Recommended SATA card?
dave at boostpro.com
Tue Jun 17 00:00:03 UTC 2008
on Mon Jun 16 2008, "Owen Townend" <owen.townend-AT-gmail.com> wrote:
> On 17/06/2008, James Dinkel <jdinkel at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 3:03 PM, David Abrahams
>> <dave at boost-consulting.com> wrote:
>> > Hi,
>> > I need to expand the internal disk capacity on my server, and all my mobo's 4
>> > SATA ports are occupied. Can anyone recommend an SATA card that will work well
>> > with Ubuntu?
>> The controller is going to be the issue here. Any brands of cards
>> that use the same controller are going to be equally supported. You
>> could check what controller is on your motherboard and try to get a
>> card with that same controller. However, the Promise SATA controller
>> is very popular and I *believe* is well supported in linux.
> James is right, the controller is the important part to consider
> here for compatability.
Duh, for some reason I didn't catch his drift before. Now I think he
was suggesting that I use a card with the same controller chip as my
onboard SATA because I know it works. (Sorry, James!)
> If you are only after sata ports and not hardware raid
> then I'd suggest the Silicon Image SiL3114/3124 chipset cards (SATA
> I/II, four ports). They're supported natively by the kernel, so no
> third party drivers needed and I've seen them around for ~US$30/$60 on
That's a lot cheaper than some of the 3ware cards I've seen.
> The main drawback of pci sata is IIRC the maximum bandwidth of
> the pci bus is roughly 80 MiB/s.
Oof. I suppose there's no getting around a limitation like that
one... hmm, is there an SATA controller I can drive with firewire? What
people who care about performance do when their onboard SATA fills up?
Buy an external SATA drive cage that runs over firewire (or some such
> If you're after hardware raid but haven't yet done your research I'd
> suggest reading the through adaptec's storage advisor pages, they
> focus on the tech rather than adaptec specifics which is handy.
Well, I've done quite a bit already, but one can always do more
research. When is enough enough? I dunno, but I'm thinking maybe I
should stop here for now and invest the US ~$30/$60 to see how an
SiL3124 card works out.
More information about the ubuntu-server