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Don't do it. There's no reason to pursue trying to convert an 11 year-old server to SATA. There's absolutely no upside to it. The backplane is not required to power the server on, though.


That particular RAID controller claims 8-lane PCI Express 2.0 compliancy meaning that effectively you'll already be limited to 8 * 4 Gbs = 32 Gbs (or 4000 MB/s) regardless of what's connected to the RAID card. Each SAS SFF8088 connector will cary 4 SAS lanes over a single cable, when each link is at the maximum 6 Gbs port speed theoretically you indeed get ...


Based on my experience with similar controllers like Smart Array P420i from ProLiant ML350p Gen8 or ServeRAID M5015 SAS/SATA Controller from IBM x3560 M3 I'd say: 6Gbps per mini-SAS (i.e. 12Gbps) - best possible scenario. I have not tested two SFF8088 ports, only one, and I've hit 6 gbps limit.


The connector style (SATA vs SAS) doesn't affect the protocol they speak, this confused me at first too. The big difference is that SAS style has the power combined with the data into a single connector, whereas SATA style separates the power/data connector. There are some other slight difference but they're not important for this. According to the Newegg ...


Sata drivers come by default with debian squeeze's kernel images, unless you told it at the time to only include the needed drivers when the initramfs was being built, and there was no sata hardware in the system. It's a question that gets asked I believe during initial install of the OS. If you would not have included most modules but opted for the smaller ...


In the SATA specification this is referred to as hot plug and hot removal and they are two separate events. While the electrical and communication layers support both hot plug and hot removal, check that your drive controller, operating system, and drivers support them. Note that all of the below ONLY applies to host and devices (ie, drive controllers and ...


I've always thought it makes sense to connect the data cable first. When the drive is off, there will be no noise when you connect the data cable. (That's my 2 cents).


It is theoretically best to connect the power cable to the hard drive to allow the hard drive the brief second to initialize, but this is seriously only a brief 'moment'. If you look at the power connectors on a SATA 15-pin power cable and on the 7-pin data connector you will notice that some of the traces extend out slightly, this allows the powered ...


This question would get more answer and attention on superuser's section. For your question, I would follow the manual from your motherboard (asrock). Usually the harddrive will warn up when you plug it, thus it's more logic to plug the Ac before, and after the data cable, but honestly I don't think there is a order, as hdd caddy do plug them at the same ...


No, you can't just use any SSD in that model server. The Smart Array P410 array controller is a little sensitive, but will work with most SSDs. For others, it may not recognize the disks or will show error lights or even cause the system fan speeds to increase (because of misread SSD temperature sensors). Being more specific about which SSDs you'd like to ...


You can use any SAS or SATA 2.5" disk in this server. If you use SATA, the speeds will be downshifted to 1.5Gbps. For this disk form-factor, SAS drives provide greater capacity. You can get them in 146, 300, 450, 600, 900 and 1200GB capacities. Don't mess with USB on a server this old... I believe it's limited to USB 2.0 speeds.

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