How did you do flashing the card under DOS or Win?I just recently crossflashed an IBM M1015 to LSI9211-8i IT mode .. took a little Google-Fu to find the right files that finally worked, but working great now.
I want to buy something cheaper than LSI SAS 9300-8i RAID IT mode ZFS FreeNAS... Dell PERC H200 or IBM M101 aren't much cheaper.
I intend to buy more disks SATA for this server in the future. Two disks SATA are not enough.
The ML110 G7 only has four internal bays, unless you plan to use a cradle or adaptor tray to add more in the 5.25" bays. Be careful of your cooling requirements as well if you go this route.
You can mix and match your controllers as well - using the onboard controller at first, and then adding in an H200/H310 or similar card later. As indicated a working-pull from a used server refurbishing company will only run you USD$25 or so at most.
"Yes" to both questions. The advantage to an HBA is that it is about as "dumb" as a controller can get - it very much will act like "more SATA ports" to your system and drives. And your ML110 G7 is definitely new enough to support drives >2TB in size.Will Freenas see the data on disks connected to the H200 / H310 controller if previously these disks were connected directly to the server's motherboard via SATA ports? I wonder if the BIOS of this server's motherboard will allow you to directly connect SATA 2TB disks?