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  1. Results might be a bit late but .. the 2 Gigabyte sata connectors (GSATAII : 0 / 1) show up as disk 7 & disk 8 as for allocation, disk's 1 through to 8 can be used anywhere, I put 2x SSD's in raid 1 as cache in disk's 1 & 8 disk's 2 to 6 as raid 5 & disk 7 is vacant
  2. Is this a real LSI SAS 9201-8i or is it an unbranded?
  3. I'm staying with 3615xs so are these issues only with 918+ or with 3615xs as well ? also I found an LSI SAS 9201-8i so would this also have the same issue as the 9211? and if I get the 9201 would it be essential to update the TI mode firmware as it's already in TI mode? Thank you
  4. Going to avoid any Marvell controllers as they seem to be a bit problematic Done some research and looking at a LSI/Broadcom based card .. possibly a LSI Internal SAS SATA 9211-8i 6Gbps 8 Ports ? Just need to study up a far bit more before diving in
  5. I'll keep it simple Are there any install, driver issues etc with Marvell Chipset .. bios, plug n play etc ? or is it, just install and learn of any problems as you go ? I've never used an add in PCIe Sata Card before in any system
  6. Hi read thru Looking for SATA controller card for baremetal By j3390659, October 10, 2017 in Hardware Modding 1*/ a StarTech 4 Port PCIe SATA III card/ chipset:Marvell - 88SE9230 @ $180 4-Port PCI Express 2.0 SATA Controller Card with HyperDuo adds 4 AHCI SATA III ports to a computer through a PCIe slot (x2), delivering multiple internal 6Gbps connections for high-performance hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs). Featuring HyperDuo technology, the SATA card offers SSD auto-tiering which lets you balance the performance advantages of SSD storage with the cost-effectiveness and large capacity of standard hard drives. By combining SSD and HDD drives into a single volume (up to 3 SSD + 1 HDD), HyperDuo discreetly works in the background to identify and move frequently accessed files to the faster SSD drive(s) for improved data throughput - up to 80% of SSD performance! (Note: The HyperDuo automatic storage tiering feature is compatible with computers that use a BIOS.) 2*/ a Skymaster EST11B / 4xPort SATA 6Gbps PCIe Card PCI-Ex4 / Chipset:Marvell @ $60 4-lane PCI-Express form factor / 2-Lane PCI-Express 2.0 interface supports communication bandwidth up to 10.0Gbps Supports PCI-Express data transfer rate up to 5.0/2.5Gbps Fully Plug and Play compliant Supports Windows 10 / 8.x / 7 / Vista / XP / 2000 / Server 2003-2008 32/64-bit, Linux Supports 2 internal SATA 6G ports and 2 external or internal SATA 6G ports set manually by users Supports Hardware RAID 0, 1, 10 and JBOD Supports HyperDuo mode, Safe mode (Mirrored Protection) and Capacity mode(Cost-Optimized) Up to 4 SATA devices with point-to-point connectivity Compliant with Serial ATA Specification 3.0 with communication speed of 6.0Gbps / Supports SATA port Hot-Plug Backwards compatible Bootable from attached HDD Supports Native Command Queuing (NCQ)FIS based Port Multiplier support up to 20 Drives Skymaster EST11B StarTech 4 Port PCIe SATA III card there's a $120 difference in price / I'm not tech savy so can't tell why .. but I do need something that is not too hard to setup Any help would be very much appreciated Regards Chalky
  7. Hi NVMe cache would be a luxury item for my network servers, I have 2, WD Black in HTPC & Samsung 970 Pro in main PC I'm aiming for a NAS with 2x Samsung 250Gb SSD's I have leftover as cache with 8x 4Tb WD reds in raid 6 10 sata ports all up .. 6 Sata III are on the Asus Z97-K board and there is 1 x PCIe 3.0/2.0 x16 / 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 / 2 x PCIe 2.0 x1 Any advice on PCIe Sata Cards ? prices vary from about $30 to $200 (au) 2x 2 Port cards or 1x 4 Port card ? .. 2x 2 Port cards are cheaper than 1x 4 Port cards Thanks again
  8. IG-88 & flyride Thanks very much for all your help
  9. Sorry, I may have read too much into this & it confused me .. when I load my DSM3615xs, storage manager overview shows 4 disks used 8 slots available, a limit of 12 slots all up as per the original hardware limit so I just assumed that DSM918+ storage manager overview would also show a limit of 4 slots available as per the original synology hardware
  10. thanks The DS918 has 4 HDD bays & 2 NVMe 's + DX517's 5 bays how would the 918+ loader recognise an extra 5 HDD's if installed internally ? & would SSD's substitute as cache instead of NVMe 's ? If this is all possible .. besides transcoding is there any other advantage in migrating ?
  11. Before all that happens An uninterrupted power supply is 1st on my to do list
  12. IG-88 Thanks for your helpful advice My main worry is the 13 year old motherboard with a leaky cap, so that's good news, I'll also run the newer board as my main backup The USB stick has only been written to the once since new .. with the Xpenology 3615 boot loader so should be more than good enough But I do have 2 more unused Kingston Datatraveler 32gb .. I'll open one and make a backup & keep the other spare The 918+ sounds interesting, but it is a 4 bay setup? I want to expand to an 8 bay setup & was looking at a StarTech 2 Port PCIe SATA III card? and then add 2 or 3 more 4Tb HDD & 1 or 2 SSD's as cache I don't think I need hardware trancoding? I have a dedicated LibreELEC HTPC that upscales to 4K@60 (intel i3-7100 / Gigabyte H270M-D3H / GTX1050) thanks again Chalky