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I'm looking to build a small home file server using several IDE hard drives my dad found, probably about 5 drives total. I found an IDE raid card for cheap, but don't recognize the slot type. It says PCI, but looks rather long. Can someone advise?

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI-X
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Great thanks, I did search but somehow missed that. I guess I will have to look for a different card
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post #4 of 8
You can put a PCI-X (64bit), in a PCI (32bit), howerver this card will be bottlenecked . If you ever find a PCI-X compatible mobo, you will have better performance.
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Originally Posted by bleach View Post
You can put a PCI-X (64bit), in a PCI (32bit)
Not always true.

Some cards won't work at 32 bit, and some won't work at 33 MHz ('normal' PCI bus speeds - PCI-X goes up to 133 MHz).

Also (true) PCI-X is 3.3V, and so not all cards will work in the 5V slots found on most mobos. Some cards (such as this one) will work with both voltages. But again it's not true to say that PCI-X will always work in a 'normal' PCI slot.

That card will work in a 'normal' PCI slot though - I know this because I have 2 of them (for those that don't recognise it, it's a 3Ware 7506-8. I use one in an old server chassis with 4 x 120GB and 4 x 80GB drives in 2 RAID5 arrays as an extra backup for some of my most important files (that already have multiple backups elsewhere). I can get ~50MB/s transfers over a PCI bus that also shares a gigabit NIC - this is really the most you can hope for. You might get a little more if the card gets the bus to itself, but don't expect miracles unless you can use a 64-bit or 66+ MHz slot (and you have some speedy IDE drives - mine are very old and very slow by today's standards).
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To OP, why bother with old IDE drives? You can probably get a single bigger SATA drive for relatively cheap.
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Not always true.

Some cards won't work at 32 bit, and some won't work at 33 MHz ('normal' PCI bus speeds - PCI-X goes up to 133 MHz).

Also (true) PCI-X is 3.3V, and so not all cards will work in the 5V slots found on most mobos. Some cards (such as this one) will work with both voltages. But again it's not true to say that PCI-X will always work in a 'normal' PCI slot.
Huh, don't know that. Every card I have tried has work for me, maybe I am just lucky.
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Huh, don't know that. Every card I have tried has work for me, maybe I am just lucky.
Check out the Adaptec 2420SA - it is 3.3v only, and won't work on consumer boards as a result (they only have 5V slots). I believe it also requires (at minimum) a 64 bit 66MHzz slot.

You need to be careful when you say (or imply) something will *always* work...
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