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Connecting multiple hard drives

Last response: in Storage
February 6, 2012 5:22:00 AM

Hi all.

I have a question on storage methods. To many drives but not enough SATA ports on my board.
SSo what I want to do is try connect multiple drives with one SATA cable, Is that possible or not yet?
As far as I know SATA cables are point to point, but is there another way to connect multiple SATA HDD's on one SATA cable (Like IDE for example).
I have enough space in my case for all the drives and it gets irritating to switch cables everytime. Dont care much about transfer speed.

Thanks in advance.
a b G Storage
February 6, 2012 5:27:58 AM

No, not possible to daisy-chain(2 or more on one cable) with SATA.

You will have to get a PCI/PCI-Express SATA expansion card.

a c 85 G Storage
February 6, 2012 12:49:55 PM

Or get an exteral drive bay for USB or eSata or a NAS.
a b G Storage
February 6, 2012 1:14:41 PM

You can use a SATA port multiplier if your controller supports it. However, many controller don't support port multiplier since this is not a standard for SATA specification.

The safest external option is to get a multi bay NAS or enclosure (for enclosure, use USB 3.0 and/or eSATA connection to avoid bandwidth problem). Safest internal option is to buy PCIe SATA controller card.