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Looking for a cheap SATA/SAS card

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I just recently bought a server, and my motherboard doesn't have enough ports to support all the drives I want it to. I am looking for a controller card for SATA, with 8 ports. SAS would be fine, too as they are compatible. RAID is nice, but not necessairy. Also, they must be WHS compatible.

How do these look? Which one would you get?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100007607%20600022672&IsNodeId=1&bop=And&ShowDeactivatedMark=False&CompareItemList=410|16-101-358^16-101-358-S01,16-115-057^16-115-057-S01,16-115-079^16-115-079-TS

Thanks
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Bampp!
post #3 of 7
I think the recommended RAID card on OCN is the Dell PERC 5/i card, which can be had from Ebay for $100 or so. See the thread here for a full background:

http://www.overclock.net/raid-controllers-software/359025-perc-5-i-raid-card-tips.html

If you snoop around the OCN Marketplace, there's an excellent chance you'll find one for $100. Not sure about WHS compatibility, though...
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I was looking around on the internet, and it seems that the PERC 5/i isn't too great with intel chipsets. would it be fine with my board?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813130254&Tpk=760GM-E51
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You might want to consider the IBM ServeRAID M1015 SAS HBA. It supports up 8 SATA or SAS drives. According to what I have read, you'll have to flash it with LSI firmware to get it to operate in JBOD mode. Otherwise, it supports RAID 0, 1 and 10 out of the box.

They go for around £70 on eBay.
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Of the options you mention the Supermicro is the only card I would consider. I also wouldn't use a PERC 5/i or 6/i (no JBOD mode), but the Dell SAS 5/iR (only 4 drives, but VERY cheap), SAS 6/iR or PERC H200 would be a good choice. Or the IBM card above or any of the other OEM versions of it (that and the PERC H200 are the same card, and I believe there are also cheap Intel and Fujitsu versions of the same too). HP also have the SC44Ge or SC40Ge (only 4 internal drives each) for cheap.

Lots of options - all very cheap on eBay if you know what you're looking for.
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Is IBM ServeRAID M1015 SAS RAID support HP Expander??
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