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post #1 of 19 Old 07-10-2012, 11:14 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey all,

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 smile.gif

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 smile.gif

Thanks again to this helpful forum community.

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Finding the driver for my Highpoint RocketRAID 620 was a pain. For some reason it was a realtec driver with the link posted in a review on newegg's site.

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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.
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Sorry but I only see one set of driver for 2740, e.g. Windows7:
v1.1.12.424
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Finding the driver for my Highpoint RocketRAID 620 was a pain. For some reason it was a realtec driver with the link posted in a review on newegg's site.
Highpoint 620 is supported by Windows7 natively, no external driver file needed.
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The RocketRAID 620 works in my system but it reports a driver error so IDK if I'm getting full speed out of it and haven't cared until now because I'm going to use it with the SATA III SSD I just got as that will be more fruitfull than the Hitachi psuedo SATA III HDD's connected to it now.

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Sorry but I only see one set of driver for 2740, e.g. Windows7:
v1.1.12.424

I checked again, and just saw this:

Driver Download
Window
Windows Vista, 2008, 7 (32/64 bit) 1.1.12.424
Windows 2003, XP(32/64 bit) v1.1.12.530

NoN-RAID Window
Windows Vista, 2008, 7 (32/64 bit) v1.0

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Can you give a link to where you found the "non-RAID" driver?
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The RocketRAID 620 works in my system but it reports a driver error so IDK if I'm getting full speed out of it and haven't cared until now because I'm going to use it with the SATA III SSD I just got as that will be more fruitfull than the Hitachi psuedo SATA III HDD's connected to it now.
You may want to update the firmware in the 620. That package will only run on 32bit OS.
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Which package? And where do I find the f/w? I only see drivers here.

EDIT: Maybe I should be looking here.

It really is only the Rocket 620 which I bought in March, 2011.

BTW, when I got this I couldn't find the drivers except from a reviews on newegg's site:

So follow this link to install the Windows 7 driver: http://drivers.windows7download.com/win7-ecs-p55h-ak-v1-0-marvell-91xx-sata-6g-controller-driver-1-0-0-1039/download-ykhje.html

and amazon's site:

System would not detect the proper driver for the controller card no matter which slot it was set on. No driver found on the vendors site (Highpoint) & or the chipset(marvell 9128)manufacturers site that would work on 64 bit or 32 bit Windows systems. Had to get a driver from a competitors site, google realtek R-227 and install it. The controller is now detected on my Winodws 2008R2 server and runs great. Thanks Realtek

How timely this thread is for me being as I'm going to install a SATA 6.0 SSD this weekend.

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Can you give a link to where you found the "non-RAID" driver?

If you are looking for the non-RAID driver version (for Windows OS) for the RocketRAID 2740, here is the direct link from Highpoint:

http://www.highpoint-tech.cn/BIOS_Driver/RR274x_3x/NR/win/RR274x_3x-NR-Vista-Win2008-Win7-v1.0.11.524.zip

The zip file has a "readme.txt" file that identifies this driver package as being specifically non-RAID:
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3. Revision History
====================

v1.0.11.524 05/24/2011
* Add identify disk support.
* Non-RAID version first release. .

If you try it out, please let us know what your experience is. Thanks smile.gif


*Edit*
In addition to the drivers, there is also a non-RAID version of the RocketRAID 2740's "firmware/BIOS" available from Highpoint's website. In case you are inclined to try that as well:

http://www.highpoint-tech.cn/BIOS_Driver/RR274x_3xPM/BIOS/rr2740-bios-v1.0-110120.zip

*New edit*
The BIOS given in the link above does not appear to have support for >2TB hard disks, judging from the accompanying README file. Caveat emptor smile.gif

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Which package? And where do I find the f/w? I only see drivers here.

Here's an alternative link to your card's firmware/BIOS/drivers/control software from Highpoint's global website:

http://www.highpoint-tech.cn/China_new/rr600_downloadc.htm

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I saw that site too. Is there some sort of change log for the f/w update?

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I saw that site too. Is there some sort of change log for the f/w update?

I think you find that information in the README file that is included in the zip package you download. I also notice that the support software that's available at Highpoint's global site is more advanced (judging by revision numbers) than the software available at Highpoint's US-based site. Makes me wonder if I (as a US-based end-user) should stick with the US-site confused.gif

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Vlad,
That "non-RAID" driver is not on the US website. I think the "RAID" driver should work. Just don't set the drives up as RAID. I have 4 drives in my and 3 are used as "strip" and one as spare. So I think if you don't set them up as array, you should see each individual drives. I have the 2300x1, 2310x4 and 2640x4.

I also have the 620 but it is a "Rocket" card and not a "RocketRAID" card.
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I know this card is not supported as I lost the cd and Windows 7 Enterprise does NOT install the drivers. and there is no where to be found.
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Dell or IBM cards flashed are good options for just sata port multiplier (8 ports for $60)

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They don't multiply ports (these are port multiplier). They just add more ports. smile.gif OK, it depends on the definition of multiply.

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I know this card is not supported as I lost the cd and Windows 7 Enterprise does NOT install the drivers. and there is no where to be found.

Did you try any of the links given at the start of this thread? Highpoint Techologies (HPT) still supports the card I inquired about in the first post (RocketRaid 2740), and they updated the driver for that product to include Windows 8 support (which wasn't there, of course, when this thread started back in July of last year).

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