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I'm looking to add more storage to a server that I'm looking to switch over to run freeNAS. I want to be able to add additional drives to my server without them raided or in JBOD. I want them to appear just like native drives on a consumer motherboard.

I currently run Dell PERC5i's for my raid, but again I want freeNAS to manage everything without the interface of a RAID card.

I'm looking into expander cards but I'm not entirety certain one will work the way I'm hoping.

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are they formatted in ZFS or UFS?

FREENAS sees it either way (AUTOMATIC MOUNT)...if not it will advise you to choose a drive format (all contents to be deleted)

Just highlight 1 drive vs multi....ez peezy
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I wanted to use ZFS and have Freenas manage via it's versions of raid without interference from the controller card. My current motherboard currently had six ports on board and I'm hoping to at least get twice that via using the PCIe bus. I've backed up my 4x2TB Raid 5 to 3x1TB Stripe so that i can re purpose the 4x2tb into the FreeNas box.

I think I'm not being clear. I want to add more physical discs to the server beyond what the motherboard can support and without having them in in a raid or a raid card doing any processing.
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FREENAS sees all the drives regardless the hardware its stuck on...it will go by the name:drive:model:size all on a list

Best way is to start playing with it maybe via a VM ? familiarize yourself with the gui....its somewhat idiot proof on the mounting process...

Im assuming the backed up info is in UFS format? (CANNOT SPEAK OF MOUNTING AN EXISTING UFS RAID ON THE NEW 9.2 VERSION OF FREENAS)

Your 4x2TB Raid can easily be mounted/configured to do ZFS (FREENAS is suppose to pick the best config when you do...re:ZFS RAIDZ setup...also to add pools)

I am currently running a FREENAS box with a 1 drive ZFS (non optimal setup) and soon to add more drives on a separate pool.

and then again...You are best to browse their forums (DOCS WIKI) as the information there is readily available...
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I still don't think I'm being clear.

You know how a RAID card adds additional ports to support more hard drive inside a computer. FOr example the Abit IP35Pro motherboard I'm currently running for my file server and VMWare server has six on-board SATA ports. When i add my Dell PERCi5 PCIe RAID card it gives me 8 more additional ports that I can now populate with additional drives.

I want something i can add to a PCIe slot to increase the number of available SATA ports with out the controller card trying to raid them or me having to configure them in JBOD. I would like direct pass through just like the ones directly on the board as I've read to take full advantage of FreeNAS this is what you want.

Is this called an expander card or what should I be looking for to do this?

My current Server case has 12 x 3.5" hard drive bays and 7 x 5.25" Optical bays that I'm going to convert to hold 3.5" drives.

I hope this is more clear.
 
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IBM Serveraid M1015 is probably the most popular HBA used with ZFS based solutions (like FreeNAS). It has mSAS ports, but will connect 8 SATA or SAS drives, without RAID functionality. This is what you want.
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What do you think of this adapter:


LSI LSI00244 (9201-16i)
 
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post #9 of 11
Supermicro AOC-SAS2LP-MV8

check the above one out, it's used in the 117TB Unraid build and it seems like a very good option.
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LSI LSI00244 isn't a bad HBA, but you could get 3 Supermicro AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 for the price. If you have the PCIe slots available, I'd recommend 2 of the Supermicro or 2 of the IBM M1015.

If money is no object, then go for that LSI.
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