I have a issue where I need to connect 24 SATA HDD to the motherboard but doesn't want RAID. Is it possible to connect the HDDs to the RAID Controller without activating RAID, Will I be able to view them as seperate HDDs in My Computer?
Appreciate any suggessions.
This is rather easy and cheap too...
USB3.0 Single cable - limited bandwidth to 5.0Gb/s if speed is not an issue
USB3.0 Host <--> USB3.0 HUB <-- to five -> U3eSATA <--> SPM3726 <--> to HDDs
Or use TWO or more USB3.0 host to increase the bandwidth to 10Gb/s or more
Here are the critical parts the you need:
U3eSATA - USB3.0 adapter supports Port Multiplier allows USB3.0 single cable to see thru Port Multiplier http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Support-Multiplier-Patent-Pending/dp/B005DCCMII/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347475092&sr=1-1&keywords=u3esata
Internal Port Multiplier:http://www.amazon.com/SPM3726-I-SATA-Port-Multiplier-internal/dp/B005G52OD0/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1347475634&sr=1-1&keywords=SPM3726
Keep in mind the concept for the JBOD - i mean true JBOD (just a bunch of drive) not BIG/SPAN that some stupid manufactures refer to as JBOD.
The use the PM bridge and convert it to USB3.0, of course you can use five or six eSATA port that support PM would work the same, but it does requires PM host eSATA/SATA
With USB3.0 pretty much plug and play