I am configuring a Dell Precision T7610 workstation. It has only two sata ports on board, one connected to a CD/DVD drive, and one free for the 5.25" bay. There are four 3.5 SAS bays with what looks like normal SAS backplane receptacles.
is there an electrical/electronic adaptor that allows attachment of SATA disks in these SAS bays? In particular, I would like to attach samsung evo 850 SATA ssds.
Does Dell make an alternative SATA drive bay unit that would replace the SAS drive bay unit in a Precision T76xx workstation class machine?
Currently I can insert 2.5 an 3.5 disks and they seem to be going into the SAS connector but neither my ssd 2.5" or conventional 7200rpm 3.5" disks are showing in the bios as being attached to the sas ports. Is there something I am missing like a storage controller bios mode that I haven't gotten into yet to configure so it will recognized a bare SATA drive.
I assume that if I want to use SATA drives, 4 of them, I'm going to have to rig it up myself with my own PCIe SATA controller, and actually physically modify my case to permit those bays to contain SATA drives.
i. My first test was to shove 4 available SATA drives into the 4 drive "trays" that I obtained that are compatible with this workstation. Result: ZERO drives recognized.
ii. second test: ENABLE BIOS SETTING: SAS RAID CONTROLLER. Result: All drives OTHER than the Samsung EVO 850 SSD (2.5") were recognized. 3.5" SATA 7200 RPM drives all working now.