I'm been looking into connecting multiple HDDs/SSDs to a single SATA header on my motherboard.
(this is my motherboard: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009JDTWH6 )
First off, how many HDDs can I connect to a single SATA port?
And second, can I then put them in a RAID0 configuration? I'm not really looking for speed gains, but only for the computer to read it as a single huge volume.
And last: got any links to a good multiplier?
SATA is a point to point connection and thus does not support break out cables.
There are already 4 SATA ports on that board, if you really need to add more either you'll require a SAS card and the use of a SAS to SATA break out cable or to connect multiple SATA to one SATA port requires a multiplier, that you have mentioned. However I do not know how or if they can operate in any form of RAID configuration.
yeah you'd need a sata/raid card, which would work fine assuming you're using the i-gpu
also if you're just after having it all appear as 1 volume you can do that in the os, windows 8 has storage spaces, i would imagine linux would have something to accomplish that as well
no you can use a port multiplier and sas controller are compatible with a sata drive but not the other way
more info about sata