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Hackintosh Server - 12 Drives


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I currently have a semi-working 18 TB Ubuntu server that I want to decommision in favour of a Hackintosh server. I am aware of the other alternatives likes FreeNAS and unRaid, but I am set on a OSX based server.


Ideally I'd like to run Lion, but would settle for Snow Leopard. I have built a Hackintosh HTPC in the past.


What MOBO and SATA controller would you recommend? I wish to have 12 SATA ports.


Thank You

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As for the mobo, it probably should be a server grade Intel mobo (I personally use an old Intel server board with Xeon CPUS with Snow Leopard; though it is used as a desktop - not as a server). I guess GIGABYTE too will perfectly do the job, but if you intend to leave the server ON 24/7, a server grade board might be a better chose.


As for the disk controller it should definitely be a true hardware RAID controller like 3ware or ATTO. Check this link for more info. 12 port hardware RAID card could be quite expensive (new at least).

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