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Question about RAID Controllers?




Posted by dirtracinbear, 08-13-2009, 06:03 PM
I wasn't really sure where I could ask this question, but it seems there are a lot of knowledgeable people on this board, and this is probably a simple question for those of you who are used to server-class computing. Ive recently won a lot of Compaq Enterprise class SCSI Ultra3 drives on the 'bay.. they are going to replace some HP drives that i've had in a RAID1 setup for my small business for 10 years. The problem is the drives are the 80 pin version. I cannot for the life of me find a RAID controller for 80 PIN SCSI that fits in a standard 32-bit PCI slot. Do they even exist? every controller I find uses the PCI-X 64 bit slot.. which i've found is only on server-class motherboards. I may be doomed to buying those 68pin to 80pin converter thingies, and using my ancient HP Netraid 1si card longer.. I was really hoping to upgrade the card to an ULTRA3 version for a little boost in bandwidth. Do i have any hope at all of finding one? Thanks for your time!

Posted by writespeak, 08-16-2009, 10:00 PM
Welcome to WHT. I've moved this thread to Tech & Security Issues, where someone may be able to help you. Lois

Posted by bqinternet, 08-17-2009, 02:38 AM
Something to keep in mind is that most PCI-X cards will still work in 32-bit slots. It just won't have the full bandwidth available.

Posted by jNive, 08-17-2009, 05:09 AM
indeed - PCI-X (not PCIe) is back compatible with the PCI bus, so it might still be worth giving that a shot



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