Re: SATA on Linux vs. WinXP WAS Help me to get rid of windows forever

From: Robin Laing (
Date: 04/29/04

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    Bob Gorman wrote:
    > At 02:54 PM 4/29/2004, Taylor, ForrestX wrote:
    >>On Thu, 2004-04-29 at 04:20, Benjamin J. Weiss wrote:
    >>>>>1) Is SATA support working now for either chipset on that motherboard?
    >>>>>(Intel ICH5/ICH5R Chipset)
    >>>I found a page on Intel's site that said that newer kernels support SATA
    >>>on the ICH5 chipset, but only in legacy mode:
    >>>Whereas MSI (the manufacturer of the motherboard I've got on order) states
    >>>that WinXP can do SATA in Native mode.
    >>>1) Is there any advantage to running in Native mode? (IOW, is it worth it
    >>>to purchase WinXP?)
    >>>2) Does anybody know if Native mode support is coming to linux?
    >>Enhanced SATA (not Legacy) already works in Fedora Core and RHL 8,0/9
    >>with newer kernels. I had to install RHL 8.0 in Legacy mode, then I
    >>could upgrade the kernel and use Enhanced mode.
    >>I think that the Legacy in BIOS bit was a part of another solution.
    > Enhanced ICH5 is fine in Enhanced Mode with SATA. It's the RAID option (ICH5R) that requires Legacy Mode to work. I just use software RAID instead. The ICH5R isn't true hardware RAID anyway, from what I've read.
    Doesn't software raid also have more tools for recovery? Less
    hardware dependent?

    I set up my new computer with software raid after reading the about
    the above points. I took what I read to be true.

    BTW, the FC1 kernel did recognize my SATA controller (SI) and the raid
    that I set up with the BIOS. I removed the HW raid after reading
    about recovery and raid tools.

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