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Straight out of sata ports

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey, so I have been low on storage space for quite some time now, and I have been looking into getting more. My problem is that I am out of SATA ports, and upgrading my drives would not make a lot of sense.
Currently have two 750 GB SSD's, one 3 TB HDD, and one 4 TB HDD (only have 4 SATA ports). Normally, I would get a SATA card and be done with it, but I have some different options available, and figured I would swing it past the experts.

I am able to get 4-10 (used) high capacity SAS drives very cheaply, besides that, I also have three 120 GB SSD's that I took out of my rig when I upgraded to higher capacity drives. Purpose wise, the vast majority of space is currently taken up by videogames, and it will be the same for future drives as well (I have a pretty slow connection, and upgrading it would be so much more expensive than buying some high capacity hard drives). 

So I was wondering if there was a way to use SAS drives in my system (perhaps making something like a NAS, but having it connect to my PC instead), or if I would still be better off by just sticking to a card that increases my SATA ports and then picking some SATA drives? Location is UK.

Thank you in advance :)

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1 minute ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

You can get a sas hba to easily add more sas drives. Get something like a dell h200 or lsi 92011-8i. 

Was just about to post the same :)

 

I prefer using my LSI HBA card anyway, with breakout cables, I have nothing plugged into my SATA ports now. Also the HBA still has one whole 8087 slot free, so enough for another 4 SATA drives there, plus the SATA ports not being used on the mobo now leaves a LOT of expansion options.


Please quote my post, or put @paddy-stone if you want me to respond to you.

https://www.dictionary.com/  is good for helping with spelling, if you care.

 

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  • Main PC build  https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/GZWxgJ
  • ASUS x53e  - i7 2670QM / Sony BD writer x8 / Win 10, Elemetary OS, Ubuntu/ Samsung 830 SSD
  • Lenovo G50 - 8Gb RAM - Samsung 860 Evo 250GB SSD - DVD writer
  • Displays:-
  • Philips 55 OLED 754 model
  • Panasonic 55" 4k TV
  • LG 29" Ultrawide
  • Philips 24" 1080p monitor as backup
  • Storage/NAS/Servers:-
  • ESXI/test build  https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/4wyR9G
  • Main Server https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/3Qftyk
  • Backup server - HP Proliant Gen 8 4 bay NAS running FreeNAS ZFS striped 3x3TiB WD reds
  • HP ProLiant G6 Server SE316M1 Twin Hex Core Intel Xeon E5645 2.40GHz 48GB RAM
  • Gaming/Tablets etc:-
  • Xbox One S 500GB + 2TB HDD
  • PS4
  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Xiaomi/Pocafone F1 128GB 6GB RAM
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Lenovo k3 note
  • Windows tablet
  • Unused Hardware currently :-
  • i7 6700K  b250 mobo - Thermaltake Core V21-  EVGA Supernova G2 650W Gold PSU
  • AMD phenom II 1055t / 8GB RAM / DVD writer
  • Zotac GTX 1060 6GB Amp! edition x2
  • Zotac GTX 1050 mini
  • Nvidia Shield K1 tablet

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 minutes ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

You can get a sas hba to easily add more sas drives. Get something like a dell h200 or lsi 92011-8i. 

 

1 minute ago, paddy-stone said:

Was just about to post the same :)

 

I prefer using my LSI HBA card anyway, with breakout cables, I have nothing plugged into my SATA ports now. Also the HBA still has one whole 8087 slot free, so enough for another 4 SATA drives there, plus the SATA ports not being used on the mobo now leaves a LOT of expansion options.

Would you mind please posting links? Googling a bit, but there are different results shown, at vastly different prices, and I know next to nothing about HBA cards.

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2 minutes ago, cummerou1 said:

 

Would you mind please posting links? Googling a bit, but there are different results shown, at vastly different prices, and I know next to nothing about HBA cards.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dell-Perc-H310-8-Port-6Gb-s-SAS-Server-Adapter-Raid-Controller-Card/193414275877?hash=item2d0863a325:g:xcAAAOSwxdVejNev

 

Its a dell rebraneded one. Thats what id get.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
Just now, Electronics Wizardy said:

Sorry if a stupid question, but again, I know next to nothing about this. 
So functionality wise, how would it work? Let's say I buy this card and plug it in, do I just use some SAS cables to connect it to the card, similarly to what I would do to a SATA card?

