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I am having a hard time getting a SATA drive to work. It's a Maxtor 300 GB internal HD installed in a Vantec NexStar 3 external SATA/USB drive enclosure. It has both USB and SATA ports. Everything works fine with the USB connection, it's just SATA that's not working. When I connect with USB and do "fdisk -l" it shows the drive and I can mount it. But when I try to use SATA, nothing shows up.
The drive is formatted with one ext3 partition.
Here's my setup:
CentOS 4.4 (a clone of RedHat Enterprise)
Rosewill SATA PCI card, model RC-205, using a Silicon Image Sil 3512 SATA controller
The system hardware browser utility lists these SATA controllers:
Hardware browser > system devices lists Silicon Image “Sil 3512”
Hardware browser > IDE controllers lists “82801EB (ICH5) SATA controller”
Thanks for considering the problem. I've been using RedHat for years and I've become accustomed to hardware Just Working. When I bought the SATA drive it never occurred to me that maybe Linux isn't ready for it yet.
I did some research and found this site. Dug around some more and decided to try ordering this Addonics host controller that uses the Silicon Image 3124 chip.
I currently have the Sil 3112 chip set on a pcmcia card. I've had some problems using it in certain PCMCIA card slots so I am looking for a different card that might work better in a variety of laptops. I see that Sil 3124 is listed a lot of places as well as Sil 3512. I also see Sil 3215 but I am pretty sure thats a typo and not a real chip set for pcmcia SATA cards. Anyone have an opinion about any of the chip sets that they would like to recommend. I looked for some comparisons on Silicon's website but didn't find much help there.
p.s. the incompatibility seems to be an issue in Windows too. I think it is just trying to take over some addressing that is meant for the "high quality" on board video that laptops are known for having.