[mythtv-users] OT: Help selecting PCI SATA card

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Mon Aug 20 08:45:18 UTC 2007

[Resent from spamgourmet as I think hotmail eat my message and I had 
something to add anyway]
Here is something to note about SATA drives:
SATA drives use a different power connectector then a PATA drive (More 
Info Here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA#Cables_and_connectors ) 
and if the computer was built before SATA connectors were manufactured 
your computer's power supply may not have the right connector to use it.
If that is the case you would need to find a converter if one exists or 
buy a new power supply.

Also a note about converters:
On http://www.priorityelectronics.com/ultra/ccd-st-101l.htm it says 
"Converts parallel ATA hard drive to Serial ATA" which I think means 
it's for putting PATA drives in computers with SATA ports.
If I recall right I had looked for converters before and those type were 
all I could find, there weren't any to use SATA drives with PATA 
connections. Things could have changed since then though.

 > Date: Sun, 19 Aug 2007 20:46:47 -0700
 > From: yanfali at gmail.com
 > To: mythtv-users at mythtv.org
 > Subject: Re: [mythtv-users] OT: Help selecting PCI SATA card
 > On 8/4/07, Harry Orenstein <holists at verizon.net> wrote:
 > > This is definitely off topic for this list, but I think that this 
is a good
 > > place to ask, so...
 > >
 > > I have a MB (Asus A7V8X-X) that does not have SATA ports and only 
supports PCI
 > > cards. I want to add storage to be able to keep more recorded 
programs, so I
 > > bought a 500GB SATA HD. The question is, what is the best SATA 
chipset for
 > > PCI? My choices are either a no-name SIL3112 card, a no-name 
VIA6421 card or
 > > a Promise S150-TX2plus.
 > >
 > The best way to figure out which card to use is by chipset.
 > http://linux-ata.org/driver-status.html
 > The Silicon Image 3124 looks like one of the best supported chipsets
 > you can get, including Port Multiplier Support in the 2.6.23
 > timeframe; 5 drives on each SATA connector. Just make sure the
 > chipset is supported by the linux SATA drivers and you are good to go.
 > For example this one:
 > http://www.addonics.com/products/host_controller/adsa3r5-e.asp
 > Might be interesting, though it is a little bit expensive.
 > Yan
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