Hi, I just want to add a backplane for 5 hdd to my pc for back up purpose, so no need for raid, but I would like hot swap http://www.amazon.com/NORCO-SS-500-SATA-Swap-Module/dp/...
My motherboard is Gigabyte GA-P35-DS4, chipset Intel 82801IR ICH9R (I have enabled AHCI from bios after xp install) with 6 sata connectors and 2 gsata controlled by GIGABYTE GBB36X (jmicron JMB36X), my SO is XP Sp2 professional, I have one pci-e free
My sata ports are already full so I need other ones, but I don’t want to pay too much, I have found these 2 cards:
PRO: lian-li is a known brand, E-sata port (but I have already 1, so it’s good only because I can free one gsata port), new, JMicron 362 (Port Multiplier with Command-based Switching) and 393 seam better than sil3132, some good review
CON: only 5 sata connectors
The start off question you need to ask yourself... How many more HDD's you need?
If the answer is less than or equal to 5 then Lian Li should be your option. Reputed brand.
I don't think these cards do cause a lot of problem though. Haven't heard of exsys as a brand.
July 26, 2010 7:40:15 PM
hello. thank you for your kind words,
for now I don't need so many, but for the future the more the better (more hd, a blue ray, some new stuff we don't even think about...), but if they are all busy I can store some hd outside and thank to the hot swap option I can still use them in a very easy way
do you think gsata ports have some limitation? Some hd I connected to would not recognized at times
I have found a lot of bad review of reputed brand cards, but usually they concerned raid that I don't need