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hello everyone. im doing a new build and as a part of that i want to have something like this

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816111177&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleAdwords&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleAdwords-_-pla-_-RAID+Enclosure+%2f+Subsystems-_-N82E16816111177&gclid=COnQr9LWwboCFejm7Aod1k0ArQ

and put 4 3TB hard drives in it. now according to my research i need a motherboard with port multiplier support? or only one drive will show up. as the mITX boards only have on pcie slot for the gpu i cant use something like this:
http://www.datoptic.com/ec/dual-esata-pci-express-x1-lanes-support-port-multiplier-compatible-with-mac-windows-and-linux-422.html

but i have also found things like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-Support-Multiplier-Patent-Pending/dp/B005DCCMII

which im highly skeptical about.

anyways does anyone have any advice of how i can achieve having this large "library" of 12TB and be able to utilize every MB of it on an mITX board?

also this is my board at the moment:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157311

also the first link is not something i NEED to purchase. if there is a better product out there that can accomplish this task im up for any suggestions

also found something like this. of which i can just get some kind of enclosure and wire them all up to this external controller and then to the eSATA port?
Edited by mikex921 - 11/1/13 at 8:39pm
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Umm the board you liked to has 4 SATA ports and says it supports RAID 0/1/5/10. RAID 0 would be risky, as one drive failure results in a failed RAID/lost data. IIRC RAID 5 puts you at 9 GB with the 4 drives and any one drive failing leaves all data intact.

USB to SATA devices can work very well and are very popular (that's what external HDDs are) and new USB 3.0 ones should provide enough bandwidth so as not to bottleneck a normal SATA drive. I think you should read up more on RAID and just keep the drives in your case.

Best of luck!
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Samsun 840 SSD XSPC Rasa Win8 x64 Samsung 23" 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Viewsonic 19" Logitech G110 Rosewill Capstone 750 M Antec 900II 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsGraphics
Phenom 9850 BE @2.7 DFI LANParty DK 790FX-M2RS HD 6770 HD 6770 
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9600 GSO 4GB G.Skill DDR2 1066 750GB Samsung Spinpoint F1 Zalman CNPS9700 
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