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Hard drive controller reccomendations


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Hi my current xpenology nas motherboard only supports hard drives up to 2tb and i'am wondering what would be the best HDD controller add in card to bypass the limitations i want to run 2 wd red

4tb drives I've read lsi cards are pretty good but not sure which one would get the job done.

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Will this work on a physical install of xpenology no virtualization

 

Yes, any LSI card based on the SAS2000 or SAS3000 chips will work; effectively any 6G/12G SAS card will, but it needs to be in 'Initiator - Target' firmware mode for it to function properly.

 

LSI 9211-8Is should be cheap on ebay, I picked mine up for around $120 USD a few years back.

 

Be aware, that LSI does not play nice with drive numbering in storage manager if you have try and use the port numbering on the cards; it basically reads the hard disks as being plugged in based on spin up and not physical position. Insert the drives one at a time and it will be ok but plug them all in and turn the machine on will cause them to not align to the connected cables or physical bays depending on your chassis.

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