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Port Multiplier off of Areca 1680 - will this work?


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#1 bjinweare

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 12:04 PM

I'm new to the use of port multipliers.
Currently I have a 16 port Areca 1680IX RAID card with 16 SATA drives connected in RAID 60 using 4 SFF8087 to SATA beakout cables.
I wish to connect 3 more SATA drives to the RAID card as a new RAID set.
Can I use something like the SYBA SY-PCI40037 ?

#2 Kevin OBrien

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Posted 16 April 2013 - 01:43 PM

You'd have to find out from the manufacturer which expanders are compatible. We've run into situations where certain RAID cards have no compatibility with some expanders while others are just fine.

#3 dietrc70

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 04:39 AM

Enterprise SAS/SATA expanders usually use an LSI chipset. I don't think introducing a consumer-grade Jmicron/Syba expander into a serious RAID array would be a good idea.

Since you are making a new array, perhaps the best solution would just be to add an additional RAID controller to your system.



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