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Old 02-16-2005, 02:43 PM   #1
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Old motherboard(ASUS CUV4X) and new SATA disks

I have an old system(2000) with an ASUS CUV4X M/B and SCSI Seagate BArracuda disks
which are now having bad block problems and need to be replaced.
I am thinking of getting SATA disks plus a SATA controller per 2 SATA disks
to replace the SCSI disks. Specifically, one 80GB SATA disk for root and /var/mysql
plus two 200GB SATA disks for /home.

The question is are there any problems to be expected in doing so?
From asking around some people are worried whether the M/B will be able to see the SATA disks(isn't it seeing them through the cntroller?) and that for some reason it mightsee the 80GB disks
but not the 200 GB disks. Others say maybe I will need a BIOS update. Anyone
knows what the story is here?

Not sure this is a slack question, but I plan to use Slac 10.1 (2.4.26)
Old 02-16-2005, 05:40 PM   #2
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Jeff Garzik is the kernel maintainer for libata, the
driver you'll need for sata disks. He has a website
with pages for Serial ATA (SATA) for Linux.

I would suggest you read through his information
about different SATA drivers and RAID controllers.
This will save you a lot of headache, heartache,
and money in the long run.

But may I ask: Why don't you just get new SCSI
discs, since you know they work, and they're faster
than SATA?

If you use Slackware-10.1 it defaults to the 2.4.29
kernel which has a sata.i kernel available. I don't
know what you mean about using 2.4.26, but it's
not available when you install Slack-10.1 ...
Old 02-18-2005, 01:09 AM   #3
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Thanks, though it does not really answer my concerns...
Plus, I thought SATA were faster(and they are definitely less expensive than SCSI)...


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