Graeme Dargie wrote:
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From: Elliot Finley [] Why not just upgrade to 7-Stable and then use these:

they cost less than port multipliers. They don't do RAID, but then if you're on 7-Stable, you can use ZFS zraid.

In then end I trumped for a new motherboard with 6 sata ports on it and
it is running 6 x 500gb drives in a ZFS array just perfectly.



Thanks all,

I probably should have given a little more background. My current setup involves a 6xSATA port motherboard, with 5 media storage drives in a 2x500Gb gmirrored for music, photos and homedirs; 3x1Gb with indepdent filesystems overlayed using symlinks for dvds. There isn't really any space in left in the case for many external drives, and certainly not to make them externally available, hence I was looking at external storage solutions.

There's one PCIe x16 port,and one PCIe x1 port, and I don't think that an additional 8 drives will prove sufficient in the long term, hence the use of port multipliers quite appealed, giving me a potential total of 20 drives. I would probably go for something like,, with 4x the aforementioned devices installed, and unless I'm missing something, the port multipliers themselves seem quite cheap:

I was always intending to use software raid, although I've yet to decide over ZFS, or multiple graid5s (groups of 5 disks) gconcated together as I buy additional sets of disks. If sufficiently stable, ZFS does quite appeal.


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