Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 2820SA
The Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 2820SA card is an eight-port controller that supports SATA or SATA II disk drives. It features the Adaptec AIC-8210 SATA RAID-on-Chip (ROC) ASIC and Adaptec RAID Code (ARC) with standard RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, and 50, as well as optional RAID 1E, 5EE, 6, and 60. It is one of the new products which have available optional snapshot and copy back (static hot spare) capabilities.
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Fedora Core

Fedora Core 5
Fedora Core 6

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Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64
Microsoft Windows Vista
Microsoft Windows Vista x64
Microsoft Windows XP
Microsoft Windows XP x64

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Red Hat Linux

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
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SuSE Linux 9
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Supported Operating Systems
Microsoft Windows
Red Hat Linux
SUSE Linux
Novell Netware
SCO UnixWare, OpenServer

For a detailed list see ASK Answer ID 14205
  High-performance storage connectivity and data protection for servers and workstations
Customer Needs
  Ideal for supporting server and workgroup applications where high levels of sustained read and write operations are required, such as video streaming, web content, video-on-demand, security and surveillance, fixed content, and reference data storage.
System Environment
  Departmental and workgroup servers and workstations

Max. physical disk drive size: 1TB

Key RAID Features
Hot spares, RAID Level Migration, Online Capacity Expansion, Optimized Disk Utilization, S.M.A.R.T and SNMP support as well as the features from the Adaptec Advanced Data Protection Suite including:
  • Striped Mirror (RAID 1E)
  • Hot Space (RAID 5EE)
  • Dual Drive Failure Protection (RAID 6, 60)
  • Copyback Hot Spare

Bus System Interface Type

PCI-X 64-bit/133 MHz host interface (3.3v only)
Internal Connectors
8 locking SATA connectors
Data Transfer Rate
Up to 3 Gb/s per port
System Requirements
Intel or AMD architecture with available 64-bit 3.3v PCI-X slot
Supports EM64T and AMD64 architectures
Package Contents
  • Adaptec Serial ATA II RAID 2820SA card
  • Eight 1-meter Serial ATA cables
  • Standard full size bracket
        - Low-profile bracket also included
  • Quick Install Guide
  • RAID Installation CD (bootable) including drivers and documentation
  • Adaptec Storage Manager™ Installation CD including management software and documentation
3 years

Standard RAID levels

RAID 0, 1, 5, 10, 50, and JBOD

Optional RAID Features

Snapshot Backup

Board Dimensions

3.1in H x 6.6in L
7.87cm H x 16.76cm L

Operating Temperature

0 to 55 degrees C

Regulatory Certification

FCC, UL, C-tick, CE, VCC