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Upgrading Hds but I dont have enough Sata ports

post #1 of 17
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I need to upgrade my hd space. I am currently using all 6 of my sata ports and a new mobo w/ 8 is not an option.
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This is my current Setup:
SATA:
2x320GB SATA RAID0
4x Asus 20x Dvd drives
ATA:
2x 500GB ATA
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I am looking to upgrade to 2x750GB for storage but they will not be in RAID.
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1. Can I just get a RAID card and use them without RAID?
2. Should I get a RAID card and use my 2x320GB on it?
3. What RAID card ~$50 would be good? I know its still software RAID, but I dont have the money for a real controller.
4. What other ideas do you have?
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post #2 of 17
Something like this is your cheapest option. If you're going to do software raid, you might as well leave the 320s on your mobo.
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So, I can pick that up and then run the 2 750GB on them but not in RAID?
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post #4 of 17
uh... what is with the 4 optical drives?
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id put the optical drives on the card
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uh... what is with the 4 optical drives?
Video editing and production. 4 optical drives (cost about $100) is a lot cheaper than a DVD copier ($500+). I burn an image from one HD to two DVD drives and then a copy of that same image from a different HD to the other two DVD drives. I can burn at 14x x4 DVDs

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id put the optical drives on the card
Just 2 of the 4? I dont think it will hurt the performance. but I could be wrong.
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So, I can pick that up and then run the 2 750GB on them but not in RAID?
Correct, no raid with that card. There are cards (like this) that DO have raid on them in that price range, but I can't speak to their quality. You can also choose between PCI and PCI-E depending on which fits your setup better. You can choose to not use the RAID features on any given RAID card.
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Quote:
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Just 2 of the 4? I dont think it will hurt the performance. but I could be wrong.
all of them if you can
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post #9 of 17
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So I think I will just get this and but all my dvd burners on it. Thanks for the help. I will post results once i get them
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