SATA controller

From: John Aldrich 
Ok, I'm finally getting around to trying to upgrade my machine and replace 
the failing boot drive. Only problem is, I'm out of SATA connections. :(

Anyone got a recommendation for a good, linux-compatible SATA controller? I 
*do* have PCIE slots on my motherboard, and I think I have one PCI slot 
available (or will have once I take out my IDE controller.)

I see a Highpoint Rocket 620 on NewEgg for about $30 that's SATA3 and PCIE 
2.0, backwards compatible to PCIE1.0. Is that a good card? According to 
NewEgg it's Linux compatible with kernel 2.6.19 and above (I'm on Kernel 
2.6.40, so I've got that covered!)

I just thought as long as I'm going to be buying a SATA controller, I might 
as well get the most bang for the buck! :D


=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Doesn't anyone have a suggestion for a PCI/PCIE SATA controller????

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ I suggest you get one ----- Original Message ---- From: John Aldrich To: Sent: Fri, November 11, 2011 10:18:29 AM Subject: [Chugalug] SATA controller Doesn't anyone have a suggestion for a PCI/PCIE SATA controller????

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ John, Those Highpoints are good units. I have a Iomega NAS 250d under my desk at work (saved it from the recycle bin from a previous project) and it has a Highpoint RocketRaid 2300 in it. Its a solid PCIe sata RAID card. I would assume all of their other PCIe sata controllers are of equal quality.

=============================================================== From: James Nylen ------------------------------------------------------ I have a PCI 4-port SATA card that works fine in Windows and Linux. You can have it for $20 - I've bought a new PC since then so I don't need it anymore. Here's the product page on Newegg:

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Quoting Lynn Dixon : Thanks, Lynn... I think I will get the new PCIE instead of the used PCI James was offering...

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ I would check highpoints website to see I'd they have a prepackaged driver available for your distribution before you buy. Most of their cards are Linux friendly, and they offer packages for most of the major distros.

=============================================================== From: Cynicalgeek ------------------------------------------------------ What motherboard are you using?

=============================================================== From: John Aldrich ------------------------------------------------------ Quoting Cynicalgeek : Umm... don't recall. It's got some SATA on-board, I've just got all the ports used already. :( It's got two SATA ports and an IDE port.