[mythtv-users] ide controller advice

Mike Schiller mdschiller.mythtv at gmail.com
Sun Dec 25 15:00:04 EST 2005

I've been contemplating buying one of the following two IDE cards to
replace my IT/ITE82812 controller in an LVM (no raid, just extra
space) setup.  The things I don't like about the IT/ITE82812, are its
lack of SMART support, and the fact that my disks are always on.  I'd
like for the disks to automatically power down when not in use to
reduce the heat generation (unless, someone has a reason for me not to
-- disks don't do this by themselves, do they?).

I was wondering if anyone has tried the ...

$14.40 Koutech IO-PIR133 PCI IDE Controller Card

...or the ...

PROMISE ULTRA133 TX2 PCI IDE Controller Card

... ?

Do these support support SMART, or powering down the disks?


On 12/16/05, Jon Whitear <jon at whitear.org> wrote:
> >My basic requirements are:
> >
> >- cheap.  Definitely under $100, preferably under $60.
> >- can power down my disks when they've been idle for a while.
> >- SMART capability
> >- stock Fedora 4 kernel compatibility.
> >- RAID -- OK, not a requirement because I don't currently use it, but
> >it might be nice in the future.
> >
> >
> I've recently been through a similar process, but my requirement was to
> RAID1 the OS disk.
> My research indicated that 'cheap' IDE RAID controllers aren't worth it
> - they do the RAID in software (the driver) anyway, so you might as well
> use Linux software RAID. If you want RAID in hardware, the 3ware
> controllers are well supported.
> In other words, any old bog-standard IDE controller should do just fine,
> and should support hdparm/smart.
> Cheers,
> Jon
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