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Since the card is handling the drives directly, and assuming the os has decent driver support, if the main board gets upset over 2tb+, it shouldn't bother it with 3tb drives, since the main boards controller isn't handling the drives directly? Or could it be a pci bus issue?

I planned on buying a pci sata2 card, and being mid 2007, I'm sure the motherboard won't agree with 2tb+ drives, and I was curious if this would be a possible, simple, until further planned, workaround, besides a bios flash, if available.

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If the controller card supports the drive, then the motherboard and bus won't matter. The manufacturer website should tell you if the controller supports large drives.

Did you mean a PCIe card? I'd be surprised if any PCI cards support 2tb+ drives.

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well, since you made the point of stsandard PCI cards questionable for drives over 2Tb, my search continues to make sure this card will support 2Tb+...

it uses the Silicon Image SIL3124 chipset, which, is used in the pcix and pcie versions of the card, and obviously i'm sure those support 2tb+

i'm not sure if standard PCI bus will give problems with addressing that much space? i wouldn't think so. It does mention directly from manufacture 2.7Tb is max array size if you use the cards onboard garbage, but if using JOBD mode, i should be able to hand down raw drive sizes to the OS and go software from there, so i hope..

i'll keep searching. if i find my ansswer, i'll post a reply and deem the thread as solved.

regardless, appreciate any replies in the meantime.

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The bus isn't an issue. It just carries data according to the PCI specification. It doesn't know or care if the data is from a video card, RAID controller with 4TB drives, Ethernet, etc. The only limitation of the PCI bus is it's ~110 MB/sec maximum bandwidth.

I think your Sil will support a large drive as a data drive--but I'm not sure if it would be able to boot from one. Check the SiI website and driver/firmware notes.

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Don't care about boot. Boots from an old dependable Seagate 8gb :D

I'm gonna gamble it, nurse it until I get an amd quad core, mobo/ram/etc. If it's a bust, guess I'll be moving to better hardware sooner then I thought.

Thanks.

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Worked. 4x4tb drives in an array. 130mb/sec.

Next year comes quad core and pcie..... Muaha. I had to move quick, I had pata's puking fast... $35 band aid until new mobo/cpu/PSU/ram

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