|Can anyone recommend a PCI card to add to a Windows ME system, that will provide at least one internal SATA port? My system uses PCI 2.2|
I'm trying to add a PCI card with 48-bit LBA, to support a new Western Digital SATA-II hard disk larger than 137GB.
I'd prefer a PCI card with a Silicon Image chipset. I've heard VIA chipsets can give problems with SATA (in regard to auto-negotiation between SATA-I and SATA-II), and that Silicon Image cards are therefore a better choice for adding SATA support. Can anyone comment on this?
I don't intend to use RAID, so I'd prefer a solution with minimum additional complications from that angle. Ideally, I'd prefer a PCI card that comes without RAID support (though it seems to be ubiquitous if there are two or more SATA ports on the card).
I'd be happy to settle for a card that has optional RAID (e.g. where the PCI card has the option to use a non-RAID BIOS).
Are there any disadvantages to a SATA disk, compared to an IDE / PATA disk? This will be my first forray into SATA: I've previously only used IDE.