I am building a storage server with the following components:
- U-NAS NSC-800 Server Chassis
- ADATA Premier Pro SP600 ASP600S3-32GM-C 2.5" 32 GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
- ASUS C8HM70-I/HDMI Intel Celeron BGA1023 Intel HM70 Mini ITX Motherboard/CPU/VGA Combo
- Athena Power AP-U1ATX50 20+4Pin 500 W Single 1U EPS Server Power Supply - OEM
- HighPoint RocketRAID 2680 8-Channel PCI-Express x4 SAS 3 Gbit/s RAID Controller
That's all good. I built the server, installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32-bit on the 32 GB SSD, turned it on, ran some updates, and everything seems to work normally. Then I tried to add hard drives to the server. I don't want to set up a RAID array per se, for now I just need to connect all of the drives separately so that I can see them separately either in
/dev/ or the disk utility. I don't want any pools or backups, or anything like that, just the individual drives themselves. I believe I've seen people on different forums referring to this as "using your RAID card as a SATA controller". The problem is that I went to http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/rr2600_download.htm where there are only drivers for Ubuntu 11.04 (that was the start of the problem) and looked at the installation guide.
I was hoping, in vain, that there would be no issue between Ubuntu 11.04 drivers and Ubuntu 12.04 drivers, but this was not the case. I went through the instructions in the guide, but it did not work because when I added the drives in the pre-BIOS RAID menu they did not appear to be recognized by Ubuntu. On top of this, I do not entirely understand how to just add drives to the card so that it sees them as individual drives since the pre-BIOS menu is pretty unclear.
Where do I get the Ubuntu 12.04 driver (I don't really want to go to Ubuntu 11.04, but I can if I absolutely have to), and how do I properly add the drives in such a way as to not create a RAID, but just treat them as regular drives?
I saw the post RocketRaid 26xx Driver which seems to be about something similar but for a different RAID card model.