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Topic # 157638 8-Dec-2014 08:06
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so im contemplating adding a few more hard disks to my set up but i only have 1SATA 3 port - can i get extra ports somehow?

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  Reply # 1190330 8-Dec-2014 08:47
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1) Get a SATA card (something like this, but this was just a random find, it's not a specific recommendation)
2) Put them in a NAS - even over gigabit this will have more latency and less throughput, but is fine for things like media
3) Put them into USB3 enclosures - this has the downside of more cables, more power supplies, and lower reliability due to heat, vibration, and the risk of dropping them




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  Reply # 1190331 8-Dec-2014 08:48
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Yes in theory you can get a pci sata controller, I havn't seen one in years however and im not sure if they are still made.

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  Reply # 1190332 8-Dec-2014 08:49
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You just need a SATA controller for your computer. These are relatively inexpensive for two or four port cards without and RAID functionality. At the high end, I've also seen forty port cards.

E.g. http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=ADPSTL23244

This adds up to four drives to your system (note, it is only 4 channel, even though it has six ports).

For SATA III support, look for 6Gb/s cards.

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