How many SSD can my motherboard support?

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How much capacity do I need?

SSDs offer 4 times more storage capacity per unit than spinning hard disk drives (HDD) which means they also cost more money on a price-per-gigabyte basis.  If you want a lot of storage space in a compact server format, then SSD is the way to go – but it all depends on how much you are willing to pay.

How many SSDs can my motherboard support?

If you are lining up to buy a new server for use in your home, chances are you want enough storage capacity to back up all of your personal files, store the family photo library, and host websites for small businesses that you own or manage.  SSDs offer four times more storage capacity per unit than HDD, but they also cost more money on a price-per-gigabyte basis.  

Regardless of which type of drive you opt for (HDD or SSD), make sure your motherboard supports them before making any purchase decisions.

For example, a server motherboard may have six SATA ports and four SATA connectors which means it can support up to twelve drives simultaneously.

Will my motherboard support SSDs?

The number of drives supported by your motherboard will depend on the number of SATA ports available, along with the number of SATA connectors on your motherboard.

What if my motherboard doesn’t support enough SSDs?

If your choice of servers only has a limited number of drive bays available for storage, then you will need to invest in an SSD JBOD (or software raid) system that will accept multiple disks without requiring installation inside your server case.

What is a JBOD Hardware?

A JBOD hardware option will allow you to install as many SSDs as your motherboard supports by connecting them into a single port or array. You can even use Intel® Rapid Storage Technology (Intel® RST) drivers with JBOD hardware to enjoy the benefits of SSD technology.  

Intel’s RST drivers can convert standard SATA drives into, cache-like disks with nearly the same speed benefits as if they were installed on a motherboard.

How many SSD can my motherboard support?

SSDs offer four times more storage capacity per unit than HDD, but they also cost more money on a price-per-gigabyte basis.  

How much capacity do I need?

The number of drives supported by your motherboard will depend on the number of SATA ports available, along with the number of SATA connectors on your motherboard.

How many motherboards can support?

Well, it totally depends on how many SATA ports it has plus the number of SATA connectors.

If your choice of servers only has a limited number of drive bays available for storage, then you will need to invest in an SSD JBOD (or software raid) system that will accept multiple disks without requiring installation inside your server case.

SSDs offer four times more storage capacity per unit than HDD but also cost more money on a price-per-gigabyte basis.

Ryan MacWha

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