Can I add a SATA controller in a PCI slot? if so what is the storage limit? I am looking to have atleast 4TB.
Yes this can be done and the only limit on size is the drive size. The current max size for mainstream drives is around 2TB so make sure the adapter will host more then one SATA ports as at least 2 drives will be required.
Also make sure the adapter card will work with the Operating System as many are designed to be used under Windows only so if you are running Linux or BSD, there may be no support.
The other limit is the fact that the PCI is not a fast bus by current computer technology standards. If there are additional PCI devices such as network interface cards, integrated graphics, modems, soundcards, game controller adapters, USB expansion ports, Firewire expansion ports, etc.. theses devices will all be sharing the bandwidth of the PCI bus, leading to slow read and write performance of the additional storage.
If you are adding these drives to have fast storage, I suggest saving the money for a new system that makes use of current technology.
Dec 15, 2009 |
IBM eserver xSeries 205 8480