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What kind of Cable shall I use to connect [ ] and server board:

in the board specification i have : Integrated SAS Ports 8, so what are they ? how to use them ?

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May be you need some kind of activation key ? I think it is not very common to use this mother board with SAS drives, – user292973 Feb 4 '14 at 19:01

You need a SATA to SFF-8482 cable. They're relatively easy to find on eBay.

That is a dual-port drive, so you can use the cables with 2 SATA connections (to add redundancy). Make sure you plug the SATA connector into the blue connections on the motherboard (the blue connections are SAS, the black and white connections are SATA only).

Jab at Intel: The cable in Ed's answer is the industry standard that almost everyone uses. These goofy cables with non-standard connections are just one of the reasons I steer clear of Intel motherboards. Also, the documentation is horrid, took me minutes to figure out how to plug a hard drive into that darn motherboard... seriously, minutes. It shouldn't take but seconds on their spec page.

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I bought cable ( please see: + ). Is that a cable you recommended ? Anyways I plug it into the blue connections on motherboard (SAS) and plug molex as well. I cannot see HD in bios – kamjel Feb 4 '14 at 16:12
@kamjel That should be the correct cable. I have not read all the details on that motherboard. There's likely a setting in the BIOS, jumper, or similar configuration item that needs to be set before the drive will be recognized. – Chris S Feb 4 '14 at 16:20
any ideas what configuration item exactly ? – kamjel Feb 5 '14 at 9:21
When connecting it via SFF-8482 cable it does not seem to work. I cannot even hear or feel HD working – kamjel Feb 5 '14 at 11:13
I really avoid Intel's crap like the plague, so no idea what configuration without diving into their hideous manual again. SCSI/SAS disks do not spin-up until the host controller tells them to. Only ATA disks spin-up without being told to. – Chris S Feb 5 '14 at 14:33

You need a SAS breakout cable, but the specifics depend on whether you will be using a backplane for the disks or not.

If you're using a single bare drive with no backplane, you'll want an SFF-8087 connector on the motherboard side and 4 x SFF-8482 for the disks.

Please see:
How exactly does a SAS SFF-8087 breakout cable work? + RAID/connection questions


What cable do I require for SFF-8087 to SAS

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Are you sure that board has a SFF-8087 connection? I don't see it in the pictures... – Chris S Jan 24 '14 at 15:42
Most server boards have SFF-8087... But if this thing has SATA headers on the motherboard, then a different cable is needed. – ewwhite Jan 24 '14 at 15:42
-1 Sorry, had to dig into the manual (I hate Intel mobos....), those blue SATA connections on the board are actually SAS. – Chris S Jan 24 '14 at 15:50
So I got a SAS board + SAS hd - what kind of cable is going to work here? – kamjel Jan 24 '14 at 16:00

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