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alan2k

New install of a NL40 (actually bought it during the sales!). I want to add extra storage. What eSata card would you suggest for this device? It doesn't have to support Raid, just port multiplier as I'm using FlexRaid.

 

Thanks, Alan

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ikon

I have a basic StarTech eSATA card in my WHS2011; it's worked just fine. And, for $30, it is port multiplier aware.

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pcdoc

My input is not to use eSata and go with USB 3. Much more reliable...

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ikon

if your mobo has USB3 I agree with pcdoc, use it. If you would have to use an add-in card to get USB3, I would be tempted to go with eSATA after all. The reason is that I've tried a few different USB3 add-in cards and they have not worked out very well.

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pcdoc

if your mobo has USB3 I agree with pcdoc, use it. If you would have to use an add-in card to get USB3, I would be tempted to go with eSATA after all. The reason is that I've tried a few different USB3 add-in cards and they have not worked out very well.

 

That makes both of our suggestions cancel out as I have had the opposite. Net advice = 0. We will need an independent vote. :D

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yodafett

External SAS to MSA connector but that just the geek speeking otherwise get a drobo with esata and you wont need to port multiplier

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ikon

I have one of the WD USB3 cards but, unfortunately, I've got nothing to use it in ATM. Hopefully, being from WD, they perform better than the others I've tested. Also, HighPoint has one that may be worth a look.

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alan2k

Well, an interesting discussion. The NL40 doesn't have built-in USB 3.0 of course. I do have a USB3.0 in my desktop and I'm not happy with the performance (don't ask me which card, it's been a while).

 

Question, pcdoc, oh great HSS Master!, what box are you using with your Startech. Most of the boxes are 4-bay, but I would love to have a 5-bay of which it looks like the only one really available is the Sans Digital which actually comes with a RR622 card (highpoint), but there is a lot of messages on their forum about the box reseting under heavy write conditions. Since I'm storing TV shows & such off my Tivo (and I don't believe in deleting anything!), they are many and big.

 

I was looking at the Startech actually, but wasn't sure about the quality. Have you tried 2 of them (I want to go big). This server is replace my current setup that eats watts (4 dell md1000 SAS chasis on Dell Perc 6e controller Windows 2008 box).

 

Just for fun, I also have a Synology DS1511+ with a DS511 expansion unit.

 

Thanks guys. Enjoy the show and the suggestions!

Alan

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ikon

That makes both of our suggestions cancel out as I have had the opposite. Net advice = 0. We will need an independent vote. :D

 

You mean you've had good success with Renesas/NEC-based cards?

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