I have just purchased a SuperMicro X10SBA, where i intend to use the onboard Marvell 88SE923 SATA controller for RAID1. Unfortunately SuperMicro has written that RAID is only compatible on Windows platform.

How do i determine that it is possible to run in linux, and how do you choose the right distribution that could make it less painful to get up running?

  • I'd like to buy the same board. Does RAID1 work with Debian 8 today? Thanks – Germar May 21 '17 at 17:00
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    I got RAID running, its some time ago so i do not know the exact procedure. – JavaCake May 24 '17 at 18:27

From what I can see, the Marvel; 88se9230 is supported in newer kernels (since 2013 and kernel 3.2 at least). See this bug report and these messages to the linux-ide mailing list.

Based on the above, it should be supported by most recent distributions.


Looks like there was a patch for this. See this site: Marvel Patch

  • That looks like good news to me, but will it mean i have to do anything special on my clean install of Ubuntu or Debian? – JavaCake Jul 27 '15 at 16:25
  • You'd have to diff the kernel to verify whether the patch exists. – lmind Jul 27 '15 at 16:26
  • So there is stil a risk that the implementation is missing even though that i use the latest version Linux Kernel? – JavaCake Jul 27 '15 at 16:30
  • Right. Or, you can just try one version higher than the one mentioned in the patch and see whether the device is recognized. – lmind Jul 28 '15 at 17:52

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