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Old 03-23-2009, 02:27 PM   #1
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Interal SATA port multiplier and beyond

Hi there,

I have a couple of questions pertaining to my dual boot system (Vista Home Prem. 64, and Lenny); particularly with multiple HDDs (Internal SATA Multiplier), a shared HDD, GPU drivers not loading correctly and RAM.

OK so here goes...

First, let me just say this is an amazing forum. Very informative and insightful.

Second, Here is my build
P5N-D mobo
Corsair 750 PSU
GSkill 2x2GB PC26400 RAM
Intel Core 2 Duo Wolfdale 3.2GHz CPU
XFX Nvidia GTX 260 GPU
1x 320 GB WD HDD (Vista Home Prem 64 bit)
1x 160 GB WD HDD (Debian "Lenny")
1x 160 GB WD HDD (Spare)
LG DVD-+RW Burner
Generic Floppy

Ok here goes.

1. Is it possible to format the spare drive for the Vista and Lenny drives to pull media off of, say music. If so, how?

2. I was looking at an internal SATA Multiplier to have more drives available, as my mobo only comes with 4 ports. Has anyone had any experience with these under Linux or Windows? Are they worth the hassle or should I just get a 2xTB HDDs and reinstall Lenny and Windows?

3. I am very new to Linux as a whole and am not sure if this goes here, but to save thread space I am posting this here. I downloaded the driver and I don't think I am using the right root code for installing the drivers for it. Can someone post the right or if I am completely off track here?

Thanks again.


PS Very insightful thread again...must be said.
Old 03-23-2009, 05:44 PM   #2
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1. Yes you can format and mount a drive so that both Windows and Linux can see it. You file system type should be fat32 for best compatibility. See an example at .

2. Stay away from SATA port multipliers. If you want to add more SATA drives, buy a compatible SATA controller. See the Linux SATA driver status at , before buying a SATA controller.

3. How to install the driver, will depend on what you downloaded. Did you download source files, or a binary package? If you downloaded source, you'll need to compile and install the kernel modules. In most cases, the installation scripts also are included with the source. I'm not familiar with Debian Lenny binary packages, so someone out there might be able to help you.


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