which chipset for SATA III card w/Boot capability to replace failing motherboard SATA ports

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by x509, May 4, 2019.

  1. x509

    x509 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I need to get a 4 (or 6) port add-on SATA III card which allows me to boot up on an Intel motherboard. Which boards or chipsets are best?

    I have this older system where at least 3 of the 6 SATA ports are failing, according to the error rate statistics in HD Sentinel, which I just installed. Those error rates probably explain why Windows goes off into the weeds every so often. I want to get a replacement for the SATA ports to keep this old system running a bit longer.

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  2. IdiotInCharge

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    This depends more on the UEFI / BIOS, but really, a cheap four-port HBA would work.

    This simple one I've used for my NAS.
     
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    Thanks. My one big concern was that I could boot Windows off a drive attached to this HBA and lots of reviews that they can do that. (y)
     
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    Without providing too much undo hope, I can at least report that on my Z170 board, drives attached to the above HBA are visible in the UEFI and selectable for boot. I have ten drives installed in addition to the main boot drive, and it's actually a bit of a hassle to work through them all in a clunky UEFI page.
     
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    If you're using any sata drives I recommend at least a pcie 3.0 1x card or pcie 2.0 2x card (the PCIe 2.0 1x slot bandwidth is only about 500MB/s total)
     
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    It's not a bad idea, but if no more than two drives are being accessed at any one time (and they're spinners), then it's not that big of a deal. It's a bigger deal if you're filling all four ports and expecting to push simultaneous data across them, of course.
     
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    Agreed, the 2x card is like a 4$ difference so better to have more bandwidth than you need :shrug:
     
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    Fuck at that price...

    Sorry, I was somehow expecting more.
     
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    Only works if you have a 2 or 4x slot available though :p if its only a 1x the decision is made.
     
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    Which describes my situation, so I'm going to take @Spartucus09's advice. :happy:
     
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    Woo i got a number upgrade :p
    But yeah search around theres <10$ difference between the 1x, 2x and 4x cards, just watch for the pcie 3.0 vs 2.0 variants thats what make the price jump up a bit - then of course make sure your slot is rated for the speed type
     
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