[CentOS] External SATA enclosures: SiI3124 and CentOS 5?

Rainer Duffner rainer at ultra-secure.de
Tue Jun 2 00:56:20 UTC 2009

Am 01.06.2009 um 23:57 schrieb Benjamin Smith:

> Tired of "little problems" trying to keep 7 drives working in an old  
> desktop computer, I'm considering an external SATA drive enclosure  
> with a controller card based on the Sil3124.
> http://www.ipcdirect.net/servlet/Detail?no=152
> I'm a bit concerned about long-term support, namely that the  
> company's driver page only lists drivers through RedHat 4.
> http://www.siliconimage.com/support/searchresults.aspx?pid=27&cat=3
> Does anybody else have experience with this controller? How has it  
> been for you?
> If you have experience with an external SATA enclosure(s), what did  
> you use and how did it work for you?

Promise VTRAK J series - but only with Solaris and on a LSI controller  
that gives you the SATA-drives as SAS-disks.
Very handy for ZFS - but the overall handling (no "this-is-the-bad- 
drive"-yellow/red light) leaves some room for improvement).

BTW: Apple sells these, too. So they should be around for a while...

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