Thanks for being patient with an enterprise noob like me. I’m not super new to server hardware\RAID in general, but i am pretty much outside my comfort zone if we’re no longer dealing with Windows or pretty Supermicro boxes.
Anyway, to the point. I recently acquired a Backblaze Storage Pod and want to turn it into an UnRAID server to host my media. I know people have complained about the Sata Multipliers in here being tricky so i went into this project with a bit of caution. To my surprise when plugged directly into my motherboard SATA ports, all 5 drives on one backplane light up! Working fine with no drivers, or weird configurations. UnRAID even picks them up perfectly.
I have an LSI 9305-16i which is just a SAS3 HBA, and when i connect it to the SiI3726 SATA Port Multipliers only one drive shows up in the card BIOS as recognized. I want to use this 4 Port HBA card because it would free up all my other SATA ports and PCI-E slots for other uses. I could connect all 9 backplanes to it and the card wouldn’t even break sweat, in theory.
Is this even possible or is splitting the Mini sas --> 4 Sata --> 5 split backplane just too much?
Thanks for the help in advance.