Upgraded: 6th HDD don't show up. Because of M.2?

  • Hi,


    because of running out of storage I decided to add another two 3TB Drives to my existing four 3TB drives. I needed to adapt the 5,25" Power cable to get enough SATA Power to the 6 drives and I plugged in the fifth and sixth SATA cable.
    Thats how it looks like now:
    IMG_6188.jpeg
    (I know. one HDD is not connected, but this was just to test if HDD is dead. So unconnected HDD is not the fault )


    Every SATA Port of the Mainboard is filled up but only 5 show up..


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    Is the SATA M.2 using one of these slots?


    If yes, what would you recommend?


    Thanks!!

    Version: 4.1.34-1 (Arrakis)
    Linux 4.9.0-0.bpo.6-amd64
    Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS
    3,5 GHz Intel Pentium G4560
    8 GB RAM
    Systemdisk: M.2 mit 32 GB
    RAID 5: 6x 3 TB

  • Some motherboards have a shared SATA/M.2. Check with your MB vendor for the specs.

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    OMV AMD64 5.x on ASRock Rack C2550D4I C0 Stepping - 16GB ECC - Silverstone DS380 + Silverstone DS380 DAS Box.

  • There are numerous add-in cards available to add SATA ports. Look around on Amazon, ebay, newegg and maybe others for choices.

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    Google is your friend and Bob's your uncle!


    OMV AMD64 5.x on ASRock Rack C2550D4I C0 Stepping - 16GB ECC - Silverstone DS380 + Silverstone DS380 DAS Box.

  • thanks!
    is there any hardware what works out of the box? Or do they all work?

    Version: 4.1.34-1 (Arrakis)
    Linux 4.9.0-0.bpo.6-amd64
    Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS
    3,5 GHz Intel Pentium G4560
    8 GB RAM
    Systemdisk: M.2 mit 32 GB
    RAID 5: 6x 3 TB

  • If your M.2 is SATA replacing it with NVME/PCI-E should free up the sixth SATA port.


    I bought a 2 port SATA PCI-E card from AliExpress very cheap and has been working fine for several months.

    Inwin MS04 case with 315 W PSU

    ASUS Prime H310i-Plus R2.0 board

    Four port PCI-E SATA card

    8GB Kingston DDR4

    Intel Pentium Coffee Lake G5400 CPU

    Samsung Evo M.2 256GB OS drive (28 GB partitioned for OS)

    4x4TB WD Red NAS drives - UnionFS pool

    Seagate 5TB USB drive - SnapRAID parity

    1x1TB Seagate HD

    1x300GB Toshiba HD

    Seagate 2TB USB drive

  • Thank you very much for your help and ideas.
    Changing the SATA M.2 to a NVME is a good idea I could do anyway.
    Is there a good and easy to understand tutorial for migrating a installation? I use some kind of plugin to backup the system onto a thump drive. But I never understood how to actually Bude the backup, in case of failure or in case of changing the boot drive. ?(



    for the other argument of 8 drives I bought a SATA card. I hope it works for the moment.




    Thanks a lot! :thumbsup:

    Version: 4.1.34-1 (Arrakis)
    Linux 4.9.0-0.bpo.6-amd64
    Gigabyte GA-B250M-DS
    3,5 GHz Intel Pentium G4560
    8 GB RAM
    Systemdisk: M.2 mit 32 GB
    RAID 5: 6x 3 TB

  • You can create a Clonezilla bootable USB drive, boot from it and image the existing M.2 to temporary storage then swap in the new NVME and write the image to this. This approach may fail if the new M.2 is smaller than the existing one. You'll find tutorials on Clonezilla easily.


    There are other approroaches but worth learning this method for future system backups etc.

    Inwin MS04 case with 315 W PSU

    ASUS Prime H310i-Plus R2.0 board

    Four port PCI-E SATA card

    8GB Kingston DDR4

    Intel Pentium Coffee Lake G5400 CPU

    Samsung Evo M.2 256GB OS drive (28 GB partitioned for OS)

    4x4TB WD Red NAS drives - UnionFS pool

    Seagate 5TB USB drive - SnapRAID parity

    1x1TB Seagate HD

    1x300GB Toshiba HD

    Seagate 2TB USB drive

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