We have an HP Proliant DL320e running CentOS 6.
We will get SATA hard disks with data in the formats NTFS, FAT, HFS and HFS+ from which we would like to copy the files to the server (read-only), preferably without having to reboot the server each time.
So some data supplier will mail us a hard disk, we connect it to the server, read the data, disconnect the hard disk and return the hard disk via mail. Each disk will have a few terabytes of data. We will simply copy it using
cp -R or something similar. We currently assume the suppliers will not send us malicious data. The data will be written to a Synology RAID system that will be able to write the data much faster than we can read it from a single hard disk.
We have an HP RAID-controller "B120i" with several free slots, but probably we cannot use it to read non-raided disks sent to us by customers, correct?
Further we have an internal SATA connector that the seller intended to use to sell us an expensive DVD reader. We did not buy it so that SATA connector must be free.
Now the seller tells us that it is not possible to connect anything but the DVD-player to the internal SATA connector, and that our best option would be to connect the hard disks via USB instead. I have a feeling that USB will be slower than SATA.
Can we use the internal SATA connector, possibly with an extension cable?
Will we need any special drivers that are unavailable on CentOS, unless we connect the disks via USB?
What is the best way to get the data into the server?