I'm increasing storage on a system and have run out of SATA ports. Can anyone recommend a 8 port SATA card (No RAID) which supports up to 2TB hard drives. Thank you.

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    why wouldn't you want a RAID controller? If are running software raid and are going to put a card in, you might as well put in a hardware RAID card.
    – Zypher
    Mar 18, 2011 at 23:27
  • Would this be ESATA? or is this an internal SATA (HDD mounted inside the PC case)?
    – Campo
    Mar 19, 2011 at 0:24
  • @Zypher, he might be looking to build a cheap ZFS pool, in which case the extra expense of a RAID controller would be wasted. However, the best performance usually comes from good SAS HBAs, the type that typically integrate RAID.
    – Chris S
    Mar 19, 2011 at 1:55
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    Closing as off-topic, as we don't do shopping recommendations. Mar 22, 2011 at 1:24

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For home use I use IBM BR10i cards
each has 2 sff multiports (8 sas devices per card (4 per port))
3 cards in the file server for 24 disks in the storage array
plus 2 system disks off the on board controllers

IIRC they have an lsi chipset


Port multipliers might be what you're searching for: serialata.org. And the following link is no ad - just old school tech FYI: Backblaze


See: ZFS SAS/SATA controller recommendations


This may not be exactly what you need but here is the list from a research I did for my recent project:

  • LSI SAS 9211-8i
  • LSI SAS 9210-8i
  • LSI SAS 3081E-R
  • LSI SAS 3080X-R
  • Adaptec 2805

They all have an entry level RAID controller but is is an inexpensive kind. See if it helps.

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