So I got these two items and have been pretty happy with them. the 2.5" says they are hot swap on the internal paperwork and the 3.5" one doesn't say they are hot swap but it isn't really an issue for my build
So I got a backplane for my hard drives and the motherboard doesn't really have enough SATA III connections on it. Is there some kind of PCI board that will work that will allow you to have SATA III through it? Is it just as effective? Looking at the motherboard there are 2 SATA III connections and 4 sata II connections.
Secondary question is if you have 2 optical drives I guess it would be more important to have the hard drives hooked to SATA III than the optical drives. So optical drives to SATA II? Sheesh. so many questions for what seemed like a simple task.
maybe in order of priority SSD / HDD / Optical drives to parcel out the connectors?
Or maybe I need another motherboard?
It's probably best to connect all hard drives into the motherboard for better manageability especially if you intend to set up RAID. PCI is a fairly slow connection, SATA III will saturate the connection pretty quickly.
I would install hard drives on SATA III rather than optical drive. Neither device will be able to saturate SATAIII connection.
Order of priority: SSD, HDD, Optical Drive you have is correct.
I have a SuperMicro Mobile Rack (5 x 3.5" drives in 3 x 5.25" bays). Hotswaps great under Linux. Have it hooked to a H67 motherboard, in an Enlight EN-7237/7250 case.
If you get one, I highly recommend going to a vendor like Monoprice and buying some very short SATA cables so you can wire the motherboard directly to the backplane without creating a giant cabling mess. Preferably locking SATA cables.