SATA RAID 10 on X86 board?

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  1. Göran Andersson

    Göran Andersson New Member

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    I understand from one of the threads here that the X86 boards don't support port multiplying. My question is if this board:
    http://www.siig.com/it-products/con...ta/pcie/dp-sata-6gb-s-4-port-hybrid-pcie.html
    will work, as it has 4 ports?

    If so I intend to use it with the M.2 to PCIe adapter : http://www.hwtools.net/ExtenderBoard/P4SM2.html
    I am eagerly waiting for my x86 board, which I will try to make a NAS with 4x2TB SATA disks in a RAID 10 configuration, mainly as a Plex Media Server, Time Machine and general file server.

    Thank you in advance for your reply!
     
  2. Andrea Rovai

    Andrea Rovai Well-Known Member

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    Dear Goran,
    we have never tried it so I'd rather not commit myself to a position.
     
  3. jura

    jura New Member

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    I have found small SATA adapter with 4 ports directly to M.2 - link
    But I would wait till someone really tries it :)
     
  4. syadnom

    syadnom New Member

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    This is VERY interesting to me. What a great combo of the udoo x86 with a small backplane and enough CPU to do raid*.
     
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  5. Nikos

    Nikos New Member

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    This is a subject that interests me too! Have you received the board and have you tried? Or, do we know any other way to safely connect multiple HD with the least amount of bulk?
    I also like to hook up 4 HD (in RAID-5) to make an Ubuntu media player and central storage device.
     
  6. Andrea Rovai

    Andrea Rovai Well-Known Member

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    Hi there @Nikos,
    the estimated delivery date hasn't come yet, so I guess anyone has received a board :)
     
  7. (J)FK

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    Hi, this use case is very interesting for me, too. Browsing the innodisk website I found a hardware RAID card on M.2 which would be sufficient for me: link

    Do you guys think they will work with Linux or will we run in compatibility problems?
     
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    (J)FK, used controller is JMS562. Now just Google if works under Linux.
     
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    vpeter,

    Thanks for the info. The JMS562 seems to be widely used. The Cubieboard-Team uses it on its RAID add-on board, also the Simple NAS guys and here I found a dual SATA RAID Controller based on JMS562 which states OS independence without software or drivers requirements. It is not the same board, but should serve as an indication. I have contacted Innodisk to ask for native Linux support and - more important - price and availability in Europe. I much prefer to use the M.2 connection over a fiddle solution via an extra board - worst case with additional power supply...
     
  10. jura

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    just confirmed that this 4 ports SATA adapter is working with Udoo :)
     
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    Göran Andersson New Member

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    Great news, now I only have to find a supplier..
     
  12. ccs_hello

    ccs_hello UDOOer

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    Hi,

    Can you verify that the board is running at PCIe x1 or PCIe x2 mode?

    Thanks!

    ccs_hello
     
  13. jonthe838

    jonthe838 New Member

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    This is great news! Göran, if you can find a Swedish or European distributor please share it here. It would be nice not having to pay import duties
     
  14. jura

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    seems as PCIe 2x:
    01:00.0 SATA controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. Device 9215 (rev 11) (prog-if 01 [AHCI 1.0])
    LnkCap: Port #0, Speed 5GT/s, Width x1, ASPM L0s L1, Exit Latency L0s <512ns, L1 <64us
     
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    ccs_hello UDOOer

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    Thanks Jura!
    Yours must have been operating in PCIe x1 mode as high lighted:
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    LnkCap: Port #0, Speed 5GT/s, Width x1, ASPM L0s L1, Exit Latency L0s <512ns, L1 <64us

    ccs_hello
     
  16. ccs_hello

    ccs_hello UDOOer

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    I received my regular PCIe x2 SATA card today.
    I verified it is PCIe x2.
    (P.S. LnkCAP is capacity declaration; while LnkSta is the actual negotiated result - the status.)
    88SE9230_PCIe_x2.jpg
    (click to enlarge)
    I'll prepare a mega thread to explain the design.

    ccs_hello
     
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  17. Triodefreak

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    Where did you buy one?
     
  18. ccs_hello

    ccs_hello UDOOer

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    Search PEX40057
     
  19. jonthe838

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    So you bought a standard PCIe x2 card and hooked it up directly to the Udoo x86 slot?

    Would it be possible to use 2 of those with riser cables? I'm planning on building a Ubuntu server with my Udoo x86 and want to be able to add more storage as I go, without replacing the drives that I already have.
     
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    ccs_hello UDOOer

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    ?riser cable <-- don't know what is it

    Do the same thing as if you would have used an ITX motherboard with only one PCIe x2 slot available.
    Has to be active solution such as PCIe bridge or SATA port multiplier.
     

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