I am researching buying SATA drives and a RAID controller to plug them into.
I am reading about a new (to me) pci interface called PCI-X. When did this format come out and is it on only newer mother boards?
I believe my motherboard has only a 33mhz PCI 2.2 interface.
My other question is, What size partition can I create safely in Windows XP? Lets say I create a 300gb RAID5 array. What is the largest size partition can I create out of that 300gb array in Windows XP?
Also, can anyone recommend a good SATA controller card that is around $300?
Do you mean PCI-X, a 66mhz server implementation of PCI? It's been around for years. You probably mean PCIe (PCI Express). Its the next upgrade to PCI and has been out for about a year now. Eventually it will replace PCI. If you buy a PCIe motherboard, for now, you'll have both PCI and PCIe slots and they're not interchangeable.
300GB. The real limit is something in the multiple-terabyte range, and I haven't heard anyone hitting a reliable limit yet. Practical ones, yes, but in a server situation, I'd bet a terabyte partition is quite stable.
I've never needed to use a controller card so I can't help with a suggestion there.
I have a Intel motherboard I bought 2 years ago, so I suppose I have to check the manual to see what bus specifcation I have?
PARTITION SIZE: I am confused, I bought a 200gb IDE HD that came with its own controller and in the documentation it stated that the maximum size partition I could create in Windows XP was something like 127gb before you would start gettting corruption errors. Was this a limitation of the hardware controller or the operating system?
"I think that problem was solved in SP2 if you have Windows XP because I have a 200GB drive in only one partition and I can "see" it just fine"
If this is true then I will be very happy. Can anyone else confirm this?
I have dreamed of creating massive single partitions. I have created 127gb and larger partitions, the OS can see them, but have experienced data corruption with data stored on those size partitions, so I have always created multiple partitions of 120gb or less to be safe.
<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Astinius on 04/21/05 07:14 PM.</EM></FONT></P>