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Adding more hard drives when out of SATA ports.

I have a mini ITX motherboard and out of ports to plug in hard drives. The case is large enough to hold more.
Are there any solutions out there to add more drive easily?

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I have a mini ITX motherboard and out of ports to plug in hard drives. The case is large enough to hold more.
Are there any solutions out there to add more drive easily?

Thanks
If your ITX board has a PCIe (or even PCI) expansion slot you should be able to add an additional SATA controller.

If your onboard SATA controller supports Port Multipliers then you could use one of those (with reduced performance)

You could also use external USB drives, or possibly rig up some internal USB solutions but those will also have reduced performance as well.

But if you want your drives connected at full speed, you'll need a PCIe (or PCI) expansion slot.

RAID protection is only for failed drives. That's it. It's no replacement for a proper backup.
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A couple of SATA 6Gbps controller PCI Express cards:

- SYBA SY-PEX40039 2-port internal SATA 6.0Gb/s Controller PCI Express 2.0 x1 Card (ASM1061 chip)
- SYBA IO Crest SI-PEX40064 4-port internal SATA 6.0Gb/s Controller PCI Express 2.0 x1 Card (88SE9215 chip)
- Supermicro AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 8-port SAS/SATA 6.0Gb/s Controller PCI Express 2.0 x8 Card (88SE9480 chip); you will need two SFF-8087 to 4 x SATA forward breakout cables (e.g. 3ware CBL-SFF8087OCF-05M)

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Here's a list of SATA controller cards that work with unRAID. They'll work with any OS as long as you have the right drivers:

http://lime-technology.com/forum/ind...?topic=12404.0
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Thanks for all the quick replies! The PCI card looks like the prefect solution for me.
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