Hard drive choice

Net Llama! netllama
Wed Mar 7 13:12:48 PST 2007

On Wed, 7 Mar 2007, Tony Alfrey wrote:
> Net Llama! wrote:
>>> That's great!  What SATA controller did you use?
>> Tim & I both have motherboards with NVIDIA's SATA controller.  His is
>> MCP55 mine is NForce4.
>> Looks like you got stuck with VIA.  My condolences.
> That's OK, the price was right.  ;-)

You say that now.  There's a reason why VIA is cheaper.

> I can get a Silicon Image 3112 or similar flavor, which I see appears to
> be happy with 2.4.x kernels.  Maybe someone on the list will be using a
> plug-in controller.
> Now I am used to SCSI drives with the big wide cable where you can plug
> in a gazillion drives in parallel as long as you have the right cable
> but it looks like these SATA controllers are one drive per port and most
> controllers have two ports.  But I have lots of PCI slots on this MB so
> can I get more controllers for more drives?  Don't laugh if it's a
> stupid question; how am I supposed to know, eh?

Yes, you could purchase additional PCI SATA controllers to attach more 
drives.  I'm puzzled as to why your mobo only has two SATA connectors. 
Every board I've seen in the past few years usually has 4 or more.  I've 
even seen a few with 16(!).

Lonni J Friedman                        netllama at linux-sxs.org
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