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TonyTasty
04-24-2001, 08:40 PM
I've gotta pick up an ultra ata/100 controller card, thinking of going with promise. anyone rate the card? does anyone have any card/drive combos they can recomend?

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Mactacular
04-24-2001, 08:47 PM
An ATA card is a good choice, Fast and Inexpensive. As of now, there are no real ATA/100 controllers, only dual channel ATA/66 as I believe. The Promise/100 card does not work in the Mac, it is for PCs. The VST UltraTek/66 card is the Promise/66 card with Mac firmware on it. Another plus to the VST card is the bundled SoftRAID. For the price, the VST card is the best value. Throw in some better Granite Digital type cables, two IBM Deskstar 75GXPs, and you've got a fast RAID.

TonyTasty
04-24-2001, 08:52 PM
alrighty. although it pains me to say, ill probably throw the card in my pc first. i still dont have the mac (7300 mebe?), and i need to take care of this piece of crap first. (Hewlett Crappard) Thanks , though. i didnt know macs were currently restricted to ata/66

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Mactacular
04-24-2001, 08:54 PM
You don't need the Promise ATA card for your PC either, it has built in ATA/66 interface. With your stock drive and an ATA/100 card there is no benefit, the drive you have is ATA/66. Also, as of now there isn't a single ATA drive that can even break the 66MB/sec barrier. That is why there are no ATA/100 cards on the Mac market as of now. There isn't any benefit of getting that card for your PC.

TonyTasty
04-24-2001, 09:00 PM
actually, ive got a dvd-rom, floppy, and hard drive currently using up my channels. id actually rather keep the hard drive the only drive on the one channel, i've read a few articles suggesting you get a little performance boost. im getting a zip drive within the next few weeks, so that screws me over. unless i get the card. i know i dont have to, but still. and i would rather get ata/100, ill be using the card for a while, dont wanna get snagged on ata/66 a while down the road

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Mactacular
04-24-2001, 09:03 PM
Floppies don't use ATA channels, they use a separate Floppy controller.

TonyTasty
04-24-2001, 09:08 PM
Point taken
still though, any suggestions? id like to have ata/100 standards if only to have them. ill be tacking a few drives in sooner or later, including a hard drive and the zip.
sorry to bring a quasy pc issue into the forum, thanks for the help anyway

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[This message has been edited by TonyTasty (edited 24 April 2001).]

Mactacular
04-24-2001, 09:28 PM
Currently, no single ATA drive actually hit the 66MB/sec mark, so ATA/100 is pointless till a fast enough drive is made. By that time, if you really need an ATA/100 card it will be much cheaper.

Dogbert
04-25-2001, 01:05 PM
But you will get snagged down the road if you expect to bring that ATA/100 card with the PC ROMs and make it work in your next Mac. It won't work under OS8/9, though there may be a way to trick it to work under X. If you can write your own driver for it.

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Mactacular
04-25-2001, 06:05 PM
Some people are actually buying the Promise ATA/66 card, and putting on Mac ROM and soldering on some transistors or something. Someone is selling the Promise Mac hacked cards on eBay all the time. It's really not worth it, for the same card, that works right out of the box on your Mac, bundled with SoftRAID, it's around $89.