Suggestion for a good bootable sata pci card

By candulj
Dec 2, 2007
  1. Hello,
    I have several windows 2003 servers on old server boards. Someone mentioned that I should preinstall a bootable SATA pci controller card into each server, then boot and install the drivers into the windows os. This way if the server board fails I can still boot from the controller. This does not make sense. Can somone expand on this alittle more please? Thanks for your reply.

  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    if server motherboard fails it will not boot anything
    if you mean the ide ,sata or scsi controller on board
    the chances of those failing are the same if not less then an add on card
    I have had more cards fail than on board controllers
    now a plus of an add on could be that your board does not have raid on board
    don't buy cheap cards or starter cards
    to get sata I speeds a pci slot will work
    to get sata II speeds you need pci-x or pci-e slot
    by the way your bios must be able to see the boot device on the card
    I now most older servers will see scsi
    but not sure about sata
    only way to tell on boot go to bios it will show device in boot order
    call board manufacturer up and ask tech
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