PCI SATA RAID Card on old motherboard

Posted on 2006-03-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I am looking at an old server on eBay that I will use as a backup storage location.  It has this motherboard: Intel CA810E  on page 21 of the technical specifications it says that it only supports ATA/33 and ATA/66 hard drives.  Will I be able to use the Ultra ATA/100 super large (> 300GB) hard drives?  I am looking at this one for example: Western Digital Caviar SE WD3200JB 320GB 7200 RPM IDE Ultra ATA100 Hard Drive

I really want to use SATA150 and I am looking at this RAID Card: PROMISE FastTrak TX2300 PCI SATA 2-Port 3G/s RAID Adapter

And these drives: Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD3200KS 320GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive

Will this RAID card and Drives be able to boot on that Intel CA810E motherboard??


Question by:byronleonard
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    >> use the Ultra ATA/100 super large (> 300GB) hard drives <<

    I think you meant "<" (larger than).  Anyway you will need to see if there is a BIOS update that will allow larger than 137gig drives. I think ATA/66 topped out at that when it came out. Otherwise you will need a smaller drive, limit that one to 137, or get a PCI card for that one also. You could use the WD drive overlay program to use it, but I am not a fan of overlays.

    You should be able to boot with that PCI SATA setup, as long as it hac=s its own BIOS.
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    What OS will you be using?

    CA810 is ATA33, CA810E is ATA66..
    Disregarding size, An ATA100 drive would work but max transfer rate would be ATA66 on the CA810E board.
    It looks like the maximum hard drive size is 137.4 GB. (Has to be inferred. Intel doesn't outright SAY it.)

    The promise card will work in that board (both are PCI 2.2 compliant) and it has Win2k, XP, or Linux driver support.

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    I've used RAID cards on old motherboards (such as the Asus P2L97) with no problems. They let me use larger drives at faster speeds, and I was even able to boot.

    If you're installing Windows, make sure that you have a floppy drive installed, at least during Windows installation. You'll have to hit F6 during setup, when prompted to add SCSI controllers, then you'll need to put a floppy in with the RAID controller drivers on it. If you don't do this, and if Windows doesn't have built-in support for the card, you'll get a BSoD on boot-up, since it won't know how to read its own files off the hard drive.

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    Thank you much.    : )


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