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hfournier

Thanks for that, I like the idea of using the StarTech PEXSAT32, but it won't work in the Gen 10 Plus. However, after checking that out, I stumbled onto this one:

https://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/HDD-Controllers/SATA-Cards/m2-raid-controller-card~PEXM2SAT3422

PCIe x4, will take 2 M.2 SSDs on the board, supports RAID 1, and provides 2 more SATA ports, so if I want to stick a couple more SSDs in the ODD bay (Gen 10 only) down the road, I'll still have that option. Sounds like a winner?

 

With a pair of: Samsung 860 EVO M.2 250GB SATA M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-N6E250BW), this new config shaves $250 CDN (about 12%) off the previous overall price.

 

Or do you have a better/preferred drive option?

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On 6/27/2020 at 7:03 PM, hfournier said:

And 2 TB Nvme would be a significant price increase.

I did not make it clear that I was thinking of 2 x 2TB SATA SSD's.

Now you have redundancy and costs back in line ...

... but I see you wanted 3TB, so maybe use those spare 1 and 2TB TB disks from the old system, or using the second hand value from the old system go straight to 2 x 4TB SATA SSD?

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7 hours ago, JackoUK said:

I did not make it clear that I was thinking of 2 x 2TB SATA SSD's.

Now you have redundancy and costs back in line ...

... but I see you wanted 3TB, so maybe use those spare 1 and 2TB TB disks from the old system, or using the second hand value from the old system go straight to 2 x 4TB SATA SSD?

 

OK, thanks for clarifying, but even 2TB SATA SSDs are very expensive compared to the spinning disks. The Samsung 860 EVO 2TB SATA is $475 CDN on Amazon, compared to the same size WD Gold at $150. And 4TB SSDs are x2 more expensive, so that's not gonna happen.

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On 6/29/2020 at 7:29 PM, hfournier said:

Thanks for that, I like the idea of using the StarTech PEXSAT32, but it won't work in the Gen 10 Plus. However, after checking that out, I stumbled onto this one:

https://www.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/HDD-Controllers/SATA-Cards/m2-raid-controller-card~PEXM2SAT3422

PCIe x4, will take 2 M.2 SSDs on the board, supports RAID 1, and provides 2 more SATA ports, so if I want to stick a couple more SSDs in the ODD bay (Gen 10 only) down the road, I'll still have that option. Sounds like a winner?

 

With a pair of: Samsung 860 EVO M.2 250GB SATA M.2 Internal SSD (MZ-N6E250BW), this new config shaves $250 CDN (about 12%) off the previous overall price.

 

Or do you have a better/preferred drive option?

That card looks like it meets your needs. One thing to note, it uses the same controller as the MS Gen10, Marvell 88SE9230. The bus on that chip is x2 PCIe version 2.0, so two SATA III SSD's would be able to saturate the bus on the chip. Likely not a concern for the use case you listed. On the MS Gen10 it is a tight fit between the chassis and the top of low profile cards. you may need to get creative with SATA cables to use the two ports on the card.

https://cn.marvell.com/content/dam/marvell/en/public-collateral/storage/marvell-storage-88se92xx-product-brief-2012-04.pdf

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