeBSD

Features

Features
Backward compatible to RocketRAID 1640 RAID arrays
Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Online Capacity Expansion (OCE) and Online RAID Level Migration (ORLM)
Staggered drive spin up
Hard Disk (Activity / Failed) LED chassis function
BIOS Booting (INT13) to RAID array
Quick and Background initialization for instant RAID access
Hot swap and hot spare
Online array roaming
Automatic detect drive to rebuild degraded RAID
S.M.A.R.T array monitoring for hard drive status and reliability
64bit LBA for RAID arrays up to 2TB single partition
Web browser-base software (Web GUI)
Command Line Interface (CLI)
SMTP email notification for events and error reporting
Remote array management through (Web GUI, RAID GUI and CLI)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the HighPoint Technologies, Inc. RocketRAID 1720

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  • Jim K.
  • 4/2/2013 7:22:23 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks with Windows 7 64bit

Pros: Despite what other reviews say, this card does work with Windows 7 64bit. Got the correct drivers from HighPoint's website as well as ver. 1.1 BIOS. Building a RAID 1 array was easy from the BIOS console and windows picked it up right away. Loaded my data back on to the array from my offline backup disk and away she went. Great little hardware-based RAID card.

Cons: none so far.

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  • Roy Z.
  • 4/10/2011 9:04:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsNo SMART data pass-through

Pros: 1. 107.0/92.1 MB/s burst/average transfer over 2 TB range, 4% CPU

2. Runs in 66MHz as well as 33MHz slot

3. HDD drive activity LED headers, plus disk fail LED headers, beeper audio alert

4. 64-bit LBA for 2 TB single partitions

Cons: 1. No SMART data pass-through available for smartmontools, HD Tune

2. Device managment console reports only SMART index values, not raw data, no data range monitoring

3. Transfer rates capped by PCI, not 3 Gbps

4. Can't copy data from managment console panes to clipboard for documentation purposes -- screenshots only

Other Thoughts: Inexcusably, this device passes no SMART data to Windows that can be used by SMART monitoring software like smartmontools or HD Tune. Does not even pass model and serial number, so useless as just a PCI host bus adapter onto which you can attach SATA drives to an older motherboard. Flexibility but complexity of a web-style managent console interface. Did not test RAID.

-- Roy Zider

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  • Stephen C.
  • 2/19/2010 10:21:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesn't Work with Windows 7 64 Bit

Pros: None at the moment.

Cons: Installation of the card was straightforward. But when I tried to mirror the golden drive to an external drive, the first step in setting up RAID 1, the copy failed with three different backup software packages. I then brought in a more knowledgable IT friend and he had no luck either. As he put it, "We're waiting for the technology to improve." Whatever.

Other Thoughts: Make sure sure the RAID card you buy really is compatible with your OS.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/18/2009 3:14:33 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsOK Product

Pros: 8 Port SATAII RAID
Excellent Price Point
Easy to setup

Cons: PCI Bottleneck
It wasn't free

Other Thoughts: I used this card to rebuild and add RAID 5 to an older server. The PCI bottleneck was unavoidable because of the age of the mobo.

I would recommend this card only if you have no other slots on your mobo to run a RAID controller on, but beware that PCI will hold you back a bit

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  • Michael S.
  • 3/27/2009 10:45:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDoesnt work

Pros: none

Cons: I went through all of the note in this section. I tried everything and I could not get it to work on an DEll Optiplex 755. Wasted 6 hours of time.

Other Thoughts: Going on past experience, the RR454 for IDE Raid was the easiest and most trouble free raid product I ahve enver used. Go figure.

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  • Sylvie B.
  • 2/18/2009 3:29:55 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggshassle to install on linux

Pros: will manage SATA drives compatible for RHEL installation. My drives were installed on a Xforce nVidia motherboard that was software-simulating RAID. This card allowed to have full RAID with SATA disks

Cons: Linux driver is delivered as a bootable formatted 1.44MB floppy .img file. To install, you will need a floppy drive in server. Since my server only included a bootable cdrom drive (who uses floppies anymore?) I have to fork extra money for a linux-compatible floppy drives and install in a very tight server box. I wished Highpoint would supply Linux drivers on a bootable CD image .iso instead.

I also encountered an issue with the HBA controller card BIOS in my server that has a SATA cdrom drive. The issue did not occur in the other server with an older EIDE cdrom.

Other Thoughts: Tried contacting support at HighPoint through email. No replies. Tried calling HighPoint support; no one answers the phone. Tried leaving message at Highpoint; no call back.
Make sure the card works and if not don't hesitate to return. If I don't hear from Highpoint in 2 days I'll have to return the cards to Newegg.com which would be sad considering it is difficult to find linux-compatible good RAID card.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/17/2009 3:02:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNice RAID1 Card

Pros: Works well. Has all of the features like email notification and a web client that you would expect

Cons: Drivers not loaded by default in 2003 in setup which means dusting off the old floppy drive. What a friggen pain

Other Thoughts: Windows Home Server SP1 OEM has an error on the disc which makes it hard to load the drivers for the RAID card. YOU MUST use an old style floppy drive (not USB) as the GUI installer reboots the computer and a script misplaces the path of the drivers.

A floppy works like a champ. If I had started with that instead of trying USB, and then BartPE to edit path of the drivers, and then . . . . . .

I would have been a lot happier. Just an FYI

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/7/2009 10:14:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggssimplicity

Pros: - intuitive BIOS
- simple setup

Cons: ?

Other Thoughts: RAID array built in under 10 minutes, no problems with drivers on a Dell Vostro. Simple, elegant RAID solution. Rebuilds failed arrays easily.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/3/2009 5:13:08 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsSATA card

Pros: Didn't get to use it so can't say.

Cons: Didn't get to use so can't say.

Other Thoughts: Linux support is provided only if you have a floppy drive and only for Suse, Fedora and RHEL. An Opensource driver is available on Highpoint's web site, but requires a manual kernel module build and install, which I could not get to work on my Debian box. Sad to say my 2 new SATA devices are useless...

Didn't know how to rate the purchase so gave it "half" since in all fairness it probably works fine, just not for me.

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  • Raymond H.
  • 12/20/2008 10:46:43 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsMy HighPoint raid controller

Pros: This is the first HighPoint raid controller I have used. Set it up in a Raid 1. I have always ued Promise Raid cards before. Believe me HighPoint is so much easier to setup and configure that I am staying with HighPoint from now on. Use it on Windows Server 2003. Tryed a tech net version of Windows Server 2008 but it did not find the drives. Perhaps just needs different drivers and I have not looked for them yet. Content with 2003 version yet anyway

Cons: Wish they had a safe way to convert Promise Raid 1 controled drives to HighPoint Raid 1

Other Thoughts: I am done with Promise after using one of the HighPoint Raid drive controllers. At least for new installs.

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