On Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM, Sašo Kiselkov <skiselkov...@gmail.com>wrote:
> 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
> >>> 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.
You could also do something like converting an 8087 to an 8088 and get an
8088 <-> 4x eSATA breakout cable. That would save a lot of space in your
case if you're going to have more than 8 drives in this rig. Random
googling: http://www.pc-pitstop.com/sas_cables_adapters/AD8788-2.asp and
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