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Intel NUC Hardware support question

Copaxy
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Hello, 

 

I plan to maybe use a Intel NUC as base for a home build NAS. 

When i for example say i split the SATA connector to 5 SATA ports (I know about the slow down because the band with is shared) and the M.2 ssd port to another couple SATA ports, and i also would split the single hdd power output from the NUC to the new 5 HDDs, would the power supply be able to handle all the hard drives or is one single power connector from the NUC not enough for so many hard drives?

 

 

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n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Let me be clear,
1. The SATA power connector has enough current to support one - and only one - 2.5" SSD/HDD.
2. The M.2 connector is for a M.2 SATA/NVMe SSD. It is not intended nor validated to support other M.2 devices (like SATA controllers). It may work, but this is not guaranteed.
3. AFAIK, you cannot split the SATA signal to support multiple devices.
Why don't you purchase an external x4/x5 drive bay that connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.2. This way, the requirements on the NUC itself drop significantly. PowerArmour is correct, it makes more sense to get a real NAS (from QNAP, Synology, etc.).
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powerarmour
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You can't 'split' a SATA data port, they have to be independent (it's serial, not parallel).

HDD's also require more current than SSD's, powering five from a single power connector wouldn't be a good idea either.

 

IMHO, ghetto NAS's just aren't worth the time/effort, just buy a Synology or a QNAP and sleep easy.

n_scott_pearson
Super User Retired Employee
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Let me be clear,
1. The SATA power connector has enough current to support one - and only one - 2.5" SSD/HDD.
2. The M.2 connector is for a M.2 SATA/NVMe SSD. It is not intended nor validated to support other M.2 devices (like SATA controllers). It may work, but this is not guaranteed.
3. AFAIK, you cannot split the SATA signal to support multiple devices.
Why don't you purchase an external x4/x5 drive bay that connects via Thunderbolt or USB 3.2. This way, the requirements on the NUC itself drop significantly. PowerArmour is correct, it makes more sense to get a real NAS (from QNAP, Synology, etc.).
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Copaxy
Beginner
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Mhm okey then i think of another solution.  But i still gonna build a NAS. I don't like the NAS Systems from Synology and QNAP.

 

But thanks for the help

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