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Re: eSATA woes



On Thu, Dec 17, 2009 at 07:30:07PM +0000, Camale?n wrote:
> On Thu, 17 Dec 2009 11:37:53 -0500, Gregory Seidman wrote:
> > I've been running a RAID1 on Firewire for years, but I really want SMART
> > monitoring and SATA drives (and enclosures) keep getting cheaper. I'm
> > running on older hardware with only PCI slots, no PCI-E or PCI-X, so I
> > picked up a PCI SATA card with two SATA ports and two eSATA ports. It
> > shows up in lspci like this:
> > 
> > 0001:10:12.0 RAID bus controller: Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3124 PCI-X
> > Serial ATA Controller (rev 02)
> 
> Just a hint: check the BIOS of the card (you usually get there by 
> pressing F8 key) and look whether it has been setup to function as a RAID 
> device or JBOD.
> 
> My "wild guess" is that a RAID configuration could be a bit problematic 
> and thus avoiding/interfering the communication with external e-sata 
> ports.

That's an interesting thought, but it's a bit complicated by the fact that
the old hardware in question is a G4-era Mac. Any idea how to check on that
without a BIOS? I literally have no PC hardware available.

> Greetings,
> Camale??n
--Greg


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