[svlug] Multi drive PCI SATA card or 6 port SATA motherboard

Scott Hess scott at doubleu.com
Sun Mar 12 21:38:27 PST 2006


On 3/12/06, Marc MERLIN <marc_news at merlins.org> wrote:
> Interestingly enough, when reading on the subject, I ended up on Rick's page :)
> http://linuxmafia.com/faq/Hardware/sata.html
> Anyway, my problem is the following:
> I would like to plug 5 and later 10 SATA drives into a system that has PCI
> (not PCI-e), and no on board SATA support.
> Cards that support more than 4 SATA drives seem to require expensive
> infiniband cables to go to 4 drives each, like this one:
> It doesn't look like there is such a thing as a 6 port card (is there?)
> I have also yet to find a 12 port card, which would be ideal, even if I have
> to take the infiniband cable penalty.

I might be misunderstanding something.  I went to newegg, chose
"Computer Hardware/Hard Drives", then "Controllers", which got me to


>From there, you can set PCI w/SATA, which will let you quickly dig
down to multiport controllers.


8-port 3ware controller, looks like it includes cables, $500.


8-port Adaptec card, again looks like it includes cables, again just
south of $500.


$715 version of Adaptec card, with 16 cables :-).


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