I’m looking for an affordable SATA PCIe controller card that I can use only PC.

I have 4 x 3TB 3.5” SATA hard drives and want to be able to use them on the new card.

I have read a review of some cards and they say they only support up to 2TB disks. I’m trying to find out what I need to look for for the card to be able to handle big hard disk sizes.

Any recommendations or advice while searching would be great.


  • What motherboard do you currently have and are the SATA ports on it all currently in use? Commented Sep 22, 2017 at 23:04
  • At the moment I have a dell optiplex 3010 and yes the 4 ports are being used. I plan to build my own tower for NAS and virtualisation and want to use the card I buy in that.
    – Alan
    Commented Sep 23, 2017 at 7:33

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I haven't heard of size limitations on a SATA card, but this is a pretty affordable ($30) card with 4 ports. You might have been looking at hardware RAID cards which arent needed unless you really want to do RAID 5 or 6. (These might have size limits) If you really need a RAID card look at this.

  • Since primitive RAID chips don't cost much more than simple SATA controller chips, it's rare to find controller cards that don't claim some sort of RAID support. The card you linked does support drives up to at least 4 TB, though that information is buried in the fine print of the "overview" section.
    – Mark
    Commented Sep 26, 2017 at 19:52

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