Originally Posted by Andy_Steb
But, you do have a spare expander card. looks like you have enough room in that case to put it in there.
I would experiment with running 2 rows on each expander card.
Another option: I saw that they sell that chassis without caddies for super cheap. buy on of those and then pull 2 rows out of yours and stick it in the bare chassis.
This could be a good option, just as a spare too incase something breaks. GOOD IDEA! I might do that. But so far I am getting good speed. I don't have it stuffed full of drives, but there is a few and parity was running update when I left this morning. I'll check on it. My initial impression is it's pretty good. Anything near 100MB/sec I am happy with. I was not really planning on filling up the entire thing anyways, not yet at least.
At some point a second NORCO chassis with two expanders and running half from one and half from the other might make sense too.
I saw this case:
It's on sale for $49 witht the $20 coupon code for Halloween. That plus this $30 SAS expander, a $60 Flashed IBM card, makes the ultimate cheap media server. It's all right there for basically no money. I almost want to grab it, use this supermicro board, and SAS expander, spare PSU I got and try it as a second chassis. I think that could work awesome too.
This is a good expansion option for an all in one PC or desktop or HTPC to. Any x8 slot mobo having machine could run it easily. The external cable plug in makes it easy too, really happy I went that direction.