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My motherboard has 4 SATA ports. I have 16 Seagate Barracuda hard drives (3 TB each). If it is possible, how do I install these hard drives in my computer?

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Assuming that you have the physical space for 16 3.5" hard drives, you will need either a port multiplier if your board supports it or a add-in SATA host card or cards that support 16 drives. The technical requirements vary based on what your motherboard supports andwhat you are trying to accomplish. Port Multipliers come in different types, but require a motherboard SATA controller that supports them: enter image description here enter image description here

Add-in cards come in different varieties with different features. A similar discussion of them can be found here: http://serverfault.com/questions/237687/cheapest-way-to-connect-20-24-sata-ii-hdds-in-a-budget-storage-server

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Physical space and power. Each drive will draw somewhere around 10 to 20 Watt each during spin-up. With 16 drives that adds up. –  Hennes Apr 21 '13 at 11:53

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