Hello all - just wondered if I could get a little help with the purchase of a SATA PCI card for one of these drives.
I am currently running a MSI K7N2 Delta ILSR M/Board which I believe has a Promise 20376 SATA interface supporting 2 X SATA ports.
At present both are being used by Hard drives, one for XP and general use, the second for storage. I have already been looking to purchase a SATA controller card as I would ideally like to connect another hard drive (to act as a ‘backup’ for my original storage drive just in case it fails) and, given that some of my DVD drives are now quite old it would also seem a good time to purchase a new burner. (I have considered a couple of other IDE drives but, given the results from the Samsung, this would be my preference).
I would ideally like a 4 port card which would leave 2 spare for future drive additions and from reading a few threads Silicon Image cards using ‘base bios’ without raid would seem the favourite.
The card would be purchased in the UK and after considering a few options I was hoping this would be OK:- http://www.dabs.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=3Z2Q&CategorySelectedId=11141&PageMode=1&NavigationKey=11141,47480000 (Although the chip is not stated by the seller the reviews suggest it is a sil3112). My only concern is that when checking which cards people are using the sil3512 chip seems quite common.
Any advice would be really appreciated, especailly if it include details of which sil chip is prefered and / or details of any other 4 port SATA cards available in the UK which are already being used with the drive. (If 4 port cards are not an option advice on a 2 port card would also be helpful).