The SATA2 Serial ATA II PCI-Express RAID Controller Card from Monoprice allows you to add two extra hard drives to your computer through the PCI-Express slot on your motherboard.
The card comes with an optional RAID utility, which lets you configure a RAID 0 or RAID 1 setup on the SATA ports for increases speed or improved reliability. It uses the SIL3132 chipset.
- Support 3.0Gb/s and NCQ
- Support 1-lane (x1) PCI-Express Bus with transfer rate 2.5Gb/s
- Compliant with PCI-Express 1.0a specification
- Support SATA II specification with transfer rate 3.0Gb/s
- Backward compatible to SATA 1.0a specification
- Support hard disks with Native Command Queue(NCQ) feature
- Capability to connect to a port multiplier with FIS based switching
- Hot plugging supported
- Support Raid 0,1
- Radi 10, 5 are supported, if drives are connected to a port multiplier
- Optional external SATA (eSATA) interfacing
System Requirements and Driver supported -
Windows 7, 2000, Server 2003 32/64-bit, XP 32/64-bit, Vista 32/64-bit
PCI Express-enabled system with an available PCI Express slot
- User's Manual (Mar 14, 2012)
1 X PCI-Express SATA II two ports host controller card
1 X CD Driver
1 X User Manual
|SATA2 Serial ATA II PCI-Express RAID Controller Card (Silicon Image SIL3132)|
|Question: What is RAID?|
|Answer: RAID stands for redundant Array of Independent Disks. It allows you to take multiple hard drives and configure them in a redundant backup arrangement to prevent data loss, or combine them in to one large volume rather than two separate smaller volumes. |
The most common configurations are referred to as follows:
RAID 0 (zero) combines all the hard drives into one volume of storage space so there is no loss of capacity. This improves speed but does not actually offer any redundancy so if one disk fails, all data is lost.
RAID 1 duplicates data on all the drives. This way if any one disk fails, data is not lost because all the data has been copied on the other drives.
RAID 5 is for 3 or more drives. There is redundancy of data across the drives, but the total volume is only reduced by one drive size.
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