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SAS connector

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a b G Storage
August 4, 2008 8:19:24 AM


I've come across used fujitsu MAX3147 SAS harddrives.

they are of the 3.5'' form factor if that can help

However I dont know what kind of controller to buy and what cable that I should use to connect them. I've searched a lot on google but I havent found anything yet. Do you know how I can identify the correct connector types and the correct SAS controller card I should buy?

Thank you

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August 4, 2008 3:55:01 PM

Most SAS controllers today use a SFF-8087 type connector normally called mini-sas. This can then plug directly into backplanes, SATA hard drives, SAS hard drives and other connections. For you to use a SAS hard drive without a backplane you will need this cable. (or one like it)

Go to this link and scroll down

There are a few different SAS cards listed there. But you can use any SAS controller you want either RAID or not. I would stick to Adaptec, 3ware, or Intel/LSI. If you get a really old controller in may have a different interface and you would need that cable type accordingly, which is most likely also listed on that page above.
a b G Storage
August 6, 2008 3:47:11 AM


thank you for your time

this image seems to say that sff-8482 connectors are compatible with "old power supply" kind of connectors
this seems to be the same with all sff-8482 connectors

this must be the safest bet i have so far
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August 6, 2008 1:58:45 PM

I cant tell from that picture you linked to if the adapter is attached or if it come off allowing a SATA tyoe power connection. I have seen some older Adaptec cables that were attached and you could not remove them. The cable I linked to provides a SATA connection for power and also comes with the adapters. I use this cable for my SAS drives and connect it directly to a SATA power connection.

What controller are you looking at?
June 3, 2009 11:10:17 AM

SFF-8482 29p can connect SAS HDD, 7p is to SATA HDD.