Need advice on which PCI SATA Controller Card to Purchase [closed]

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Need advice on which PCI SATA Controller Card to Purchase [closed] – Managing your servers can streamline the performance of your team by allowing them to complete complex tasks faster. Plus, it can enable them to detect problems early on before they get out of hand and compromise your business. As a result, the risk of experiencing operational setbacks is drastically lower.

But the only way to make the most of your server management is to perform it correctly. And to help you do so, this article will share nine tips on improving your server management and fix some problem about linux, drivers, sata, pci, esata.

I have a major issue with the build of a machine I am trying to get up and running. My goal is to create a file server that will service the needs of my software development, personal media storage and streaming/media server needs, as well as provide a strong platform for backing up all this data in a routine, cron-job oriented German efficiency sort of way.

The issue is a simple one – all my drives are SATA drives and my motherboard controller only contains 4 ports. Solving the issue has proven to be an unmitigated nightmare. I would like advice on the purchase of the following:

4 Port internal SATA / 2 Port external eSATA PCI SATA Controller Card that has the following features and/or advantages:

  1. It must function. If I plug it in and attach drives, I expect my
    system to still make it to the Operating System login screen.

  2. It must function on CentOS, and I mean it must function WELL and
    with MINIMAL hassle. If hassle is unavoidable, there shall be CLEAR
    CUT and EASY TO FOLLOW instructions on how to install drivers and
    other supporting software.

  3. I do not need nor want fakeRAID – I will be setting up any RAID
    configurations from within the operating system.

Now, if I am able to find such a mythical device, I would be eternally grateful to whomever would be able to point me in the right direction, a direction which I assume will be paved with yellow bricks. I am prepared to pay a considerable sum of money (as SATA controller cards go) and so paying anywhere between 60 to 120 dollars will not be an issue whatsoever.

Does such a magical device exist? The following link shows an “example” of the type of thing I am looking for, however, I have no way of verifying that once I plug this baby in that my system will still continue to function once I’ve attached the drives, or that once I’ve made it to the OS, I will be able to install whatever drivers or software programs I need to make it work with relative ease. It doesn’t have to be dog-shit simple, but it cannot involve kernels or brain surgery.

So does anyone have a suggestion regarding the subject I am asking about? PCI SATA Controller Cards? It would help if you’ve had experience with the component before – that is after all why I am asking here – for those who have had experience that I do not have. Bear in mind that this is for a home setup and that I do not have a company credit card. I have a budget with a ‘relative’ upper limit of about $150.00.

Solution :

You don’t find it because it makes no sense to produce it. This is professional hardware and no one uses SATA anymore. SAS is the game – especially because you can plug any SATA card into a SAS controller. They are downard compatible. Adaptec for example makes only a “unified sata/sas controller”.

As such, go to LSI and look for a SAS HBA (Host Bus Adapter).

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