3ware 5000/6000/7000/8000 series PATA/SATA RAID
twe* at pci?
driver provides support for AMCC's
3ware 5000/6000/7000/8000 series PATA/SATA RAID adapters. These adapters were
formerly known as ``3ware Escalade''.
These controllers support 2, 4, 8, or 12 ATA disk drives and provide RAID 0,
RAID 1, RAID 5, RAID 10, and JBOD configurations. All the RAID set volume
management is done via the card's BIOS.
Even though the card uses ATA drives, this driver makes drives and/or RAID sets
appear as sd(4)
driver supports the following AMCC
3ware PATA/SATA RAID adapters:
5000 series, 6000 series, 7000-2, 7006-2, 7500-4LP, 7500-8, 7500-12, 7506-4LP,
7506-8, 7506-12, 8006-2LP, 8500-4LP, 8500-8, 8500-12, 8506-4LP, 8506-8,
8506-8MI, 8506-12, and 8506-12MI.
driver first appeared in
driver was written by
inspired by the FreeBSD
The card's BIOS seems to conflict with some other disk controllers which have
their own BIOS, if such devices are configured earlier than this one. To avoid
this situation, place
cards in the
lowest numbered slot before other SCSI or RAID disk controllers.
The current 3ware firmware is known to fail if a redundant configuration is
selected (RAID1 or RAID10) and the array is heavily used (e.g. installation)
before the controller has finished initializing the array. In this case,
create the array, boot the installation media, and leave the array idle until
all controller activity has ceased.
None of the volume management or monitoring functions provided by the card's
firmware are supported due to the fact that information on these functions is