Install which driver for Areca ARC-1220 & Linux Mint ?

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Install which driver for Areca ARC-1220 & Linux Mint ?

Post by Arius » Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:29 pm

I have looked for a RAID solution to mirror two drives in Linux Mint and finally found that it does have a driver for the Areca ARC-1220 RAID controller.
This has been confirmed by building a RAID 1 mirror and installing Linux Mint v18.3 on it.
But I have also seen some references recommending to re-install the Areca driver after the initial Linux Mint install.

#1: When I look at the Areca website list of drivers at http://www.areca.us/support/s_linux/linux.htm for the ARC-1220 I don't see Linux Mint referenced.
There are Ubuntu and Debian kits but I have no idea which to install in Linux Mint v18.3.

#2: I am a beginner with Linux so any guidance on driver kit installation will be appreciated.

#3: I did see a message from Areca support recommending checking the driver in Linux. How can I get info on the driver that Linux Mint is using with the Areca ARC-1220 RAID controller?

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Re: Install which driver for Areca ARC-1220 & Linux Mint ?

Post by catweazel » Tue Feb 20, 2018 12:44 am

Arius wrote:
Mon Feb 19, 2018 9:29 pm
#1: When I look at the Areca website list of drivers at http://www.areca.us/support/s_linux/linux.htm for the ARC-1220 I don't see Linux Mint referenced.
There are Ubuntu and Debian kits but I have no idea which to install in Linux Mint v18.3.
ending checking the driver in Linux. How can I get info on the driver that Linux Mint is using with the Areca ARC-1220 RAID controller?
For Mint 18.3 you need the Ubuntu 16.04 version of the driver: 1.40.0X.05

I'd like to ask why you believe you need to reinstall the driver. If the system is working then there's no point.
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Re: Install which driver for Areca ARC-1220 & Linux Mint ?

Post by Arius » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:19 pm

I have an email response from Areca support recommending update of the driver to the current version after initial Linux installation.

Also I had a reference (can't find right now) that said that the driver in the Linux kernel was missing all features (maybe just earlier version).

Is there a way to see which Areca driver is running with the Areca controller?

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Re: Install which driver for Areca ARC-1220 & Linux Mint ?

Post by Pjotr » Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:21 pm

Arius wrote:
Tue Feb 20, 2018 2:19 pm
I have an email response from Areca support recommending update of the driver to the current version after initial Linux installation.
Don't trust Areca support to give the right advice on this. If it isn't broken now, don't try to "fix" it.
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