Re: Serial ATA (SATA) for Linux status report

From: Andre Tomt
Date: Wed Dec 03 2003 - 20:05:05 EST

On Thu, 2003-12-04 at 00:36, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> Andre Tomt wrote:
> > One question - with "including hotplug", does that mean some set hotplug
> > standard? Reason I'm asking is, we have a few servers from SuperMicro,
> > with a ICH5R S-ATA controller that claims it's supporting hotplug, but
> > hotplug is not in your ICH5-summary.
> Alas, there is no hotplug support in the ICH5 or ICH5-R SATA hardware.
> One could argue there is "coldplug" support in that hardware -- disable
> the entire interface, including any active devices, then re-enable and
> re-scan -- but it's a bit of a hack. If there's enough demand, I could
> write some code for that. It would involve something like
> # /sbin/sata off
> { plug in or remove a device }
> # /sbin/sata on
> You really, really, really don't want to actually unplug a SATA drive
> while it's active, on ICH5 hardware.

Hmm. There is a backplane involved, that might change things a little.

Quoting the manual:
"A Serial ATA controller is incorporated into the 875P chipset to
provide a two-port Serial ATA subsystem, which is RAID 0 and RAID 1
supported. The Serial ATA drives are hot-swappable units. Note: The
operating system you use must have RAID support to enable the hot-swap
capability and RAID function of the Serial ATA drives."

"The Serial ATA drives plug into a backplane that provides power, drive
ID and bus termination. A RAID controller can be used with the backplane
to provide data security. The operating system you use must have RAID
support to enable the hot-swap capability of the Serial ATA drives."

The wording here is a little confusing, but hot-swap seems to work quite
well with intels windows fakeraid-drivers, at least. One just pushes the
"i'm going to pull you out now"-button on the tray, and pull the drive
tray out. Maybe it triggers an event to the fakeraid-driver, wich then
powers down the bus? black backplane-magic?

Anyways, REAL S-ATA hardware RAID controllers are pretty cheap over here

[trimmed off linux-scsi]

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