ARECA Owner's Thread (SAS/SATA RAID Cards)

Blue Fox

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That's a bit high for an 1882i. There's one on eBay for $149 and they're taking offers. I would not get a 1680ix at this point. They're ancient. The 1882 series is still getting firmware updates, which is quite something (last one for the 1680 was in 2012).
 

Gethin

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that 1882i has gone. Doh.
hey does anyone know if you can attach drives with data, and whether they will be passed through to OS without being initialized/wiped?
 

bekax5

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Does anyone with a 1880i can confirm if fan speed is reported ??
I can't find that info...

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Also, I am using a Chenbro expander, but no hardware info is reported.
Do I need a special I2C cable, or that info should be reported through the sff8087 ?
 

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My 1880i running firmware 1.52 does not report fan speed. My 1882i on firmware 1.55 shows fan speed for both the card and SAS expanders. Your Chenbro expander might not report anything back as my 1880i does at least show temperatures from my Supermicro expanders.
 

bekax5

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My 1880i running firmware 1.52 does not report fan speed. My 1882i on firmware 1.55 shows fan speed for both the card and SAS expanders. Your Chenbro expander might not report anything back as my 1880i does at least show temperatures from my Supermicro expanders.
Running 1.52 too.
So I guess there's no way to monitor this kind of information.
The other day I found the fan broke in the Chenbro. It was really hot and this scared me.

In two weeks I'll update to the latest 2019 firmware, but first I'm fixing a Degraded RaidSet.
I suppose I only need to remove the bad drive and install a new one ? No need to fiddle in the controller ?
 
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bekax5

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Seems easy. Alright, perfect. Will do it in two days when new unit arrives.

I will contact areca and chenbro though, to understand why it won't show through SES2..
Regarding the hardware information, I saw there is I2C protocol in both areca and chenbro expander, could this be a potential method that allows the information to appear in the hardware monitor?
 

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I've got a 1223 8i on my desktop machine. Bought an adaptec 5805 for my backup computer. Just wanted it really to connect jbod. The problem I've got is that the adaptec doesn't seem to do passthrough. So any drives with existing data will get zilched in the process of adding them.

I'm thinking of getting another areca card. Partly because I believe that they passthrough drives if they're not part of raid (so the OS will see them). And partly because if I have a hardware failure I have a compatible raid board I can swap in a hurry.

Bearing in mind that 10-12 tb disks might be affordable in the next few years, what is the oldest board I should consider? (speed is not important for the backup machine). I found a 1882i x8 for about $200US, which sounds a bit too good to be true. Otherwise its 1680 x12's that are generally available for the same price.

(or should I just save my money and get a cheap LSI card?)
Wait for the world to get back to work. RAID card and computer parts in general have gone up big time since COVID-19. I bought a 2080 ti used for cheap in November 2019 and sold it in 2020 after cyberpunk was delayed for a nice profit.


That's a bit high for an 1882i. There's one on eBay for $149 and they're taking offers. I would not get a 1680ix at this point. They're ancient. The 1882 series is still getting firmware updates, which is quite something (last one for the 1680 was in 2012).
Al prices for tech are up and current gen stuff has seen the largest increases.
 

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Al prices for tech are up and current gen stuff has seen the largest increases.
No, not really. That is not the case for server hardware. Those cards are very old now anyway. The newer one, the 1882i, was released 9 years ago. The 1680 line is over 12 years old.
 

LBJM

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No, not really. That is not the case for server hardware. Those cards are very old now anyway. The newer one, the 1882i, was released 9 years ago. The 1680 line is over 12 years old.
I was not talking about cards older than the 1882 series. The 16xx series cards and junk in terms of features when you compare them to the 1882 series. The 1882 series cards were going for $300 or less on ebay before January 2020 and the 1883 cards were about $200--$400 if you leave out the 1883IX-24. Now sellers have boost the 1883 series cards to prices that match newegg where the careds come with cables. One last thing I should point out the 1884 series cards have been for a while and they still cost $999, you can get one for $899 if you look hard enough.
 

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There are still multiple 1882 cards for $250 on eBay. I bought an 1883ix-24 for $225 three days ago as well, so one can definitely find better prices with some patience. As for the 1884 series, I don't think they sold well and are quite rare, not to mention very similar to the 1883 series.

I think very few people are looking at Areca these days because you can get higher performing LSI/Broadcom cards for less. Main thing they have going for them is the OOB management.
 

bluttmer

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Hi all,

I am wondering if I can get some help, I just got the ARC-1880ix-12 and I am trying to update the bios/firmware, etc. As far as I can tell I downloaded the correct files from https://www.areca.com.tw/

Here is what I downloaded.
ARC-1880_1213_1223.zip
ARC1880BIOS.BIN
ARC1880BOOT.BIN
ARC1880FIRM.BIN
ARC1880MBR0.BIN

I logged into the web interface and upgraded the firmware, all worked except the bios file.

is there a trick to updating the bios?

* edit - never mind, I found out you have to reboot the card after firmware update and then you can do the bios.

Now on to checking the card and settings.


Thank you for any help.
Bill
 
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LBJM

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Hi all,

I am wondering if I can get some help, I just got the ARC-1880ix-12 and I am trying to update the bios/firmware, etc. As far as I can tell I downloaded the correct files from https://www.areca.com.tw/

Here is what I downloaded.
ARC-1880_1213_1223.zip
ARC1880BIOS.BIN
ARC1880BOOT.BIN
ARC1880FIRM.BIN
ARC1880MBR0.BIN

I logged into the web interface and upgraded the firmware, all worked except the bios file.

is there a trick to updating the bios?

* edit - never mind, I found out you have to reboot the card after firmware update and then you can do the bios.

Now on to checking the card and settings.


Thank you for any help.
Bill

When flashing an areca card I do all the other files first and save the firmware for last and then reboot. FYI your should downloads the manual for your card and reading the flasking directions OR reading the firmware update process PDF

https://www.areca.com.tw/support/docs/FirmwareUpdateProcess.pdf
 
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