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Old 12-17-2006, 02:14 PM   #1
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eSATA PCI-X Drivers

Hello Folks,

Am toying with the idea of purchasing a eSATA external hard enclosure and a eSATA PCI-X card - to backup data from a 64-bit Centos 4.4 box. Can someone please recommend a PCI-X card with linux support?

I have no need for internal ports, but would like 2 external eSATA ports. I've been hunting the net and can't seem to find PCI-X cards with linux support.

Any links or suggestions will be much appreciated. Thanks...

Old 12-17-2006, 03:39 PM   #2
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I have seen these from MRi,
But I could not tell you how well they work as I don't have any of them myself.

Old 12-17-2006, 04:10 PM   #3
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I've been considering something similar, and the Norco DS-500 looks pretty interesting to me. Further down on the page are SATA cards. Note: I haven't used any of these myself, so I can't comment on their performance, etc
Old 12-17-2006, 05:12 PM   #4
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Thanks a ton, folks!! Will accumulate links and add should I bump into others...


If I may, regarding the eSATA hard drive enclosures, any particular make/model that you are inclined towards or prefer? I'm currently trying to zero down on that too. In particular, I'm looking at 2-bay drives. I'm seriously considering one of Wiebetech's devices (ask not why!! just gut-feel... generally can't find reviews on these devices).

If it's any help, these are some links I've collected over the last couple of days (not all may be directly relevant since I'm also thinking of an eSATA PCIe card for another box, and was initially also considering USB2/Firewire... but later focused on eSATA only... so there's a bit of a mix... ):

2006 Article:
2004 Article:
2004 Article:



2006 Article:






look at Nexstar 3 series only, infact only:
NST-360U2 = 3.5", IDE, USB2
NST-360UF = above + firewire
NST-360SU = 3.5", SATA, USB/eSATA

Adaptec eSATA/USB 2.0 Hard Drive Enclosure Kit
1000GB HDD allowed; eSata or USB2, aluminum case,

Enhance Technology
usb only -
Old 12-17-2006, 08:21 PM   #5
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itnaa - in fairness, at this point in time No, I don't really feel I'm in a position to offer recommendations. In my case, I've got a couple of big drives in different PC's, and I'm thinking it would be advantageous to have a single central source for my data. A big RAID, with SATA disks, would be really cool, but in all honesty I am only in the "Gee, that would be pretty cool" mode of thought as opposed to actually taking action.


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