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U.2 port compatibility

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Does anyone here have experience with intel based motherboards that may include 1 or 2 U.2 ports on them? Does it work? Is it possible to use SAS breakout cables to get 4 sata hdds per port?

thanks in advance. 

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U.2 does not break out to SATA.  You may be confusing SFF-8087 multi-SAS port with U.2

 

U.2 is basically a PCIe port like a M.2 NVMe slot is a PCIe port.  There is no way to connect SATA directly to the PCIe bus.  I have heard of an embedded SAS/SATA controller with a U.2 interface at one end and a SAS/SATA breakout at the other.  This would appear as a SATA controller to DSM, and as long as it was compatible with the standard SATA driver, it should work.

 

The only way I know of to get U.2 ports (and U.2 drives) to work is with ESXi (I actually have two U.2 drives mirrored on my main XPenology system) via physical RDM.

 

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