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Good evening\\morning,

I am trying to figure out which motherboards have the most SATA 2 ports. Does anyone know of a couple MBs that have at least 8 SATA 2 ports, and that have built in RAID controllers? I already have 2.2 TBs of storage, and I would like to double that, but PCI RAID controllers cost more than it costs to buy a semi-cheap motherboard\\CPU combo, and turn them into a server.

A Little Background: I have a couple of XBOX 360s in my house, that I use as media center extenders to stream TV and movies from my Vista box, but my ASUS Commander only has 6 SATA ports, and I am using one of theme for my Raptor WD1500ADFD-00NLR1, another one for a 20x Lite-On DVD-Rom, and the remaining 4 ports are being used by my four 500GB Maxtor's, which are almost all completely full, thus leaving me with no room for growth or backup.

Thanks in advance for the help, Jon
    
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10 SataII intel 775 raid 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128037

12 SataII amd 1207 raid 0/1/0+1/5 JBOD (gonna need a couple of expensive cpus)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813131146
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Good evening\\morning,

I am trying to figure out which motherboards have the most SATA 2 ports. Does anyone know of a couple MBs that have at least 8 SATA 2 ports, and that have built in RAID controllers? I already have 2.2 TBs of storage, and I would like to double that, but PCI RAID controllers cost more than it costs to buy a semi-cheap motherboard\\CPU combo, and turn them into a server.

A Little Background: I have a couple of XBOX 360s in my house, that I use as media center extenders to stream TV and movies from my Vista box, but my ASUS Commander only has 6 SATA ports, and I am using one of theme for my Raptor WD1500ADFD-00NLR1, another one for a 20x Lite-On DVD-Rom, and the remaining 4 ports are being used by my four 500GB Maxtor's, which are almost all completely full, thus leaving me with no room for growth or backup.

Thanks in advance for the help, Jon
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My Bad, those are server boards.


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Man that was quick. I didn't know that Newegg had those nice advanced search features. Thank you for your help
    
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Bear in mind that these SATA ports may not all be on the same controller, meaning that if you were looking for a single RAID array with 10 drives it may not be possible, except perhaps in doing RAID 0+1.
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I am not tring to make one big drive; two or three arrays will work just fine...
    
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I am not tring to make one big drive; two or three arrays will work just fine...
Just making sure you know this! Often times you have to go to the manufacturer site to figure out how the SATA ports are distributed on the motherboard. For example, the ASUS P5W DH Deluxe has 3 on the ICH7R southbridge, 2 on a Silicon Image controller, and 2 on a JMicron controller (1 of which is eSATA), so the biggest RAID-0 array possible is with 3 drives, and the biggest overall array possible is a 4-drive RAID-0+1. In other words, it offers 6 onboard SATA ports but you really can't utilize more than 4 in a single array.
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The DFI LanParty UT SLI-DR Expert has 8 S-ATA ports... 4 (3.0gb/s) on the nForce controller and 4 (1.5gb/s) on the JMicron.

The nForce controller is hot-swappable, and supports RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 0+1

The JMicron supports all the above and RAID5
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