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8 port sata card for Windows 10

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Hello,

 

I need add a 8 port sata card on my plex server, im using Windows 10.

 

I looked at Supermicro card, but the product page dont say anything about Windows 10 drivers.

 

Anyone know a stable 8 port sata card, compatible with Windows 10  and with SMART support and allow drives save energy (stand by)? Im using StableBit DrivePool and Scanner.

 

I dont need RAID, just HBA.

 

I know about the M1015 cards and similars with same chip, but these card need firmware crossflash and I do not want to stay depending on whether an update works or not, I prefer a solution plug-and-play.

 

Any advice?

 

Thank

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816101792&cm_re=AOC-SAS2LP-MV8-_-16-101-792-_-Product

 

I've bought and used many of those on several builds of mine with Windows 10 (and also Server 2016) with no issues. It is an HBA with no RAID mode at all, so there's no need to flash it, and it's dirt cheap. I've also been using these in very heavily stressed systems that process upwards of 20TB reads per week and 5-10TB writes over a long period, so I'm quite happy with their stability.

 

If you were to try to use it with an expander, it might get hairy and I wouldn't suggest it (I just don't know what it would or would not work with), but if you're directly connecting it disks/backplanes then it should be fine.

 

The Windows 10/2016 drivers are available on Supermicro's website. It doesn't *say* it supports 10/2016 last I checked, but if you download the driver, the readme specifically states that the latest update is Microsoft WHQL certified for 10 + 2016, and it has worked for me on several systems running both.

 

They come with a full and low profile PCI bracket.

 

Oh, and they're 8-lane PCI-E 2.0 cards.

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Does the AOC-SAS2LP-MV8 support idle drive spin down and  can read SMART data?

 

It reads SMART data fine since it's just a JBOD controller. I'm not sure about drive spin-down - I keep all my drives on.

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It's a Marvell based chipset, so it should work fine.

 

SMART data, yes. Spindown? I don't know. I believe it *should*, but I can't verify. 

 

 

Though, there is a price premium, the LSI/Avago/Broadcom  SAS 9240-8i or SAS 9207-8i cards are very good cards.  And definitely support SAS expanders. 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0085FT2JC/

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Do you know if those cards support spin down?

 

Yes and no.  Some do, some don't.

 

There is a hack that forcibly enable spin down though.  

 

By "hack", I mean it's either editing the driver files or adding a registry entry.  And in this case, it DEFINITELY does work. 

http://community.covecube.com/index.php?/topic/2400-issues-with-drive-idling-on-lsi-based-hba-cards/

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Hello

 

Thank everyone for the advices.

 

After some months of research, I purchased one Adaptec HBA 1000-8i,  this is a 12Gb SAS card with 8 port.  This card arrived today and is running now on my PLEX server with drivepool + snapraid.

 

This card have native windows 10 drivers, no issues to install, easy firmware update - im very satisfied.

 

Now Im looking for a SAS Expander - I saw the HP SAS Expander 24 port, really low cost (30 - 40 US dollars on ebay) - this will be my next buy.

 

For now I have 8 port on SAS card and 6 port on motherboard - with the SAS expander I can full my LIAN LI PCD8000.   :)

 

Thank

 

Alvaro

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Aren't those $30 HP expanders the old SAS1, 3Gb/s cards? I assumed they all were and would hit the 2TB drive limit. Hoping someone with more knowledge can correct me on the 2TB limit if I am wrong.

 

 

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Aren't those $30 HP expanders the old SAS1, 3Gb/s cards? I assumed they all were and would hit the 2TB drive limit. Hoping someone with more knowledge can correct me on the 2TB limit if I am wrong.

 

 

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Yeah, they appear to be so.  So don't expect any drive over 2TB to work. 

 But they would work, in theory. with the right adapters.   

 

But you'd really want a SAS3 expander, and that will cost you. 

Specifically something like the: Intel RES3TV360, but it's $300, give or take.

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again, thank everyone.

 

this is why a read alot before purchase... 

 

some people say these HP expanders run with 6Tb, 8Tb drives, others say no.

 

@Drashna:  nice card this RES3TV360, but is too much for my needs.   Well I have 3 sata ports to use, I can expand 3 hdds, so I will need more only in 2018.

 

thank!

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My HP Sas expander works fine with 6tb drives

 

Some combinations will work.   Some won't. 

 

My system did NOT like the SAS1 expander and would NOT load any drive over 2TB.  But others with the same hardware did not have any issues.  

 

 

It's better to not take the risk .... more so because he'd be dealing with SAS1 vs SAS3. 

 

 

some people say these HP expanders run with 6Tb, 8Tb drives, others say no.

 

@Drashna:  nice card this RES3TV360, but is too much for my needs.   Well I have 3 sata ports to use, I can expand 3 hdds, so I will need more only in 2018.

 

thank!

 

 

Yeah, it's very dependant on the hardware you're using.  If you're willing to take the risk, feel free.

 

As for the RES3TV360, yeah, I totally understand.   But it will work, and won't degrade speeds. 

 

But if you do end up needing a lot more drives, it may be worth saving up for.  But that's my opinion. 

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