On 10/25/2012 04:11 PM, Sašo Kiselkov wrote:
> On 10/25/2012 04:09 PM, Bob Friesenhahn wrote:
>> On Thu, 25 Oct 2012, Sašo Kiselkov wrote:
>>> Look for Dell's "6Gbps SAS HBA" cards. They can be had new for <$100 and
>>> are essentially rebranded LSI 9200-8e cards. Always try to look for OEM
>>> cards with LSI, because buying directly from them is incredibly
>>> expensive.
>> Do these support eSATA?  It seems unlikely.
> eSATA is just SATA with a different connector - all you need is a cheap
> conversion cable or appropriate eSATA<->SATA bracket, e.g.
> http://www.satacables.com/html/sata-pci-brackets.html

P.S. if you're going to use a port conversion bracket, I suggest you get
the internal version of the SAS card (i.e. the Dell PERC H200) - that
ships with two SFF-8087 connectors. Get a SFF-8087 breakout cable to
split out the individual SATA connections (e.g.
http://www.ipcdirect.net/catalog/c-sff8087-4sb.jpg ) and just hook those
up to the SATA<->eSATA bracket. From there on you can take it using
standard eSATA cabling directly to your JBOD.

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