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PCIe SATA/SAS Card Considerations - 2017 Edition

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After multiple failed attempts to coax my Z800 to recognize 100% of the 3TB on my SATA storage drives, instead of 2TB, (http://h30434.www3.hp.com/t5/Business-PCs-Workstations-and-Point-of-Sale-Systems/Z800-Max-Disk-Size/...), I finally figured out how to make it work.  I've decided to simply buy a PCIe card w/ SATA/SAS ports.  The posts I've seen so far on the subject are a bit dated, so I'm asking for what to consider and for recommendations.  For instance, are certain cards known to be incompatible?  

 

Or, what landmines exist?  In this case, should I verify that the card has 1 channel per port (<- I think that is the correct terminology...if not, bear with me).  Etc.

 

With respect to my use case, the disks are meant as long-term storage with easy access.  I'll use other hardware for everyday computing, etc.  In other words, I'd like SATA III, but if the cost / benefit ratio is heavily skewed towards SATA II, I'm okay with that.

 

TIA

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A bit of digging revealed that just about any PCIe card w/ SATA ports should work.  The hidden pitfalls include cards using PCIe X1 (1 channel) v. X4 for multiple ports, true multi-port and "multiplier" ports.  The Dell PERC 310 comes highly recommended.  It is also fairly inexpensive on eBay, i.e., about the same price as a new 4-port card.

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A bit of digging revealed that just about any PCIe card w/ SATA ports should work.  The hidden pitfalls include cards using PCIe X1 (1 channel) v. X4 for multiple ports, true multi-port and "multiplier" ports.  The Dell PERC 310 comes highly recommended.  It is also fairly inexpensive on eBay, i.e., about the same price as a new 4-port card.

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