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Operating Systems Supported: Supports Windows 98, Windows Millennium, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, XP, 2003 and Linux, Novell Netware, Supports 64bit / 32bit Windows Vista.
Linux 32bit / 64bit drivers support for Fedora Core2, Fedora Core3, Fedora Core4, RHEL 4.0, RHEL 4.0 Up1, SuSE 9.0 SP1 RC5, SuSE Pro 9.2, SuSE Pro 9.3. See SiliconImage SiI3114.
Operating Systems Supported: Windows 8
Windows 7 32/64-bit
Features: Chipset: Marvell 88SE9120
Compliant with PCI-e Specification v2.0 and Backward Compatible with PCI-e 1.x
Compliant with Serial ATA Specification 3.0
Supports Communication Speeds of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps, and 1.5Gbps
Hot Plug and Hot Swap (for SATA HD)
Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
Supports Port Multiplier FIS Based Switching or Command Based Switching
Supports ATA and ATAPI Commands
Compatible with SATA 6G, 3G, and 1.5G Hard Drive.
Hard drive controllers do exactly what they sound like: control your computer's hard disk. They are the circuitry involved in running hard disks and getting them to do what they are supposed to. On IDE drives, the hard drive controller is actually part of the drive. In older hard drives, controllers were separate boards.
With a typical IDE hard drive, you can have up to four devices directly connected to the motherboard. An example would be the hard drive, floppy drive, CD-ROM, and DVD drives. If all the spots are used up, you would need to purchase another hard drive controller card. Sometimes the hard drive controller can fail and you will need to replace it. You need the same type of controller as your hard drive. For example, IDE drives are only compatible with IDE controllers, and SCSI drives need SCSI controllers.
Hard Drive Controller Errors
If you get an error that says "HDD controller failure" upon booting your computer, it usually means the hard disk drive (HDD) controller has failed. Sometimes, you will get a 1701 error, which means the hard drive controller and the drive are having trouble communicating. This might be due to a loose connection.
The best way to avoid losing data is to prevent loss by backing up. With the low cost of external hard drives this is a ideal solution. By making regular copies of your important files, or by cloning your entire hard drive setup, you'll save yourself a ton of trouble in the event that your hard drive ever goes bad.