I have an intel rack server with 6 hot swap SATA drive bays in the front but only 2 x mirror HDD in, it has a 4 port RAID card inside. A few simple questions:
Are all 6 drive bays cabled with a SATA cable somewhere from the drive bays (is this called the backplane?) to the RAID card or motherboard?
As the RAID card is only 4 port where are the other 2 drive bays cabled to?
If I want to add a single large drive to operate just as temporary local storage, not in any kind of RAID array, where do I put this in the front slots? Will this need a new SATA cable plugging in somewhere? Maybe directly into a SATA port on the MOBO?
I absolutely do not want to break my existing mirror. Of course!