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HDD data cable splitters??

Transit_75

1 month ago

Do SATA data cable splitters exist for situations where you have more SATA storage devices than SATA ports on your mobo?

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  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

No (SATA is a point to point protocol).

You'll need a PCIe board with more SATA connections, and you might wind up using SAS connections and buying SAS-SATA adapter cables. One "quick and dirty" method I used for grabbing two more SATA ports on my motherboard was to buy a PCIe NVMe port: using the NVMe port on my motherboard disabled SATA ports 5-6 (this is an AMD 450B motherboard).

This is commonly discussed over on https://www.reddit.com/r/DataHoarder/

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Aiight cool, thank you :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Or you use usb 3 external.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

True but not the ideal solution, thank you though :)

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

Ooohh I like this idea! Thank you very much!

It's basically a repurposed Define R6 that's going to be a basement media server stuffed with (qty: 8) 10TB HDDs, that all the household family members can access for movies, netflix, photos, etc. It won't have a dedicated GPU but will utilize a CPU with integrated graphics (APU??). Everyone here already has a laptop or PC so this isn't a typical use system. Since most mobos only have 6 SATA ports and the case can hold up to 11 HDDs, I've been trying to figure this out.

  • 1 month ago
  • 1 point

It does lack hardware raid but if you use freenas for the server you can still use a software raid on them. With 8 drives I would consider Raid 5 or 6. Though you do not need a home storage server for netflix as that is a streaming service.

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