Im after 5 x 1TB SATA Hard Drives, and a motherboard than can support 6 SATA Drives.
Anybody have any ideas?
How about one of these,
Product Description ASUS P5QL PRO - motherboard - ATX - iP43 £80.00+vat Free Delivery.
Product Type Motherboard
Form Factor ATX
Chipset Type Intel P43 Express / Intel ICH10
Front Side Bus 1600*/1333/1066/800 MHz *Overclock speed
Processor 0 ( 1 ) - LGA775 Socket
Compatible Processors Pentium 4, Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, Pentium D, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron 400 sequence, Celeron Dual Core
RAM 0 MB (installed) / 16 GB (max)
Supported RAM Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Supported RAM Integrity Check Non-ECC
Storage Controller ATA-133, Serial ATA-300
Multi-Core Support Dual-Core / Quad-core
USB Ports Configuration 12 x USB
Storage Ports Configuration 1 x ATA, 6 x SATA
Audio Output Sound card - 7.1 channel surround
Dimensions 30.5 cm x 19.3 cm
Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty
Also 5 X 1TB Western Digital Caviar SATA £73.00+vat Each With Free Delivery!
Last edited by CPLTD; 26th January 2009 at 03:31 PM.
I can vouch for the 1TB Western Digital Caviars.
Bought 2 myself recently. Very quiet and don't get too hot.
Avoid Seagate seems to be the recommendation at the moment.
Really? I've never had any problems with Seagate, not for at least 3 yrs or more down the line.
The only except is when I get them from ebuyer and there idea of packaging. IE loads on top and nothing underneath.
matt40k (26th January 2009)
Thanks for that, was going to get 1TB soon.
Is this resolved with the fireware now? Or still ongoing?
Are you going to RAID those Terabyte drives? I remember reading somewhere that due to various technical reasons RAID isn't recommended, but I haven't a clue as to why.
A lot of the newer Intel server boards also come with 6 SATA connections.
Believe it's to do with the MTF.
I have the asus p5ql-e, which is similar to the above. It's a nice board but very finicky. According to the doco that came with it, RAID doesn't work with M$ operating systems out of the box. You basically have to run software RAID.
If you run Fedora 9, the RAID controller will work fine, but it won't be recognised under Fedora 10, as they have removed a key kernel module.
If you run Suse 11.0 or 11.1 it will recognise the RAID controller, but I could not get the LVM to work, I had to use disk partitioning to get volumes.
Mandriva 2008 will recognise it on install, but kernel panic on boot. Mandriva 2009 works perfectly.
The built-in ASUS Express Gate is a good feature if you want to access the internet but not boot your machine. I can see this as being very useful if, for example, the hard drive dies and you want to order another online.
Segate admits firmware issue in latest 160 - 1500GB drives
Unfourtunatly I have one of the affected drives but it has not failed yet. I need to rip it out and put it in a newer machine with native SATA to upgrade it through so have not tested the firmware update yet.
Im just going to use FreeNAS to Stripe them as a basic storage drive! I need lots of storage space for video editing and RAW image storage.
Hey if your interested, this is what im trying to build, a cheap NAS server instead of a very expensive HP solution.
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