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Windows 7: SATA Mobo cluster full. What are my options for more ports?


10 Jul 2012   #1

Home 7 64 on Alienware and Asus. W8 on Lenovo.
 
 
SATA Mobo cluster full. What are my options for more ports?

My Asus Crosshair IV SATA cluster is full. 2 SSD's, 3 HDD's and 1 of 2 Blueray drives connected. Need to connect at least 2 more SATA devices and power them. I have a open E1 sata port that is separate from the 6 port cluster but I believe that is for optical drives only, which would help with the 2 of 2 Blueray I believe but I still need a solution so I can connect a third SSD.
Even though I do have another set of SATA power connectors they may not reach spot where SSD will be. Any way to power a SATA device separate from power supply?

Best options if any?

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10 Jul 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Honestly, your best option for simplicity and performance is to simplify. That's a crazy amount of drives to have in one system. If that was my system, I'd leave one SSD, and then add in 2 2 TB drives, or set up a cheap WHS box to store much of my data that isn't needed on a daily basis.
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10 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

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10 Jul 2012   #4

Home 7 64 on Alienware and Asus. W8 on Lenovo.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Honestly, your best option for simplicity and performance is to simplify. That's a crazy amount of drives to have in one system. If that was my system, I'd leave one SSD, and then add in 2 2 TB drives, or set up a cheap WHS box to store much of my data that isn't needed on a daily basis.
Interesting. I had no idea what a WHS was until I just looked now. Can the separate server pc which I assume is just running multiple HDs be connected to my main pc so I have 24/7 access to those drives?
I definitely need access to all of those drives on a daily basis.
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10 Jul 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by psychotron View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Honestly, your best option for simplicity and performance is to simplify. That's a crazy amount of drives to have in one system. If that was my system, I'd leave one SSD, and then add in 2 2 TB drives, or set up a cheap WHS box to store much of my data that isn't needed on a daily basis.
Interesting. I had no idea what a WHS was until I just looked now. Can the separate server pc which I assume is just running multiple HDs be connected to my main pc so I have 24/7 access to those drives?
I definitely need access to all of those drives on a daily basis.
If you need constant fast access to the drives, might as well just keep them in your main box.
My mobo has 8 sata ports and I needed 1 more so bought a cheap sata 3 2 port pcie 1x
card for $20 at Amazon.

WHS machine is going to cost at least $300.

They make molex to sata power cables, so you can extend it a few inches.
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10 Jul 2012   #6

Home 7 64 on Alienware and Asus. W8 on Lenovo.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
Well if I grabbed some longer sata cables and used this for my two larger HDD drives which are installed in the front of my pc it would definitely work. I see the 2.0 would limit the 6gb speeds therefore I wouldn't want any ssd's connected to them. I will look at these pci-s slot solutions, had no idea they existed for sata connections. Thanks
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10 Jul 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I can't imagine needing that much storage on a daily basis. People who do, like content creators, usually end up with an external drive cage/array, like a NAS unit, but not one that sits on a network. Those can be connected by an eSATA port and provide quick access to a large amount of storage.

That being said, how do you have all that data backed up? If it's that important to you to need daily, you should have a solid backup device as well.
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10 Jul 2012   #8

Home 7 64 on Alienware and Asus. W8 on Lenovo.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by psychotron View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Honestly, your best option for simplicity and performance is to simplify. That's a crazy amount of drives to have in one system. If that was my system, I'd leave one SSD, and then add in 2 2 TB drives, or set up a cheap WHS box to store much of my data that isn't needed on a daily basis.
Interesting. I had no idea what a WHS was until I just looked now. Can the separate server pc which I assume is just running multiple HDs be connected to my main pc so I have 24/7 access to those drives?
I definitely need access to all of those drives on a daily basis.
If you need constant fast access to the drives, might as well just keep them in your main box.
My mobo has 8 sata ports and I needed 1 more so bought a cheap sata 3 2 port pcie 1x
card for $20 at Amazon.

WHS machine is going to cost at least $300.
Good stuff. Any particular brand that has best performance? My main concern is obtaining true fast speeds for ssd's. I am definitely going this route, checking out amazon now. Thanks
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10 Jul 2012   #9

Home 7 64 on Alienware and Asus. W8 on Lenovo.
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
I can't imagine needing that much storage on a daily basis. People who do, like content creators, usually end up with an external drive cage/array, like a NAS unit, but not one that sits on a network. Those can be connected by an eSATA port and provide quick access to a large amount of storage.

That being said, how do you have all that data backed up? If it's that important to you to need daily, you should have a solid backup device as well.
All my very important files are stored online.
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10 Jul 2012   #10

Home 7 64 on Alienware and Asus. W8 on Lenovo.
 
 

Thanks for all the help everyone. I'll be checking back here for replies daily. Peace
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