Suse on Sata

Adam Fisher FISHERAD at
Mon Aug 7 17:27:34 MDT 2006

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.  
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,

>>> "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
employ. Silicon Image 311x controllers are very popular and also fairly
supported. Unless you invest in a high-end hardware RAID solution like
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: 

fozz at is Doran L. Barton, president/CTO, Iodynamics LLC
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