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 PostPost subject: SATA expansion card        Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 2:08 am 
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I have run out of SATA ports and was wondering what you guys would recommend I get as I have Vista x64. I need at least 2 ports.


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 PostPost subject: Re: SATA expansion card        Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2008 8:42 am 
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I have run out of SATA ports and was wondering what you guys would recommend I get as I have Vista x64. I need at least 2 ports.


Any cheap SATA RAID card (PCI or PCI-E)should do you fine. They should allow you to run them as single drives just fine. They cost about $30, even for the cheapest ones. Don't expect brilliant performance from such a cheap card though. When it comes to RAID controllers you only get what you pay for.

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probably only going to run a 200GB from it that is basicly full and only going to store them so speed isn't a big conern :D


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probably only going to run a 200GB from it that is basicly full and only going to store them so speed isn't a big conern :D


If you do have PCI-e slots, get a PCI-e SATA card they normally support 3.0GB/s (SATA II). If you only have PCI, then you can get a cheap SATA card (maybe under $15 some places) that supports 1.5GB/s. If you're looking for basic functionality and some raid features (RAID 0, 1, and 5), then I'd go with a Promise brand, their cards have worked flawlessly for me...and their pretty cheap too. (But not crappy performance).


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Before buying the SATA controller, be sure that it supports Vista x64 with certified drivers: x64 has the Driver Signature Enforcement "feature" that does not allow to enable drivers without digital signature.


There is a workaround for that (disable Driver Signature Enforcement at every boot) but i don't recommend it.

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