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    Question Cheapest way to add 4 SATA ports to an old system

    Hi

    I have an old Socket A system that I am looking to turn into a Linux file server, The problem is that it has no SATA ports, but I would prefer to fill it with SATA drives for future proofing. What would be the cheapest way to add at least 4 SATA ports?

    The way I see it, my options are:

    • Add two SATA adaptor cards
    • Add a SATA raid card
    • Buy a Socket A motherboard with SATA ports. (do they exist?)
    • Buy a new Socket 939 or AM2 motherboard and CPU with SATA ports (expensive)

    Bear in mind that I don’t need much performance from this system, so I don’t want to upgrade the hardware more than I need to.

    Suggestions?

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    I had the same problem a few weeks back. In the end, I decided I didn't want to buy an IDE drive which would be pointless for when I upgrade, and therefore I got a SATA external enclosure, which I'll be using in the time-being.

    If that isn't plausible for you, I'd go with the SATA raid card, though a socket A board with SATA might be cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrestomanci
    [*]Buy a Socket A motherboard with SATA ports. (do they exist?)
    yes, they exist but
    1) most only had 2 SATA ports
    2) finding 1 these days other than eBay may be hard

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    Get a new system mate tbh.

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    Cheapest way would be
    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...oductID=225844 not sure about linux compatability.

    Personally I'd get a 4port RAID card like http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Produ...roductID=83202

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    Good price. hope the OP see's it in the next 30mins

    EDIT: looks like they have hundreds actually.
    Last edited by chuckskull; 01-08-2006 at 07:46 PM.

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    Thanks, that looks like it will do the trick.

    I am just googling for linux compatablity now, but I doubt there will be a problem.

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    I have just taken a look a the linux source code and it looks like there is a good driver in

    drivers/scsi/sata_sil.c

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