Need a Sata PCI card for an old PC?

February 24, 2011 at 08:07:13
Specs: Windows 2000 / XP
Helping a friend with an old PC running Win2000. Has a MS-6368 motherboard. He has a new 1TB Sata drive to put in it but no Sata ports. Already has a Sata DVD burner with a Sata -> IDE adapter and it won't recogzize 2 of them. So solution is to put in a Sata PCI card. Need suggestion for this. Will it work. Will bios recognize it...? Installing XP is also an option for the OS side of this coin. He his trying to do this on the cheap as his funds are extremely tight after purchasing the drive and DVD burner. Any help getting this to work would be great!

Thanks!
Brian


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#1
February 24, 2011 at 12:31:21
IDE to SATA adapters generally suck. The SATA PCI adapter card is the way to go. Also, understand that Win2000 & WinXP won't recognize the SATA drives without the SATA/RAID drivers being installed at the very start of the installation by pressing F6 then loading them from a floppy.

"funds are extremely tight after purchasing the drive and DVD burner"

Either he has very little money or is paying way more than he should. Newegg regularly has DVD burners for less than $20, 1TB HDDs go for about $50-60.

Have a look at my "how-to":

http://www.computing.net/howtos/sho...


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#2
February 24, 2011 at 12:45:41
Thanks for the info! I took a look at your "how-to" and that is very helpful info. My concern is that the bios won't recognize the card or there may be some other bios related issues based on the fact that the computer is about 10 years old.

Also he got the DVD and HDD from Newegg at a good price., little money is the issue. Trying to help him out because his PC related knowledge is on the low side and he can't afford to take it somewhere to get the install done.

Thanks for the help!


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#3
February 24, 2011 at 13:52:38
I'd say don't bother.You are wasting your time and money. A barebones system is cheap enough to correct this and you'd need a xp or above to put on it.

First of all, your bios has to support the add on card. That is not a for sure deal to start. Then you need W2k drivers. Then if the drive is seen by bios as a scsi then it may or may not still be usable fully. Most drives still have a way to defeat it down a lot but to get any advantage you need a much newer system.

Just see if you can get an old ide drive or maybe use usb drives.

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#4
February 24, 2011 at 15:45:03
"First of all, your bios has to support the add on card."

If you want to be able to boot from a drive connected to the PCI SATA controller card, you must be able select SCSI in the Boot Order or similar list in the bios Setup, and have SCSI listed before (above) hard drive. That's virtually always there in a retail mboard model's bios version, even for mboards made in the 90s, but it may not be there in a brand name system bios version.

If you don't need to be able to boot from a drive connected to the PCI SATA controller card, then you don't need the SCSI setting in the bios.

"Then if the drive is seen by bios as a scsi then it may or may not still be usable fully. Most drives still have a way to defeat it down a lot but to get any advantage you need a much newer system."

Huh ?

Windows supports a SATA drive controller by using it's legacy built in SCSI support. He is probably going to have no problem getting the card to be able to run the drive at up to the max burst speed the drive he connects supports on the same card on any system. The card's "bios" on a modern card supports recognizing any size of drive.


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#5
February 24, 2011 at 16:53:18
Thanks for the insight,

XP isn't an issue as I have a copy (legal, unregistered), he already has the hardware I'm just trying to help get it to work as cheap as possible. I don't necessarily need to boot from the new SATA drive / PCI card set up, just get it working so he has the additional storage. An external USB enclosure could be an option, all be it a slower one, especially since it is only USB 1.

Thanks!


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#6
February 24, 2011 at 17:31:34
"I don't necessarily need to boot from the new SATA drive / PCI card set up, just get it working so he has the additional storage. "

Whether you do or not, the bios must support booting from SCSI if you do.

"An external USB enclosure could be an option, all be it a slower one, especially since it is only USB 1."

Very poor choice.The drive will work, but external USB drives were not a good choice and did not become popular until after USB 2.0 controllers became available. You can easily get a PCI USB 2.0 card cheaply, but the max data transfer rate of a USB connected drive is poor in comparison to that of the PCI controller card, which are also cheap to buy and will support the full max burst speed of SATA II drives.


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