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Old 5th January 2012
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Question SAS Expander

Hey all,

I'm in the process of choosing hardware for a new FreeBSD desktop/file server at home.

As part of this build I am considering a long term storage solution. The idea is a SAS enclosure with a ton of SATA disks that only gets spun up about once a month as data is shuffled back and forth and file indexes are generated.

What I need are recommendations for the SAS expander card that works flawlessly with FreeBSD. No RAID needed as I intend to use ZFS for everything.

From what I've been reading a SAS expander is a better solution than something like an sata multiplier.

If anyone has suggestions on the enclosure it is also well appreciated.

Cheers.
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