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Old 04-04-2010, 10:14 AM   #1
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PCI SATA card that will support 2x1TB (3G/s) drives under Linux


First post and novice Linux user so please be gentle. I'm looking for a PCI (not PCI-x) card that will support 2 internal 1TB drives. While 3G/s is preferred, I understand that there are some drives that can be set to 1.5G/s (?) which may allow compatibility. I've been looking for a long time and cannot find anything that supports combination of PCI + (2x) 1TB + Linux + reasonable price. Does such a card exist or are they all PCI-x or unreliable (for Linux) brand or not capable of 1TB? I have older MoBo in Samba File server running Fedora that I would like to add larger capacity drives to expand storage. Or is a better bet just to start over with inexpensive mobo that has (multiple) integrated SATA support and rebuild system (ugh)? Thanks in advance for any advice.
 
Old 04-04-2010, 02:58 PM   #2
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Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3114 http://www.siliconimage.com/products...ct.aspx?pid=28
has 4 ports but only at 1.5 Gbps.
Silicon Image, Inc. SiI3124 http://www.siliconimage.com/products...ct.aspx?pid=27
same thing but 3 Gbps.

I can't vouch for the SATA2 version but the other one works a treat under Fedora.

( http://cgi.ebay.com.au/4-Port-SATA-2...-/280439904693 )

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Old 04-05-2010, 12:50 PM   #3
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Thank you for the complete answer. I order the second card from NewEgg. Will see how it does. Hopefully, at least from the description, it's exactly what I was looking for.
 
Old 04-05-2010, 03:24 PM   #4
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A pci bus will only support less than the sata speeds you are paying for. Consider a pci-e adapter.

You'd have to know more about the embedded controllers to decide.

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Old 04-06-2010, 07:50 AM   #5
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Yes I realize that a PCIe would be preferable but in the machine I need this for I have no PCIe slots. i.e. it's an older Mobo with only PCI slots. I need at least 2 SATA connectors that will support 1TB drives even if the thruput is reduced. Since this is a file server, I'm primarily interested in the storage capacity, not thruput. So, the question I would have is will the drives work at all (even at throttled thruput) on a card like this in a PCI slot? The 2 drives I want to use are Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EARS 1TB 5400 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s. I don't mind if they are throttled by the limitations of the PCI thruput as long as they at least work so that I can have these 2 1TB drives in a system that has no PCIe slots. Did I make a mistake by assuming that I could at least get them to work even though thruput would be reduced/compromised? If so, is there any card that will allow these two drives work to work MoBo with only PCI slots? (e.g. should I have bought the other card the was recommended?) In any event, thanks for the clarification.
 
Old 04-06-2010, 04:23 PM   #6
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The pci bus is the speed limit. I would guess that you can get sil boards to be viewed in newer distro's. Knoppix and Mint I know see sil cards. I suspect that same support could be found or added to fedora too.

I hope I am not wrong but the drives should work without any issues as long as the board bios can support that size of drive. How old is it?
 
Old 04-07-2010, 11:07 AM   #7
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Thanks again for the advice. The board is pretty old (>5yrs) but it's BIOS will support 1TB drives since I am using those in the native IDE channels that are on the board. I just need to hope that when I add the Sil card with 2 more 1TB drives, I'll find that my Fedora installation will find the appropriate drivers for the card. When I get this all up and running (hopefully this weekend), I'll repost with results.
 
  


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