I have a requirement to do one of two things
1. Install 4 x 2gb sata drives in a pc to access them in a normal "extra drive " fashion speed is unimportant they are mainly for storage.
2. Install 4 x 2 gb drives in a pc and setup a "raid" situation with them.
I assume I need a card to connect the drives too? am i heading in the wrong direction ?
The second option as you may well be able to tell I know very little about. There is quite a bit of information online. There seems to be cheap cards $15 usd and more expensive for $200 both say sata both say 4 port.
I presume in my layman s fashion the more expensive one is better faster ? Other than that can they both furfill the same function?
Condition: brand new
Silicon Image SATALink 3114A chipset
True 32-bit PCI-Bus IDE card. It supports the following I/O features:
Supports ATA 150 Rates of up to 1.5Gb/sec
Supports Hard Drivers over 1000GB
PCI Plug and Play compatibility
Serial ATA Specifications 1.0 compatible
Provides 2 x dual Serial ATA channels (up to 4 drives)
Co-resides with motherboard IDE devices
1.5GB/second maximum burst rate
Integrated PCI DMA engines
Supports Spread Spectrum in receiver
Support co-exist RAID set and Non-RAID HDD
Support RAID functions 0 and 1
Allow HDDs with different sizes to be configured in a RAID set
Support Windows 98SE/ME/NT4.0/2000/XP/7/Vista and Linux
1 x PCI 4-SATA card(without retail box, packed safely in bubble bag)
1 x Driver CD
2 x SATA Cable
and expensive card
Chipset: Marvell 88SE9230
Compliant with PCI-Express Specification V2.0 and Backward Compatible with PCI-Express 1.x
PCI-Express x4 Interface is Compatible with PCI-Express x4, x8, and x16 slots
Supports Communication Speeds of 6.0 Gbps, 3.0 Gbps, and 1.5 Gbps
Hot Plug and Hot Swap
Supports Native Command Queue (NCQ)
Supports Port Multiplier FIS Based Switching or Command Based Switching
Compatible with SATA 6G, 3G and 1.5G Hard Drives
Support RAID function: RAID 0, RAID 1,RAID10,and HyperDuo
WindowsXP/Vista/7/8/Server 2008 R2 / 8,Linux 2.6.x and above