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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 7
Features: *Connectors can be set as External or Internal Ports by Jumpers
Based on ASMedia ASM1061 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA 6Gbps Controller
Compliant with PCI-Express 2.0 Base Specification
Unique Hard Drive Activity LED Indicator Circuit Design:
The LED Blinks for Read/Write Activity on Any One of the Hard Drive Connected to the Motherboard or to This Add-on Card
Serial-ATA (SATA) Interface:
SATA 6.0Gbps Ports (Internally, Externally or Their Combination)
Compliant with Serial-ATA Specification 3.0
Supports Communication Speed of 6.0Gbps, 3.0Gbps, and 1.5Gbps
Compatible with SATA-III (6Gbps), SATA-II (3Gbps), SATA-I (1.5Gbps) Hard Drives and SSD's
Supports Gen1m and Gen2m SATA PHY
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.