I used to own a Dell 9200 dimension desktop. It had 4 SATA internal ports that I could connect my internal drives to. It finally started to fail and I just bought a Dell XPS 9100 desktop (i7-960, 12gb memory, Windows x64 professional) The motherboard only has three SATA ports and two of those are already connected to the hard drive and the BD burner. I only have one port left to connect three drives.
I have several thermaltake MAX 4 External enclosures that i could put a couple of disk drives in and use them as USB drives. However, I would like to find a way to utilize the speed of the SATA drives and connect them as SATA or ESATA drives. With one port available, that won't work.
I have read a little about port multipliers and am not sure how to set that up. I have also found this card out on the Star Tech site: Silicon Image 4-Port PCI-X eSATA Controller. Would this work for me? Would this controller card allow me to connect up to 4 eSATA devices without taking the remaining SATA internal port?
I am not looking for a raid configuration; simply to connect multiple SATA or ESATA drives.
I am pretty weak on the hardware side of PCs and want to be sure I am doing the right thing before I go an order any additional equipment..
Thank you in advance for any suggestions.