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7. Controllers (hard drive)

Enhanced IDE (EIDE) interfaces are supported, including support for UDMA and ATA/33, ATA/66, and so on for some controllers and compatible drives. Linux will detect these IDE interfaces:

Please see the IDE RAID controller section for information on IDE controllers with hardware RAID support.

Linux will work with standard IDE, MFM and RLL controllers. When using MFM/RLL controllers it is important to use ext2fs and the bad block checking options when formatting the disk.

ESDI controllers that emulate the ST-506 (MFM/RLL/IDE) interface will also work. The bad block checking comment also applies to these controllers.

Generic 8 bit XT controllers also work.

7.1. Alpha, Beta drivers

  • UMC 8672 interfaces (experimental in kernel 2.2)

  • Promise DC4030VL caching interface card (experimental support in kernel 2.2)