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HP dx2200 SATA issues

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I look after a number of HP dx2200 PCs at work; it’s a solid Pentium 4 PC with off the shelf components.  I mention that as all it’s components are standard and not crazy OEM modified items: motherboard, RAM, CPU heatsink, power supply, storage drives, everything can be replaced with a non HP part and continue to work without issue.  I wish the same could be said for most of HP’s other PCs.  Sure the dx2200 case is thin, a bit flimsy and a little noisy but it works, mostly….read more

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Super Micro P8SCT

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Picked up a Super Micro P8SCT motherboard for practically nothing and had it sitting in my pile of spare components for a few years.  I recently decided to set up a new Windows Home Server and wanted to press this motherboard into service since it has four SATA ports: they’re only SATA 1.5 but since the storage will all be accessed over my network that’s not a concern. It’s a low end ATX server board supporting one P4 CPU, four DDR2 DIMMs, two 10/100/1000 NICs  and one PCI-X slot.  The…read more

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RAIDCore BC4852

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The BC4000 RAID HBA family, comprised of 64-bit, PCI-X low-profile compliant controller cards, are the only 2U compatible SATA RAID controller cards available today. The product family provides both four-drive (BCM4452-H) or eight-drive (BCM4852-H) support and are based on Broadcom’s new BCM5770 Serial ATA controller chip. The new Broadcom BCM5770 SATA chip and the BC4000 controller card significantly boost reliability with efficient power consumption and thermal load balancing, and feature a MTBF (mean time between failures) of 3.5 million hours, which is nearly three times greater than that of competitive…read more

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Promise S150 SX4

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FastTrak S150 SX4 Four-port Serial ATA RAID controller with 1.5Gbps per channel 32-Bit/66MHz PCI 2.2 interface Support for RAID level 0, 1, 10, 5 and JBOD Online array expansion and RAID level migration to add capacity on the fly Supports hot swap of failed drives Automatic/manual rebuild of hot spare drive PerfectRAID technology for robust error handling and recovery of fatal, media and disk errors Variable stripe block size support enables optimization for diverse application requirements Supports up to 256MB of SDRAM memory Seamless upgrade to Promise’s external storage solutions…read more

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Promise SATA300 TX4

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I was repurposing an older Xeon workstation and needed SATA ports which this particular system lacked (see eBabble Weakly for more info). There is a distinct lack of SATA rev 1.0a (with spec extensions)controller cards available, i.e. 300 MB/s connection, native command queuing, etc. Everywhere I looked I found derivatives of a Silicon Image SATA rev 1.0 controller with four ports on a 32 bit 66 MHz PCI connection. This would give a maximum throughput of 266 MB per second, which is all this motherboard would support anyway. The nice…read more

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3ware Escalade 8506-8

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Escalade® 8506 Series Supports up to 12 drives with a single PCI card enabling up to 3terabytes of storage (dependent on drive capacity , 2TB per array maximum) Supports ATA / 133 / 100 drives with a Parallel-to-Serial Drive Converter StorSwitch point-to-point non-blocking architecture PCI 2.2 compliant 64-bit / 66MHz bus master RAID 0, 1, 10, 5 and JBOD support (2-port cotrollers support RAID 0,1 and JBOD) On-board processor to provide true hardware-based RAID Bootable array support for greater fault tolerance BIOS set up utility and 3ware Disk Manager (3DM)…read more

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iStar USA BPU-230 SATA

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Storage and ATA RAID are a few focuses here at eBabble, and a drive cage is particularly handy when you want quick access to installed hard drives. In a rack mount environment drive cages become a must, as fiddling with rack screws and hauling systems off a rack is hernia inducing. Let’s take a look at the BPU-320 from iStar USA, a company making its way into the North American market. In the box is the drive cage, three 0.5 meter SATA cables, mounting screws and a open page manual….read more

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