Vista compatible PCI or PCI-E to SATA card

  Ben 216 21:17 04 Apr 2007


I'm getting Vista soon and want to dual boot between Vista and XP.

My ASRock Dual-VSTA motherboard has 2 SATA ports which I've filled with an 80Gb HDD (XP boot drive) and a 200GB HDD (storage). I want to install Vista on my 200GB drive and get a 500GB for storage available to both XP and Vista.

I've seen various PCI cards which will supply an extra 2 or 4 SATA ports, but the only Vista compatible ones seem to be £200+. I'm looking for one preferebly = £35, it doesn't have to be SATA II.

I found this click here, but my IDE ports are next to each other vertically ¦¦ so it might be a bit tight, and I'd like a spare SATA port if possible. It's also driverless, so I can't see any problems with Vista?

  Totally-braindead 22:56 05 Apr 2007

This might be of help click here=*L64TBsi&p_lva=&p_sp=cF9zcmNoPTEmcF9zb3J0X2J5PSZwX2dyaWRzb3J0PSZwX3Jvd19jbnQ9MyZwX3Byb2RzPTAmcF9jYXRzPTAmcF9wdj0mcF9jdj0mcF9zZWFyY2hfdHlwZT1hbnN3ZXJzLnNlYXJjaF9ubCZwX3BhZ2U9MSZwX3NlYXJjaF90ZXh0PXZpc3Rh&p_li=&p_topview=1 this is a list of the Adaptec SATA controllers and which are compatible with Vista. I was looking at the 1210SA at Novatech but as you can see its not listed as Vista compatible and Novatech don't have much in the way of choice.
I checked the other companies I used and could not find any of the others listed, the ones they did have made no mention of Vista.
To be honest it might be easier buying a cheap board with 4 SATA ports on it.

  Totally-braindead 23:09 05 Apr 2007

Sorry something about my link has mucked up your posting I think.

  Ben 216 01:22 06 Apr 2007

Yes it definitely doesn't like something :-s

Anyway thanks for the link, I saw that yesterday, and the 1210SA is the only one that I could find for a reasonable price on ebuyer, komplett, overclockers uk, watford electronics, dabs, aria, etc etc. and that's the one that's not being supported.

It seems to me that either the others are a specialist piece of kit or they're cashing in on Vista compatibility. I found a couple of American brands that support Vista, but no-one over hear sells the brands or models, and the sites won't ship to the UK

I'm thinking I might have to go with an external USB 2 or Firewire HDD. I upgraded my CPU and Motherboard back in September and compromised on a board which would support my AGP graphics card and DDRI ram.

I've also been advised to check out what Silicon Image chip sets are supported and find a PCI card with one of these on as Windows will ignore the PCI part of the card and install drivers for the chipset. Does this sound right?

  Totally-braindead 13:50 06 Apr 2007

Have you run the Vista upgrade advisor? It won't run on my PC but everyone else hasn't had a problem.

  Ben 216 18:05 06 Apr 2007

Yes I ran the advisor and all the major components passed. My motherboard is Vista certified anyway and I checked Sapphire for Vista compatible X800 drivers.

My main concern is software, which is why I want to dual boot and make the change gradually.

  Ben 216 12:56 16 Apr 2007

I've just received a 500GB external drive. Plugged it in and spent 3 hours trying to get it to work, before changing the USB cable, now it's fine!

I've had to abandon the idea of a Vista compatible PCI SATA controller for the moment, but it's something I'll be keeping a lookout for, so if I find one I'll post a link.

Thanks for your help,

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