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Server HDD and RAID Configuration

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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!
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Go to BIOS and see there which ports are used by two drives in mirror.
The most possible is that 4 of them are for RAID and two for mobo onboad controller as you suspected.
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Also what is the model of the rack?
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Sorry but that absolutely is not useful help, I opened the case and there were only 2 drives cabled to the RAID card, I did have to pt a new cable for the new drive and was recommended by supplier server support to plug this to the RAID card rather than MOBO.
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Had to look and call tel support
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