[rescue] x86 power question
francini at mac.com
Mon Nov 13 14:03:21 CST 2006
On 13 Nov 2006, at 14:13, velociraptor wrote:
> At this point, I may just begin from scratch. Without another x86 box
> to narrow down the problem further, I don't really know what else to
> try. And, to be honest, I'm tired of fscking around with it, even
> though I'd like to know the root cause. Often the "tired of it" gene
> beats up the SA gene these days.
> It sucks that it works perfectly fine with no boot disk when started
> off of a LiveCD. :-(
> I've even toyed with the idea of OS X server on the Quicksilver
> running SW RAID 5, but I start twitching when I think about that on
> IDE disks.
Why? Apple's own XServes and XServe RAID products are built upon IDE
However, the disks Apple certifies are server-grade mechanisms,
rather than the stuff that Dull slaps into their cheapo boxes.
That's partly why the Apple disk modules cost a fair bit more than a
J. Random IDE drive of equal capacity.
XServes also dedicate an IDE controller to each spindle, so each
drive is a 'master'. On the IDE-based XServe RAID box,
each of the 14 disk slots has a dedicated IDE controller as well.
You can buy bare server-grade IDE drives as well. One advertised as
such is the
Western Digital Caviar RE (Ultra PATA 100) or the
SATA version. They're a fair bit cheaper than SCSI equivalents.
Just my $0.02.
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