Is it possible to use a NUC's mPCIe slot for a SATA II RAID controller?
Here is a link to the controller in question: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?gclid=CjwKEAjw9eyeBRCqxc_b-LD8kTESJADsBMxSS3wnTf-j7eL0TWG... StarTech Model MPEXSATA22I Mini PCI Express to SATA Card Add-On Card - Newegg.com
I understand the latest i5 NUCs have three types of expansion:
1) SATA port + SATA power connector
2) mSATA slot
3) mini PCI Express slot (mPCIe)
I also understand that the mini PCI Express port (beneath the mSATA slot) is generally reserved for optional wireless cards.
I see two possible configurations allowing for a boot drive on either the mPCIe slot, or the mSATA slot, followed by the disk controller:
How can I provide additional power necessary for the 2x 2TB 2.5" drives? I see a white plasticky 2-pin power connector on the motherboard; could that be used to connect two SATA power cables?
I do not yet own a NUC, nor any of the hardware I've mentioned above. I plan to use a custom case for the NUC, as the ones supplied by Intel are are too small for three 2.5" drives, or one mSATA SSD and two 2.5" drives, so I'm not worried about the physical constraints unless they interfere with the NUC motherboard itself.
Thanks for joining the NUC community.
I understand you would like use the NUC mini PCI Express* card slot with a RAID controller.
I have been checking the links below about tested peripherals and customer tested components for NUC but there is no information about this type of hardware compatibility. The PCIe Mini Card Slot has been tested mostly with wireless adapters.
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-034601.htm Intel® NUC Boards and Kits — Customer-reported peripherals
http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/sb/CS-034605.htm Intel® NUC Boards and Kits — Tested peripherals
At this stage, I recommend contacting Startech support for compatibility information with NUC systems:
Have you thought about using something like http://www.amazon.com/MR15-Dual-Micro-Cards-adapter/dp/B00B2CZ4XI/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_tophttp:// this? I just ordered one for testing. I don't see any reason it wouldn't work, but let you know soon !