Areca ARC-1203-2i (PCIe 2.0 to SATA RAID Adapter)

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The Areca ARC-1203-2I is a PCIe 2.0 to SATA RAID Adapter;

  • 2 Internal Ports
  • 2 Discrete SATA latch connectors
  • 1-Lane PCI Express® 2.0
  • Up to 2 x SATA HDDs/SSD Support
  • RAID level 0, 1 and Single Disk

ARC-1203 series internal PCIe 2.0 host RAID controllers are the cost-effective solutions for connecting 2/4/8 6Gb/s SATA peripherial devices. Areca’s ARC-1203 series entry-level RAID controllers cover the spectrum of wild range storage requirements for cost-sensitive applications that require robust data protection. The 2/4/8 port configurations are aimed at high-availability and capacity oriented applications, such as security systems, surveillance, multimedia content generation, large-volume data capturing, mail servers and entry-level database systems.


  • Supports up to (8) 6Gb/s SATA or SSD drives
  • Support up to 512MB DDR3-1066 cache
  • Support read/write cache allocation by policy
  • Support optional battery backup module (BBM)
  • Self-encrypting drive management
  • SGPIO enclosure management
  • Redundant flash image for adapter availability
  • Support RAID 1 - Multi Mirroring and Mirrored Pass-Through Disk
  • Broad operating support including Windows, Linux (open source),FreeBSD (open source), Soaris (open source), Mac and VMware

RAID Features:

  • Multiple RAID selection (RAID level 0, 1 and Single Disk)
  • Configurable stripe size up to 1MB
  • Support HDD firmware update
  • Online array roaming
  • Online RAID level/stripe size migration
  • Online capacity expansion and RAID level migration simultaneously
  • Online volume set growth
  • SED (self-encrypting drives) function support
  • Multiple pairs SSD/HDD disk clone function
  • SSD automatic monitor clone (AMC) support
  • Instant availability and background initialization
  • Support global and dedicated hot spare
  • Automatic drive insertion/removal detection and rebuilding
  • Support for native 4K and 512 byte sector SAS and SATA devices
  • Support intelligent power management to save energy and extend service life
  • Support NTP protocol synchronize RAID controller clock over the on board Ethernet port