[mythtv-users] Another take on large-capacity disk enclosures

Jarod Wilson jarod at wilsonet.com
Fri Jun 19 14:08:45 UTC 2009


On Jun 19, 2009, at 9:51 AM, Raymond Wagner wrote:

> Andrew Burgess wrote:
>> On 06/15/2009 03:01:09 PM, Brian Wood wrote:
>>
>>
>>> I didn't find any standard PCI cards that were more than 4 drives.
>>>
>>
>> You can sometimes get 3ware PCI cards on ebay that handle 8 or 12  
>> disks.
>>
> Aside from their very low end 2-4 drive PATA cards, 3ware has always  
> made PCIX/PCIe cards.  I used to have an old Promise 6-port (12- 
> drive) PATA card that had a 66MHz PCI slot, but I've never seen a  
> PCI card with more than 4 SATA ports.  When four SATA drives can  
> readily exceed the bandwidth of the PCI bus, there's little point in  
> making them larger.

The 3Ware 9500S I have is 64-bit PCI, which is slightly different than  
PCI-X (its an older and slower predecessor to PCI-X), and it *can*  
theoretically be plugged into an old-fashioned 32-bit PCI slot (as  
long as its PCI 2.2-compliant) and function, albeit less optimally.

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Jarod Wilson
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