Is there a PCIe card that can support adding 8 drives to Mac Pro 3,1?

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  1. xraidnewbie macrumors newbie

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    Looking into doing a project with a Mac pro 3,1 motherboard (I will not be using the original case) for a total of 14 drives. The 6 sata that originally comes with the motherboard and adding 8 more connections via pcie for a total of 14 drives.
     
  2. Reclzz macrumors member

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    Not sure about the 3.1
    But an 4 port esata (sata3) card can run my external 16 bay at full speed on my 5.1
     
  3. bsbeamer macrumors 68020

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    CalDigit HDPro and CalDigit HDPro2 (and larger rack mount version) used to be great for PCIe expansion for 8+ SATA drives and was configurable in hardware RAID5. Was using with a MP3,1 and MP4,1 awhile back. They are no longer being made, but if you can find a used unit they offered stellar speeds. (Basically like the Promise Pegasus via PCIe expansion.)
     
  4. crjackson2134 macrumors 601

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    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115100

    http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/CS-series_rr272x.htm

     
  5. ortholing macrumors newbie

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    I'm using my ARECA ARC 1882 and 1883x (external disks) with an actual count of 16 external hard disks/SSD's
    You can use any hardware RAID configuration with SAS and SATA up to 12 Gb/s (1883), 6Gb/s with 1882x
    There is a maximum of 256 hard disk devices.... and/or SATA or SAS SSD's

    https://www.areca.com.tw/products/1883.htm

    btw: I had bad experiences with erratic data loss using HighPoint RAID controllers.
    No problems with ARECA...
     

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