[TriLUG] IDE Hard disk limitations BIOS and Linux
Aaron S. Joyner
aaron at joyner.ws
Tue Dec 21 09:47:53 EST 2004
Rick DeNatale wrote:
>1. Drive from Wake Forest to Raleigh to buy 1 large HD.
>2. See if it works.
>3. If yes go to step 7
>4. Drive from Wake Forest to Raleigh to buy PCI IDE controller
>5. See if this works.
>6. If no exit with failure and figure out what to do with my new hardware.
>7. Drive back to Raleigh to buy second drive.
>Now, I guess I could I go ahead and buy a pci card in step one, and
>save one trip. Does anyone know whether or not the PCI IDE ATA133
>Controller Card that Intrex sells works with Linux? One advantage of
>this is that I could each of the four IDE Drives on a separate
Yes, it works quite well. :) I would certainly recommend it from the
sheer perspective of separating out the drives onto individual channels.
Note that from a purely hypothetical standpoint, you can optimize your
algorithm by buying both the controller and a single drive on the first
trip -- then on the second trip you can return the controller if it
wasn't necessary, saving you gas in the event that the controller is
necessary, and costing you at most a 15% restocking fee if you
accidentally run over the box with your car, and are unable to return it
in satisfactorily-new condition. Note: be sure to double-check this
plan with the store manager before you leave the store with the card, to
ensure you will be able to return the card -- policies change, and I am
not an authoritative source for Intrex return policies.
Aaron S. Joyner
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