So I'm interested in trying to set-up a modest and basic FreeNAS system at home, and I'm going to use an old P4 i found, with a few old harddrives I have laying around for the learning experience.
I wanted to know what determines the max number of drives I can have in my system. If I were to change the cables to allow more would the motherboard accept this or is it a limitation of the motherboard and PSU?
I'm still learning and would appreciate any help anyone might have
The more modern, and faster, drives use the SATA interface. The cable is heavier and only has seven pins, and only one can be connected to each port on the motherboard. The cable looks like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168... , although the connectors at the end may have a right-angle bend.
So your motherboard can accomodate two IDE drives per IDE port, and one SATA drive per SATA port. If I knew what the motherboard model is, I could look up how many ports it has of what type.
You could always buy an add-in controller to run more drives if you need to.