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Ide-to-sata Adapter Or Pci-sata Card

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The Raptor already comes with a PATA-SATA converter chip built in, similar to the one on the Kingwin adapter.

Internally, it's a PATA drive. However, it's not available in PATA, only PATA-converted-to-SATA.

In order to utilize it, you need either built-in SATA on the motherboard, or a PCI SATA card, such as that Promise.

The converter you linked to makes an existing PATA hard drive into SATA, it doesn't make a SATA hard drive into a PATA drive.

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If you just want to connect a Raptor to your system, you need a PCI SATA controller like this one from Promise.

Please note that this card is relatively cheap at ~$40, but does not support RAID 0/1, S.M.A.R.T monitoring of disk health, or TCQ. If you don't care, then buy it.

If you want any of those things, you must buy the Promise FastTrack SATA controller, which will run ~$20 more.

I took the time to read some of the reviews of other, non-Promise SATA cards. I personally wouldn't buy anything cheaper, although they exists, due to driver and reported performance issues.

Future Shock

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If you just want to connect a Raptor to your system, you need a PCI SATA controller like this one from Promise.

Please note that this card is relatively cheap at ~$40, but does not support RAID 0/1, S.M.A.R.T monitoring of disk health, or TCQ.  If you don't care, then buy it.

If you want any of those things, you must buy the Promise FastTrack SATA controller, which will run ~$20 more.

I took the time to read some of the reviews of other, non-Promise SATA cards.  I personally wouldn't buy anything cheaper, although they exists, due to driver and reported performance issues.

Future Shock

THanx for the info. I was hoping to at least get SMART monitoring. At least I know which card can do it now.

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If you want any of those things, you must buy the Promise FastTrack SATA controller, which will run ~$20 more.

Future Shock

Hello Future Shock

It seem that this card support the TCQ ? Is that for real ? Because in the charliebrown topic, he didn't mention that at all.

See for your self the datasheet:

http://www.promise.com/marketing/datasheet...DS_10-17-03.pdf

There is another card, the Pacific Digital,

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=...hdwt=22113&sp=1 who support more officially the TCQ.

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If you want any of those things, you must buy the Promise FastTrack SATA controller, which will run ~$20 more.

Future Shock

Hello Future Shock

It seem that this card support the TCQ ? Is that for real ? Because in the charliebrown topic, he didn't mention that at all.

See for your self the datasheet:

http://www.promise.com/marketing/datasheet...DS_10-17-03.pdf

There is another card, the Pacific Digital,

http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=...hdwt=22113&sp=1 who support more officially the TCQ.

Yes, the datasheet says "tagged command queueing":

http://www.promise.com/marketing/datasheet...DS_10-17-03.pdf

Haven't used it personally, but that's what the specs say...

FS

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