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Operating Systems Supported: Windows 8
Server 2008 R2
Linux 2.6.x and Above (AHCI devices driver is a built-in feature)
Features: Chipset: Marvell 88SE9215
Compliant with PCI-Express Specification v2.0 and backwards compatible with PCIe 1.x
Compliant with Serial ATA Specification 3.0
Supports Communication Speeds of 6.0 Gbps, 3.0 Gbps, and 1.5 Gbps
Hot Plug and Hot Swap
Supports Native Command Queue (NCQ)
Supports Port Multiplier FIS Based Switching or Command Based Switching
Compatible with SATA 6G, 3G and 1.5G Hard Drives.
SATA ports are bootable
For port multiplier function, please follow Windows 8 instructions in Download's tab.
Operating Systems Supported: Windows 7 (32/64bit)
Features: ASM1061 Chipset (Asmedia 1061 SATA Host Controller)
Compliant with PCI-Express Specification V2.0 and Backward Compatible with PCI-Express 1.x
Compliance Serial ATA AHCI Spec. Rev. 1.3, Serial ATA Rev. 3.0
Supports Hot Plug and Hot Swap
Supports Communication Speeds of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps, and 1.5Gbps
Supports 2 Ports Serial ATA
Supports Native Command Queue (NCQ)
Supports Port Multiplier.
Operating Systems Supported: Completely with drivers for Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003/2008, Supports 64bit / 32bit Windows Vista.
Mac OS X v10.4 Non-booting driver supported by SiliconImage SiI3132.
Linux 32bit / 64bit drivers supported for Fedora Core2, Fedora Core3, Fedora Core4, RHEL 4.0, RHEL 4.0 Up1, SuSE 9.0 SP1 RC5, SuSE Pro 9.3 by SiliconImage SiI3132.
Features: Chipset: SiI3132
External SATA II (eSATA) Connectors.
48 bits LBA can Break Capacity-Limit to Support HDD larger than 137GB.
Supports 1-lane 2.5Gbps PCI Express.
Fully compliant with Serial ATA 1.0 specifications.
Supports two independent Serial ATA channels.
Independent Link, Transport, and data FIFO.
Independent command fetch, scatter...
Operating Systems Supported: PC computer with one 32-bit PCI slot
MS Windows 98SE/Me/2000/Windows Server 2003/XP/NT 4.0/Vista/7/ Linux
Features: PCI Specification Revision 2.2 compliant
Silicon Image SIL 3512 host controller chip
Support 66 Mhz PCI with 32-bit data
Compliant with programming interface for Bus Master IDE Controller, Rev1.0
Support programmable and EEPROM, FLASH & EPROM loadable PCI class mode
Integrated SATA Transport, Link Logic & PHY layer
48-bit sector addressing
Serial ATA Specification Revision 1.0 compliant
Dual independent DMA channels with 256KB FIFO per Serial-ATA channel, transfer rate up to 1.5Gb/s.
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.