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I'd like to connect a SAS drive (ST3600057SS) to my computer via a USB SATA cable combined with a SAS to SATA converter.

This doesn't work and I would like to know why and if there's any way around it.

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closed as off topic by EEAA, MikeyB, Chris S Oct 22 '12 at 19:16

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That has only changed the physical layer (the form factor of the connector).

The signalling protocol is still SAS which is unsupported by your controller.

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Is there any way to make the connection –  Alex Oct 22 '12 at 19:56
    
Yep! Buy a SAS controller. You can find low-end ones like the IBM M1015 (LSI 9211-based) for dirt cheap. Then get a breakout cable such as ca.startech.com/Cables/Drive/SAS/… –  MikeyB Oct 22 '12 at 20:24
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It doesn't work because your computer doesn't support SAS drives. And that isn't a USB cable...

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