I am experimenting with a Highpoint RocketRAID 2740 SAS/SATA controller card. This is my "first time ever" experience with this type of hardware, so please bear with any noobiness (read: stupidity) that is prominently displayed in this post
Using this card, I am aiming to set up an array of SATA HDDs (up to 16). For the sake of simplicity, I wish to not use this card's RAID options or capabilities. I want it just to add SATA drives into the server tower so that it can be seen by the server's operating system, Windows 7 Professional, x64.
This card has 4 x SFF-8087 mini-SAS internal connectors. Using the appropriate breakout cable, I was able to test all those ports to make sure that they each can detect 4 SATA HDDs. This verification was done in the card's BIOS mode. At this point, I have not installed any of the card's drivers or control software for Windows.
Whenever I introduce new hardware into a system, I always go to the manufacturer's website for the latest drivers and software rather than using whatever is bundled on CD-R.
This is where I need guidance.
I googled my card's model number, and came up with the following link:http://www.highpoint-tech.cn/China_new/rr276x-274x_download_U.htm
As can be seen, the manufacturer offers two sets of firmwares and two sets of drivers for my card (the RocketRAID 2740). One is for NON-RAID, and the other is presumably for RAID, though it is not explicitly stated as such.
What I hope to do is to connect all my drives to this card, boot into Windows, install all firmware/drivers/software, and then be able to see "just a bunch of drives" (JBOD).
Given my desire for non-RAID... should I install the non-RAID items from the manufacturer to accomplish this goal, or should I go with the standard RAID items and set up my array as JBOD?
General discussion on the matter would be great. Even better would be feedback from other Highpoint users who have set up non-RAID drive arrays in their servers using RocketRAID SAS/SATA controller products
Thanks again to this helpful forum community.