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I try to stick with the RAID controller or enclosure/backplane manufacturer's cables. Usually that's HP or LSI (sometimes Tripp-Lite) for me, so I haven't seen situations where this did not work. Maybe the odd case of active/passive SAS cabling, but that's extremely uncommon. There's no voodoo involved with buying these SAS cables. To answer your other ...


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This has definitely been. covered. here. before. The short answer is that it does not make sense to pursue this in any way today. It's irresponsible to consider keeping a 10+ year-old server on life-support in this manner. The historical context is that the industry moved away from Parallel SCSI (U320) to SATA and SAS beginning in 2004. New servers ...


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Realistically speaking, you're doing your employer a disservice trying to drag a machine with such old technology into the future. It's time to buy a new machine. By the time you spend the time cobbling together this bespoke solution you'll have spent more of their money than just buying a new machine. You're also leaving a major headache for the next person ...


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Let the disk fail or run until you can replace it. The controller is smart enough to complete reads from its pair in the interim. You can also use a 3Gbps disk in a pinch without consequence. Rotating/spinning disks don't come anywhere near to saturating there 6Gbps or 3Gbps links, so there's no issue there. You're likely running those 16 disks on an ...


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Upgrading the HP SAS expander is possible using Linux and a SAS HBA. Note: Flashing firmware to a SAS expander will likely not work when the expander is connected to a SAS RAID controller because that controller might hide all devices behind it from the OS. An example of a SAS HBA is Supermicro SAS2LP-MV8. In case you haven't got Linux, you can use a Linux ...



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