This is partially directed at you and mostly directed at all the SATA Linux questions that have been posted for the passed year. You aren't doing RAID, but this applies as well, since it depends on the chipset driver.
And I was asking for the SATA chipset driver. Not the hard drive. The SATA chipset will be located on your motherboard itself. Please ignore the latter half of this as you were just asking about JBOD.
Please post the motherboard SATA(Silicon Image?) chipset make and model. You may have a way of doing this without too much trouble. You can stop reading here. The rest is for all of the onboard SATA enthusiasts...
/rant mode 1
OK, just a heads up. SATA is an open spec with closed chipsets. If you use SATA drives, use a 3ware card.
The controller chips are for the most part akin to winmodems. Software driven RAID with closed driver specifications. JBOD is still dependent on having drivers for the chipset as well. So it will be just as broke dick.
If you plan on using SATA for the foreseeable future and are looking into doing RAID or just a bunch of disks(JBOD), then please invest in this card.
It comes in ghetto or server flavor, 2, 4, 8, and 12 ports(drives). Price for the 2 port is 100-120.
Why am I making you spend more money? I'm not. You can keep posting about how it doesn't work on every forum on the planet. I don't care.
Why does it work with this card(brand) in particular, and not a 30 cent chipset? Because it is hardware RAID with GPL'd drivers. Which means it will work with any OS, and will work with any linux distribution natively.
You don't need to do anything but plug it in and configure the BIOS or do it through a web page. Linux will see it and it will be fast, so sayeth the Lord. RAID 0 on your boot partition? No problem. It takes literally 4 seconds to configure. And you are done.
Now for what it isn't. It is not a software winmodem ghetto ass "I found this thingy on my childslave labor motherboard" with 50 patents on how to not let you use your own hardware.
Can linux find it? No, and it's a bonus if it does. It's made to sell motherboards to windows weenies. Costs 30 cents to make and helps to insure recovering from a RAID failure is impossible- but luckily- windows and hard drives never crash- so that's ok.
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OK, I hope you didn't read all of that. Just the part where SATA hardware manufacturers haven't released their drivers. And get the right hardware if you intend to use linux without reinventing the wheel and wasting 2 weeks of your life. Good luck.