On 10/25/2012 04:28 PM, Patrick Hahn wrote:
> 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
>> 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.
> 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
> http://www.amazon.com/HighPoint-External-Mini-SAS-SFF8088-Ext-MS-1MES/dp/B000JQ51CM
> or
> something.

Nice, good to know that mini-SAS to eSATA cables exist. Thanks for the
info, you learn something new every day.

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