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Old 09-25-2015, 05:23 PM   #11
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The ram and CPU don't effect the hdd's size do they I don't need a powerful computer just a data storage unit not a media streamer just a on for backup job but thearetocally is that possable to use the other parts and swap the motherboard for a better one that supports my older processor and psu at least

It's already got a 1.8ghz quad core
And 6GB RAM
plenty for a backup system just the hdd's that are not up to it
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Old 09-25-2015, 05:39 PM   #12
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I did a search on your PC and still haven't found anything to answer this problem. I think partitioning the drive will help. Use a disk manager to do it.
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Old 09-25-2015, 05:49 PM   #13
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CPU and memory has absolutely NOTHING to do with HDD sizes, it's upto the disk controller and operating system, in this case, as I said in your other earlier thread, the 700 series chipsets most likely will NOT support anything over 2TB, mostly because 2TB wasn't out till a few years AFTER then 700 series chipsets had come along.

Basically, buy a 4TB disk, doesn't work, buy a SATA controller that will fit your motherboard, and that offers support for 4TB disks.

In all honesty, instead of splurging for a different motherboard if you want 4TB disks, it really is cheaper to buy a single 4TB disk, and see if you can format it as 4TB under windows. If the board doesn't recognize it, buy a cheap SATA controller, and you are still spending less.

BTW, that Gigabyte motherboard is technically lower specced, but has a few differences to help it survive in this generation, such as the USB 3.0 controller being added on.
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Old 09-26-2015, 04:09 AM   #14
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And would there be anything that would stop a sata controller for 4gb+ Being compatible with my system and how much and what would I be looking for I have never seen one before I imagine it's a card sort of like the raid card with sata ports
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Now it's got even harder can some one suggest a sata controller card comparable with my motherboard and 4x4tb drives no raid and also can you still use the original ports directly on the mb as well as a sata control card
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Nothing should stop an add-on controller from working on your system, it will depend purely upon what operating system that you have, as well as expansion I/O on the board that you have.

Do you have any PCI-e slots, or PCI slots open/available? How big are the available PCI-e slots on your motherboard?

Also, generally, you can use both your motherboard SATA controller, as well as an add-in controller.


Honestly, about the only cheap card I can find that supports 4TB is PCI-e X1 (you can put x1 cards into x4, x8, and x16 slots with not issues), it's a Syba SI-PEX40064 with a Marvell 88SE9215 chipset. Do not get the SI-PEX40057 as it's a RAID only card from what I am seeing.
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Old 09-26-2015, 04:57 AM   #17
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The OS is Windows 7 ultimate fully updated
And yes there are Unused ports


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All the expansion ports are free also what is the tiny expansion port I haven't seen that before
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Old 09-26-2015, 05:08 AM   #18
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I may have solved one of my questions does that card you sent me fit into that little slot
And at most I would like to use 4 X 4tb Hdd's but a suppose any 4tb is better than none

My total requires storage space would be a backup of a nas that will have 16tb 4x4tb WD REDS loosing one for redundancy so about 12tb storage before formatting drives and not backing up redundancy drive

And obv a small 250gb drive maby SSD for the towers operating system n then drives to make up the 12tb needed once there are a few 4tb drives in it could be done with smaller 2tb drives to add up the remaining space needed but at 3x4tb would be nice 4x4tb great
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The the Syba SI-PEX40057 PCI-e x1 controller card should work 100% fine for you. Have your operating system and regular disks connected directly to the motherboard, and have your 4TB disks connected to the controller card.

The really small black I/O slot is a PCI-e x1 slot by the way.
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The the Syba SI-PEX40057 PCI-e x1 controller card should work 100% fine for you. Have your operating system and regular disks connected directly to the motherboard, and have your 4TB disks connected to the controller card.

The really small black I/O slot is a PCI-e x1 slot by the way.
That's PCI-e x2. It won't fit the x1 slot. The only one's I found in that brand name that fit an x1 slot only have 2 SATA III ports. Seems to be that way over the brands Newegg carries.
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