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

David Muran-de Assereto dmuran at tuad.org
Tue Jan 8 06:22:46 CST 2008

On Jan 8, 2008, at 03:11 , Mark wrote:

> 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.

Firewire is goodness. Like I said earlier, though, I have plenty of NAS
and internal storage on the Mac; I just wanted some larger internal
bootable drives for the Blade 1000.

David Muran-de Assereto
dmuran at tuad.org

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