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I currently have a SuperMicro SASLP-MV8 in my system that is giving me some issues. System is an i5 2400, 8gb ram, 64 bit 2008r2, 4 2tb seagates in raid 5. I keep getting intermittent disk errors and eventually get a blue screen about once every other day. I'm troubleshooting with tech support, but bottom line is I'm looking for recomendations on a low cost Sata controller card that will definitely work seamlessly in my setup. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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Is there any particular type of disk errors? Do you know for sure it's the controller and not one or more of the drives with a bad sector? I assume the OS drive is on the controller? I hope you have a backup of your data from this server?

We're probably going to need more information about your setup and what it is typically used for. And what qualifies as "low cost". Is this corporate server or a home server? You said "in my system" so I'm guessing it is at home.
 
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Hard Drive: Serial-ATA II 3GB/s Windows 10 Pro x64 17.3" FHD 16:9 (1920x1080) Battery: Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell) 
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HP ZR24w 24'' Samsung SyncMaster 24" logitech wireless k360 Seventeam ST-850ZAF 850W ATX 
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CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7-3630QM nVidia GeForce GTX 680M 16GB DDR3 1600MHz Dual Channel Memory (2 SODIMMS) Hard Drive: Serial-ATA II 3GB/s 
Hard DriveOSMonitorPower
Hard Drive: Serial-ATA II 3GB/s Windows 10 Pro x64 17.3" FHD 16:9 (1920x1080) Battery: Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell) 
Audio
Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i7 860 Biostar T5 XE Radeon HD 5870 Corsair 16GB  
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveOS
Western Digital hard drive wd1001fals-00e8b0 Maxtor 300GB I don't need no stinking optical drive Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64 
MonitorMonitorKeyboardPower
HP ZR24w 24'' Samsung SyncMaster 24" logitech wireless k360 Seventeam ST-850ZAF 850W ATX 
CaseMouseAudioAudio
Thermaltake V9 Black Edition Logitech G500 Programmable Gaming Mouse FiiO E7 USB DAC and Portable Headphone Amplifier Sennheiser HD555 Professional Headphones 
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post #3 of 5
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Pretty certain it's the card. I have a clean os install and connected my drives directly to the motherboard Sata ports to test. No errors and the Seatools utility on the drives all checked out to be in good shape. The os is on a separate drive that is attached directly to a motherboard sata port. My system is a home server, and yes I do have all my critical data backed up.
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What board is it, and what type of slot is it in? TBH there isn't anything that comes close to the SM cards...

You could go for a Dell SAS 6/iR (or an equivalent LSI or OEM HBA) and use the IT firmware for drive passthrough for your system. Other than those options you're really looking at Silicon Image chipsets, and they don't have high port counts unless you use the port multiplier options, which I would definately recommend you avoid.
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Its a Gigabyte H61M-D2P-B3 board. I've also tried it in an older ECS board and had the same issues. The main error I get is "The driver detected a controller error on \\Device\\Harddisk8\\DR8" but I also occassionally get a "Physical Disk 3 is plugged out" warning as well. These events will appear intermittently until the server eventually blue screens. The card is plugged into "PCI Express x16 slot, running at x4 (PCIEX4)" on the board. I've RMA'd the card with SM so we shall see if a new card resolves the issue. If it doesn't I need to find a card that will work. I also saw the Intel SASUC8I card out there. Not sure if anyone has experience with that card.

http://www.intel.com/products/server...I-overview.htm
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