On Tue, 24 Oct 2000 19:48:25 -0500, "Jorge Alvarez"
>For the first time, I need to install Linux using a SCSI hard drive and
>controller on a Pentium III based server. I have installed Linux on many IDE
>drives in the past, but never on SCSI hardware.
>I find the process intimidating. Is this an easy task? Could someone please
>recommend me a proven controller/hard drive SCSI combo solution that works
>great with Linux? I need a HD of 20GB approx. I would like the controller/HD
>to be recognized and configured by the Linux installation process, as I do
>not know how to install linux drivers by hand. Hope I am not asking too
If you are going to install SuSE Linux, look at SuSE's
documentation/website. Find out what hardware they are supporting.
There is no sense me recommending controller XYZ which works on my
Gleeble distribution of Linux when you decide to run the Bleech
distribution and it doesn't have precompiled support for XYZ. (Note:
XYZ, Gleeble and Bleech are all imaginary names, they don't exist.)
In the SCSI world, the best price/performance on disks seems to come
at: 4.5, 9, 18, 36, ... GB So, an 18 GB disk would probably be the
best bargain. I've had good luck with Quantum at 5400, 7200 and
10,000 rpm (9GB drives), IBM and Fujitsu drives at 4.5 or smaller. My
controller is a little old, an Intraserver running a Symbios 53C875
(not sure actual model, 53C8xx anyway) chipset. Buslogic support
seems to be pretty good (I also have a small/cheap Buslogic controller
for scanner/zip), but it doesn't get much exercise. With Adaptec
being such a huge manufacturer, they probably would be good choices.
Just don't choose the newest board on the block, it may only have
Windoze support at this time.