May 28th, 2004

Danger Mouse

SATA controller cards?

I've got an old server, which is still chugging along great. However, it's starting to seriously run short on hard drive space.

Up until now, the majority of it's data storage has been SCSI.

Unfortunately, as much as I love SCSI, it's gotten to the point where it's just way too freakin' expensive. (Or, more accurately, IDE has simply gotten to the point where it's so much cheaper that its better price compensates for its deficiencies.)

So, I'm trying to decide whether to get an ATA/133 controller card, or a Serial ATA controller card to add to this computer (which currently only supports up to ATA33). From what I've seen so far, it appears that I can get an add on controller card for either ATA/133 or SATA for about the same price, $20-$25.

Anyone have any suggestions on which to go with? If I get the SATA, it'll likely be a controller card with the Silicon Images 3112 chipset, as that seems to be the most common, and least expensive I can find.

Any idea how well supported that is under Linux? I see it listed in the kernel config, but that doesn't always mean it's perfect.

Hrm. . .
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