2x PCI-E 3.0 x16 slots - Function as: 16/NA or 8/8
3x PCI-E 2.0 x1 (in x4) slots
2x PCI 5V 32-bit slots
available for expansion.
My case can physically fit up to 74 hard drives, but my motherboard has only 8 SATAIII connectors.
What can I do to connect many more hard drives? What kind of controllers/RAID cards can I use?
RAID support and speed are nice, but not necessarily as important to me as just the number of additional connections. It is absolutely essential that if they are cards, they support drives larger than 2tb. I heard that some don't.
Did I mess up and should have gotten a motherboard with SAS connectors if I want this many connections?
What about 2 similar boxes, instead of trying to cram everything into one box? 8 SATA drives each.
16 drives x 3TB each - 1 each for an OS....
14 data drives = 42TB of free space.
How much 'stuff' are you looking at having?
I know it's probably more than I need, but I just want to know what I can do to connect more hard drives because right now there are only eight SATA connections on the motherboard and I know at some point I'll want more hard drives. Buying a whole new motherboard and making a second computer to just add eight more connections doesn't make sense if there is some way I can connect more hard drives to this one.
I was looking at mini-SAS to 4x SATA fanout cables. How would I use one of those? Would I buy a RAID card with internal mini-SAS and those? If I had bought a motherboard with built in SAS, would I be able to just use the fanout cables, or is SAS different from mini-SAS?
Would any RAID card with mini-SAS that turn into 4x or 8x SATA fit in the smaller PCIe x1 slots or the general PCI slot?