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Just now, cummerou1 said:

Sorry if a stupid question, but again, I know next to nothing about this. 
So functionality wise, how would it work? Let's say I buy this card and plug it in, do I just use some SAS cables to connect it to the card, similarly to what I would do to a SATA card?

Yepm, just put in a pcie slot, plug the sas cables to something and the drive will show up in your system like any other hdd.

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Please quote my post, or put @paddy-stone if you want me to respond to you.

https://www.dictionary.com/  is good for helping with spelling, if you care.

 

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  • PCs:-
  • Main PC build  https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/GZWxgJ
  • ASUS x53e  - i7 2670QM / Sony BD writer x8 / Win 10, Elemetary OS, Ubuntu/ Samsung 830 SSD
  • Lenovo G50 - 8Gb RAM - Samsung 860 Evo 250GB SSD - DVD writer
  • Displays:-
  • Philips 55 OLED 754 model
  • Panasonic 55" 4k TV
  • LG 29" Ultrawide
  • Philips 24" 1080p monitor as backup
  • Storage/NAS/Servers:-
  • ESXI/test build  https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/4wyR9G
  • Main Server https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/3Qftyk
  • Backup server - HP Proliant Gen 8 4 bay NAS running FreeNAS ZFS striped 3x3TiB WD reds
  • HP ProLiant G6 Server SE316M1 Twin Hex Core Intel Xeon E5645 2.40GHz 48GB RAM
  • Gaming/Tablets etc:-
  • Xbox One S 500GB + 2TB HDD
  • PS4
  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Xiaomi/Pocafone F1 128GB 6GB RAM
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Lenovo k3 note
  • Windows tablet
  • Unused Hardware currently :-
  • i7 6700K  b250 mobo - Thermaltake Core V21-  EVGA Supernova G2 650W Gold PSU
  • AMD phenom II 1055t / 8GB RAM / DVD writer
  • Zotac GTX 1060 6GB Amp! edition x2
  • Zotac GTX 1050 mini
  • Nvidia Shield K1 tablet

 

 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 hour ago, paddy-stone said:

Any major differences between the two? They look pretty similar. 

Do you know if those cables would work for the other one as well (I can see they are called "mini", and googling for SAS cables brings up a lot of different ones.

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17 hours ago, cummerou1 said:

Any major differences between the two? They look pretty similar. 

Do you know if those cables would work for the other one as well (I can see they are called "mini", and googling for SAS cables brings up a lot of different ones.

They do the same job, and yes they are the same ports on both cards SFF-8087 IIRC... and the cables are often referred as "breakout cables", or SFF-8087 to 4x SATA cables.


Please quote my post, or put @paddy-stone if you want me to respond to you.

https://www.dictionary.com/  is good for helping with spelling, if you care.

 

Spoiler
  • PCs:-
  • Main PC build  https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/GZWxgJ
  • ASUS x53e  - i7 2670QM / Sony BD writer x8 / Win 10, Elemetary OS, Ubuntu/ Samsung 830 SSD
  • Lenovo G50 - 8Gb RAM - Samsung 860 Evo 250GB SSD - DVD writer
  • Displays:-
  • Philips 55 OLED 754 model
  • Panasonic 55" 4k TV
  • LG 29" Ultrawide
  • Philips 24" 1080p monitor as backup
  • Storage/NAS/Servers:-
  • ESXI/test build  https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/4wyR9G
  • Main Server https://uk.pcpartpicker.com/list/3Qftyk
  • Backup server - HP Proliant Gen 8 4 bay NAS running FreeNAS ZFS striped 3x3TiB WD reds
  • HP ProLiant G6 Server SE316M1 Twin Hex Core Intel Xeon E5645 2.40GHz 48GB RAM
  • Gaming/Tablets etc:-
  • Xbox One S 500GB + 2TB HDD
  • PS4
  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Xiaomi/Pocafone F1 128GB 6GB RAM
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
  • Lenovo k3 note
  • Windows tablet
  • Unused Hardware currently :-
  • i7 6700K  b250 mobo - Thermaltake Core V21-  EVGA Supernova G2 650W Gold PSU
  • AMD phenom II 1055t / 8GB RAM / DVD writer
  • Zotac GTX 1060 6GB Amp! edition x2
  • Zotac GTX 1050 mini
  • Nvidia Shield K1 tablet

 

 

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