Suse on Sata

Michael L Torrie torriem at
Mon Aug 7 17:36:33 MDT 2006

On Mon, 2006-08-07 at 17:27 -0600, Adam Fisher wrote:
> I have never had success and would never use a SATA drive in a
> production environment with any flavor of Linux.  I always prefer SCSI. 
> However, I am volunteering for a non profit organization that went out
> and bought a 3 thousand dollar server from a company called Mendex.  

I have been running only on SATA for the last year or so with Fedora
Core 3.  Works great.  Home environment, of course.

But, I have been using large-scale SATA arrays in production for 3 years
now, with no problems (4 terabytes).  Only lost one disk out of 28,
which is well beyond what statistics say should have happened.


> When I tried to install SLES10 it installed like a charm but then it
> wouldn't find the boot partition.  This solution looked promising but
> didn't fix anything.
> I just stopped trying because of time constraints and installed FreeBSD
> which works like a charm with SATA.  
> Thanks for your responses,
> Adam
> >>> "Doran L. Barton" <fozz at> 8/7/2006 2:27 PM >>>
> Adam Fisher wrote:
> > Does anybody and have walk thru's on installing Suse or Red hat on a
> > Sata drive.  I tried some of Novell's stuff to no avail.
> Your success will depend largely on the chipset of the SATA controller
> you
> employ. Silicon Image 311x controllers are very popular and also fairly
> well
> supported. Unless you invest in a high-end hardware RAID solution like
> LSI's
> MegaRAID or 3Ware, stay away from SATA RAID solutions. If you need
> RAID, use
> the software RAID capabilities built into the Linux kernel.
> This page will give a starting point for SATA hardware compatibility:

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