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The  Atom Gigabyte GA-D510UD mobo in my daughter's v1 server has a bad SATA port. Here's the question: should I buy a SATA card for its PCI (not pcie) slot, or should I look at replacing the board?  The replacement must be mini ITX as that's the only size that'll fit the case - PC-Q09.  Overall, the performance has been solid and trouble-free so upgrading for better performance is not a motivating factor here.


In the meantime, I've moved the affected drive over to a working port and the server is back up and running.  Honestly, it makes me nervous when components start failing on a motherboard, though I realize it might continue to work for years without additional problems/failures. 


What do you think?

  • Do nothing? It is working fine right now.
  • Install a PCI SATA card (again, PCIe not an option)
  • replace the mobo (mini-itx)

Thanks all!

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