[rescue] FC-AL drives on sale at geeks.com

Mark md.benson at gmail.com
Tue Jan 8 02:11:18 CST 2008

On 24 Dec 2007, at 04:41, David Muran-de Assereto wrote:

> USB - ick. I've tried that a couple of times; last time, I had a 500GB
> USB 2.0 drive on the Mac Pro, and the throughput was significantly
> lower than network I/O using CIFS over gigE. No, USB is for keyboards,
> mice, cameras, and thumb drives, not for real storage. I took the
> drive out of the case, trashed the case, and installed it in the PVR,
> which made my wife very happy.

One word... FireWire :) I never buy an enclosure without it, and never  
use USB 2.0 on Macs if I can help it.

Moreover Solaris 10 fully supports FireWire PCI cards (at least FW400)  
out of the box, so you can theoretically use it on a SPARC if you are  
feeling adventurous :) Notable that Sun's x86-64 workstations have  
FW400 as standard - Sun like FireWire, which makes sense since they  
make a point to make real technology that works well available where  
it matters.

Also, Solaris 10 has support for a limited number of SATA controllers,  
including (but not limited to) Silicon Image Sil3112 and 3114, and, by  
extrapolation, it supports 3152 as well as that is used on the Java  
Workstations. Using that you could probably pickup a low-cost ESATA  
PCI card and hang the SATA disk off the back on it's native bus.

Mark Benson

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