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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2011
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After some frustration getting my ASUS onboard Raid to work with larger HDDs, I ordered this product. Within minutes of the installation of the hardware, I had a Raid 5 set up with 4, 2TB drives. The web-based user interface is fairly straight-forward and has the option to email alerts if hardware issues occur. So far, the system has been up and running for about 4 weeks without incident.

The only minor negative is the web-based user interface. For example, when you are trying to add a recipient for the email alerts, it has a test button (good), but after you test, it erases the contents of the fields so you need to reenter them (bad).

Overall, I am happy with the peformance so far.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2012
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I purchased this to upgrade my non-SATA III system to have 6Gb/s connectivity for my new SSD hard drive. Installation was simple, insert in to an empty PCI-Express 2.0 slot and start the system. The BIOS found it without issue, although others might need to upgrade the BIOS. In the moterboard BIOS I selected this card as the primary boot device. The BIOS for the card makes the system take an extra 15-30 seconds to post before Windows, but for the added speed/throughput, it is worth the additional boot time. Within the BIOS of the card you must first initialize the drives, then create your array, in this instance I used the JBOD (Just a bunch of discs) setup, since it was a single drive array. I did this with only one drive connected, and had no issues for single drive usage.

Port access is easy, two SATA ports on top, two on the back. The ports are 4, 3, 2, 1, in a clockwise pattern from the top of the card to the bottom on the back, so if you connect your first drive to the back bottom SATA slot, it's port 1. Not that it matters, but if you are setting up multiple RAID arrays, this might help keep you drives in line while setting them up in the card's BIOS setup.

The BIOS setup also has the ability to choose the bootable drive array. So if you have multiple RAID setups, you can choose the boot array, then in the BIOS of the motherboard, select the HighPoint card as the main hard drive option.

Even with Windows 7 SP1 (installation disc), you will need to load drivers for the card for the Windows 7 installer to see the card and the available drives. Make sure you have it downloaded before attempting to install Windows. Once the drive was loaded, it found the drive and I could easily install the OS to the SSD hard drive.

I have not tested a RAID configuration on the drive, but I have used other HighPoint RAID controllers, and this setup is similar to those, and once the drive is initialized, and selected for the type of RAID you wish to use, it's quick and easy.

This came with both a tall and short PCI slot cover, so even if your system is a half height card slot, it will work.

It also came with 4 SATA III cables, so no need to purchase any cables if buying this card.

Again, be aware that the BIOS for this card must load, and it will add time to your system booting up, but with the speed jump of the SSD drive, it is still less than not having an SSD drive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2011
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I am relatively new to RAID, but now have enough experience to appreciate the importance of good managaement software supporting a RAID card. I like the flexibility and functionality of the HighPoint software.

The deisgn of the card allows a lot of configuration changes to be made on the fly, without rebooting or losing access to data. Also, you can establish spare drives(s) that are employed immediately upon a cluster failure, dramatically reducing the probability of losing data due to failures during rebuild.

The only design flaw that I regret is that all of the low-end families of HighPoint cards do not support multiple cards on the same motherboard.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 16, 2012
I wanted blazing fast performance for my new gaming system with Win 7 x64 Ultimate. I hooked up my new SSD's along with some WD Velicraptor drives to get the best or both worlds. I really want the fastest speeds at an affordable price. The specs for the card fit my needs, SATA 6Gb/s and PCI-E 2.0 x4 and RAID technology. I setup the SSD in a RAID 0 array and the WD in a separate RAID 0 array. My games start up and load fast and game play is smooth and seamless.

I have built many systems with RAID 0 arrays but this is one of the fastest machines I have ever built. I have a complete backup of my system so I do not worry about data lose in case there is a drive failure. So far everything is running fast and smooth, what more could I have asked for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 17, 2013
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The driver reports the same uniqueID value for all attached drives. This makes most windows disk management, especially storage spaces, either perform unreliably or not work at all. The driver is well over a year old, and the uniqueID requirement has been published far longer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
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I worked for two weeks trying to get this thing to work, but it really was lacking in documentation (online, because what I got was a bare card). I'm using it under openSuSE 12.2 Linux. The problem was that the website was unclear which drivers to use, and the driver they recommended for SuSE was a version off. At last I found that the website wasn't at all clear which drivers to use. I kept getting 640L, because it had the latest version. [...] is the version the you want to use instead. Also, you'll need: [...] which is their web configuration tool.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2013
Before purchasing a HighPoint product, it is important to know that the documentation leaves a lot to be desired and they have horrible (almost non-existent) customer support. You are left to post questions on a message board, which they typically provide very terse, inadequate responses. Thus you are left to go back and forth with them for a long time, often never getting a clear answer to your question.
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on December 17, 2014
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0 Starts 'cause it doesn't work.
But the lowest rating is 1 Star = I hate it ... I've used the 2 port for years without problem, but wanted another data drive. Thought the 4 port version would fill the bill. I suppose it would if it worked .... the card and connected drives are not seen by my PC. Tried a couple different slot - still no go. I "suppose" it could be my 2 year old PC's bios cant detect it ... so I put the 2 year old 2 port card back in and am back in business.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 23, 2011
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I had heard a lot of great things about Highpoint RAID controllers so I gave this one a go.
I haven't regretted my decision one bit. It was simple to set up a RAID 5 array!
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on September 16, 2013
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Been running this card and (4) WD Black 1TB Sata III in raid 5. Works like a champ and never gave me any issues. (Cant say that from the hard drive standpoint) During initial setup 1 of my hard drives was DOA or almost was. After the raid completed 1 hard drive failed and the HighPoint card notified me by an audible alarm (which scared the crap out of me). Logged in through the web portal and found a failed drive. Replaced the drive and the raid card started to rebuild the raid. Awesome card!
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