I’m currently running a Windows 10 server that used to be a gaming PC but I’ve since converted into a full-time media/backup server. It uses this motherboard and as you can imagine I quickly used up all the onboard SATA ports so a couple years ago I installed this controller to add some more ports. This has done the job for me until now with some minor inconveniences along the way, but I stuck with it because I planned to expand and address these issues eventually.
Now that I’m approaching capacity on the installed drives, I’m thinking about how I can add more drives to my build. Fortunately, I did move my build into a 4U rack some time ago so I do have empty slots for more hard drives (just not enough SATA ports!). I’m wondering if it’s possible for me to install the SAS controller described in the DAS expansion guide which would then allow me to:
- add more drives
- get rid of some SATA cables and use SAS connectors instead