Connecting Multiple ESATA Drive

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Joe, Nov 28, 2007.

  1. Joe

    Joe Guest

    I have an ASUS P4S533 that I'm using as a server with a 4 port esata PCI
    Card connected to 4 external hard drives in an IcyDock enclosure. I am
    looking into getting 4 additional hard drives in a second IcyDock enclosure.
    I want to get a way to hook up more drive to less cards (a port multiplier).
    The MB only has PCI Slots. I'm not even sure I have a slot left. I may be
    able to make one available.

    Any Ideas?
    Thanks in advance
    Joe, Nov 28, 2007
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    spodosaurus Guest

    eSATA hub like this:

    Is this what you need?


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  3. Joe

    Paul Guest

    I have a suspicion, that not just any SATA port can drive a port
    multiplier box. I hope I'm wrong. Perhaps sending an email to
    the vendor of those boxes would be a good idea, to see what they
    think works with it. My guess is it might take a SIL3124 or a
    SIL3132. The SIL3124 is PCI-X, and SYBA makes a card with that
    chip on it. (The suggestion here, is the port driving the
    multiplier, should be SATA II. The SIL3124 is SATA II.)

    If you were using a SIL3114, that is SATA I, and might not
    support the features needed for a port multiplier.

    Paul, Nov 28, 2007
  4. Joe

    Joe Guest

    Thanks Paul & Ari - Thats what I need. I check the specs.

    Joe, Nov 28, 2007
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