I have an Intel D945GCLF2 running headless Ubuntu which I use as a fileserver. I currently have a 4 port PCI SATA card plugged into it which has 4 disks attached. They're running software RAID 5 which is plenty fast enough to stream music etc.
Unforunately I've run out of space on those drives and am looking to upgrade. I've been hunting around for an 8-port PCI Sata card but they're few and far between unless you want to pay >£500!
My question is whether the following would work:
- Plug a PCI to PCI-E converter into the motherboard.
- Plug an 8 port PCI-Ex4 card into the adapter.
- Plug my existing 4 drives plus some additional drives into a couple of SFF-8087 to SATA cables
My main worry is that the converter says it'll do pci to pci-e x1 but the card says it'll do x4 and makes no mention of x1?
Will this all work? ..and if not, is there an alternative?