Re: Large disks on old computer
From: Dances With Crows (danSPANceswitTRAPhcrows_at_gmail.com)
Date: 12 Sep 2004 19:47:12 GMT
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On 12 Sep 2004 12:18:00 -0700, dr staggered into the Black Sun and said:
> I'm thinking of building a (cheap) RAIDed file server using an old
> computer, a controller card and a bunch of disks. As there is
> sometimes difficult for an old computer to recognize large disks I
> would like to ask you for some advise.
"advise" when used as a verb, "advice" when used as a noun. Yes,
English spelling makes no sense.
> What are the requirements for the motherboard/BIOS to see large disks
> on a third party controller card?
Er, if you mean an IDE card like the ones Promise sells, most of those
cards have a BIOS in them that allows booting. The only difficulty
people have with large disks in older motherboards is that the board's
BIOS may only see the first 8G of the disk. No problem, put /boot
somewhere in the first 8G, you're good. If the board is *really* old,
like 1996-old, it might only see the first 2G, at which point you need
to pick up a newer board.
> I have not yet any of the hardware needed, and would not like to buy
> anything before I know it will all work out.
If you're looking for advice on purchasing components, you might want to
post your geographic location (Mumbai is different from Ohio is
different from Tierra Del Fuego) and your price range so people have
something to work with. HTH,
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