I am looking for recommendations on a SBC that supports 2 or more SATA ports as I would like try a replace my aging NAS (DNS-323). I have a number of 4TB 5.25 inch drives that I would like to repurpose. Has anybody built a project like this that doesn’t use USB to SATA cables. I may have to resort to this method though.
I haven’t seen any cheap SBC that has more than one built in sata, but there are some more expensive ones that do.
If you were keen on only using cheap SBCs you could use multiple SBCs and use something like the Odroid HC1 which includes a SATA port directly,and build a cluster of 3+ of them and use something to do clustered storage to create a high available NAS. That would be a cool little project.