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Installing 1Tb SATA drive without available port RRS feed

  • Question

  • I had a 80Gb HDD almost out of warranty. I used Western Digital Loyalty Program to upgrade it to 1Tb. Just received the drive and it still sitting there not installed yet, waiting for me to move. biggrin.gif 

    My HDD setup: 1X500Gb IDE (DATA) - 1X500Gb SATA (SYS) - 2X500Gb SATA (DATA) - 1X1000Gb SATA (DATA) - 1X250Gb IDE - (BACKUP)

    What would be the best and painless solution to add this new 1Tb drive to WHS. I don't have any SATA port available. I tought of 3 scenarios:

    1- Replacing one of the 2 500Gb almost full, which will give me only 500Gb more and the pain of removing the drive.
    2- Changing disk configuration. Reinstalling WHS on 500Gb IDE drive and replacing the actual SATA sys drive with 1Tb.
    3- Adding a controller card to provide 2 or 4 extra SATA ports for future expansion and keep actual HDD configuration.
    4- Do you have any other solution of which I didn't think of?

    Thanks, for telling your way to handle this.

    Klode
    Monday, February 23, 2009 1:05 PM
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Answers

  • Hi Klode,

    My vote is in favour of Option 3. For the $25 investment of a SATA card, you can maximize the amount of storage and provide flexibility for future growth. With the large number of external drive cases available now, make sure you've got external SATA ports on the card you purchase! 

    (I went so far as to purchase a rack mount case for my WHS to provide TONS of storage space for drives while still providing a nice clean (albeit large!) look).


    • Proposed as answer by BDaz Monday, February 23, 2009 1:26 PM
    • Marked as answer by Claude DorionModerator Monday, February 23, 2009 1:53 PM
    Monday, February 23, 2009 1:26 PM
  • I would also vote for option 3. The card you select should be delivered with Windows Server 2003 drivers, if possible, and be for the PCI Express bus to avoid the PCI bottleneck (if your mainboard supports).
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Monday, February 23, 2009 1:41 PM
    Moderator
  • I went to the computer store and they didn't have any left. So, I went with this one available in another store: http://www.syba.com/Product/Info/Id/4

    It is also supported by Windows Server 2003. I just finish installing it. I didn't even have to supply the driver on the CD for it, WHS went to get the driver for it on the web automatically. I then plugged the new HDD, restarted, added to the pool, now I'm happy, so is my WHS...

    Thank you all for your help,

    Klode
    Monday, February 23, 2009 8:58 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi Klode,

    My vote is in favour of Option 3. For the $25 investment of a SATA card, you can maximize the amount of storage and provide flexibility for future growth. With the large number of external drive cases available now, make sure you've got external SATA ports on the card you purchase! 

    (I went so far as to purchase a rack mount case for my WHS to provide TONS of storage space for drives while still providing a nice clean (albeit large!) look).


    • Proposed as answer by BDaz Monday, February 23, 2009 1:26 PM
    • Marked as answer by Claude DorionModerator Monday, February 23, 2009 1:53 PM
    Monday, February 23, 2009 1:26 PM
  • I would also vote for option 3. The card you select should be delivered with Windows Server 2003 drivers, if possible, and be for the PCI Express bus to avoid the PCI bottleneck (if your mainboard supports).
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Monday, February 23, 2009 1:41 PM
    Moderator
  • If I choose to add a controller card, I might go with this one:

    http://www.byteccusa.com/product/xP-card/bt-pesapa/bt-pesapa.htm

    It seems to be a good card and drivers available for Server 2003. I should be in business with that.

    Klode
    Monday, February 23, 2009 1:52 PM
    Moderator
  • I went to the computer store and they didn't have any left. So, I went with this one available in another store: http://www.syba.com/Product/Info/Id/4

    It is also supported by Windows Server 2003. I just finish installing it. I didn't even have to supply the driver on the CD for it, WHS went to get the driver for it on the web automatically. I then plugged the new HDD, restarted, added to the pool, now I'm happy, so is my WHS...

    Thank you all for your help,

    Klode
    Monday, February 23, 2009 8:58 PM
    Moderator