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whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby osity » 12.02.18, 23:14

Of course I could use 8 HDD docs but that's a bit nuts.

I was thinking of using a PCI-e 6 port SATA controller and two onboard SATA controllers. Or I could go with 2X 4 port controllers.
If this is a good approach, can anyone recommend a reliable controller? I've heard bad things about SYBA.


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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby thatdellguy » 13.02.18, 01:15

LSI SAS 9211-8i


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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby osity » 13.02.18, 01:31

I noticed that one has RAID.... Is there a non raid version?
In the pic it doesn't show 8 ports. I'm assuming I can just not use the RAID function?


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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby thatdellguy » 13.02.18, 01:44

Can be flashed into IT mode.

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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby Blizzard » 13.02.18, 02:14

osity wrote:Source of the post...In the pic it doesn't show 8 ports.
Look for a mini-SAS to 4x SATA cable.


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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby osity » 13.02.18, 03:07

Oh the connecters on the card are mini SAS?
So I guess you don’t get any cables with it.
it sounds like I would need the card and two mini Sas to 4x SATA cables... :umnik:

I just ordered it with the a bunch of cables. Thank you!
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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby thatdellguy » 13.02.18, 06:28

1. card
2. flash to IT mode.
3. two sets of cables.


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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby osity » 13.02.18, 07:33

That card is a beast... it can handle 256 drives :)


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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby AJ2008 » 13.02.18, 11:51

It needs to be HBA card not RAID controller - RAID controller often will not mount drives unless they are an active RAID configured by the card. HBA will simply mount them as individual disks.


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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby lcoughey » 13.02.18, 16:54

Any of the Microsemi HBA 1000 Series adapters should do the trick - https://www.microsemi.com/product-direc ... 60-hba1000

If you are looking for a short-term quick and dirty approach, another alternative is an 8 port USB3/eSATA hotswap enclosure by Startech - https://www.startech.com/HDD/Enclosures ... 358BU33ERM


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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby osity » 16.02.18, 17:20

It seems flashing to IT mode was unnecessary.

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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby Amarbir[CDR-Labs] » 25.02.18, 11:01

Well,
A HBA SAS with Card To SATA Cables .Or a SAS Raid card that can be flashed to HBA
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Re: whats' the easiest way to connect 8 drives to a PC?

Postby drdoc » 05.03.18, 20:49

startech 8 drive enclosure - $391

or

or couple of 5 port stat multiplier cards on ebay $17 each....

you know, sata is cascadeable, you plug your sata cable into the port multiplier and it becomes 5 sata ports.

you need the appropriate sata controller - but I think its standard with all the recent (last few years) sata cards, check your sata specs.
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