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December 17, 2012 5:44:51 PM

Hello I ran across a hard drive in a resale shop Hitachi hus154530vlf400 hitachi ultrastar 300gb 15k rpm. Well, I didn't recognize the connection but I picked it up anyhow . And now I am trying to figure out what kind of connection this is, the price was right or so I thought. It is the only connection on this hard drive so I'm guessing that it must be sharing a data and power connection in one.
My thought was to use this as my primary Drive, even though it isn't a very big but it seems to be very fast. I was going to use A external 2 terabyte hard drive for file storage

Thanks in advance. Clyde


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a c 272 G Storage
December 18, 2012 9:51:08 AM
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The drive has a "Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop (FCAL) 4Gb/s interface":

http://www.hgst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/B76E07FDC...$file/US15K450_DS_final.pdf

December 18, 2012 2:22:38 PM

cm8647 said:
Hello I ran across a hard drive in a resale shop Hitachi hus154530vlf400 hitachi ultrastar 300gb 15k rpm. Well, I didn't recognize the connection but I picked it up anyhow . And now I am trying to figure out what kind of connection this is, the price was right or so I thought. It is the only connection on this hard drive so I'm guessing that it must be sharing a data and power connection in one.
My thought was to use this as my primary Drive, even though it isn't a very big but it seems to be very fast. I was going to use A external 2 terabyte hard drive for file storage

Thanks in advance. Clyde


http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz120/cm8647/harddriveconnection_zps1f4c87b6.jpg


If memory serves me right I think It's a SCSI drive. A fast one indeed.
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a c 272 G Storage
December 18, 2012 4:18:01 PM

The command set is SCSI, but Fibre Channel is a kind of serial interface.

See section 7.1.1 for the interface pinout:

Hitachi Ultrastar 15K450 (FC-AL) Hard Disk Drive Specification:
http://www.hgst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/12985DACE...$file/US15K450_FCAL_spec_ver1.2.pdf
December 18, 2012 7:19:36 PM

fzabkar said:
The command set is SCSI, but Fibre Channel is a kind of serial interface.

See section 7.1.1 for the interface pinout:

Hitachi Ultrastar 15K450 (FC-AL) Hard Disk Drive Specification:
http://www.hgst.com/tech/techlib.nsf/techdocs/12985DACE...$file/US15K450_FCAL_spec_ver1.2.pdf


My bad, upon further research I found FC-AL is indeed listed as one of the several interfaces that uses the SCSI command set.
December 19, 2012 1:29:32 PM

Hello Thank you for helping me identify this drive connection, well now that I have this hard drive identified, I'm looking for a good way to connect it to my system. I found 2 different "T-Card" Adapters

CS-Electronics FCA-3500 Single-Drive "T-Card" Adapter - PTP Interface
[FCA-3500] http://www.scsi4me.com/fca-3500-single-drive-t-card-ada...

CS-Electronics FCA-3000 Single-Drive "T-Card" Adapter - DB9 Interface
[FCA-3000] http://www.scsi4me.com/fca-3000-single-drive-t-card-ada...

which one of these if either would work best to install 4 Hus154530vlf400 hitachi ultrastar 300gb 15k rpm To my PC
December 19, 2012 3:00:53 PM

cm8647 said:
Hello Thank you for helping me identify this drive connection, well now that I have this hard drive identified, I'm looking for a good way to connect it to my system. I found 2 different "T-Card" Adapters

CS-Electronics FCA-3500 Single-Drive "T-Card" Adapter - PTP Interface
[FCA-3500] http://www.scsi4me.com/fca-3500-single-drive-t-card-ada...

CS-Electronics FCA-3000 Single-Drive "T-Card" Adapter - DB9 Interface
[FCA-3000] http://www.scsi4me.com/fca-3000-single-drive-t-card-ada...

which one of these if either would work best to install 4 Hus154530vlf400 hitachi ultrastar 300gb 15k rpm To my PC


Looks like they check out just make sure you have the right cables/connectors to connect these drives with the adapter.
a c 272 G Storage
December 19, 2012 5:42:06 PM

@cm8647, you need a Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter. Unfortunately that will probably cost much more than the drive plus the interface adapters. ISTM that it would be best to swallow your loss and resell the drive.
December 19, 2012 11:02:45 PM

fzabkar said:
@cm8647, you need a Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter. Unfortunately that will probably cost much more than the drive plus the interface adapters. ISTM that it would be best to swallow your loss and resell the drive.


Would something like this work I am finding these for under $50


QLA®2460 Host Bus Adapter
December 19, 2012 11:11:28 PM

fzabkar said:
@cm8647, you need a Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter. Unfortunately that will probably cost much more than the drive plus the interface adapters. ISTM that it would be best to swallow your loss and resell the drive.



What kinda equipment would you find Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter used in? Ive been finding some server equipment for sell at cheap prices, what might I be keeping my eye out for?

ty
December 20, 2012 12:20:17 AM

cm8647 said:
What kinda equipment would you find Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapter used in? Ive been finding some server equipment for sell at cheap prices, what might I be keeping my eye out for?

ty


It is almost exclusively used in server/workstation motherboards and RAID/host cards.

Fibre channel add in cards usually are connected via PCI-X or PCI-E 1x/4x/8x/16x so make sure you buy the right card and the right adaptor for the drive.
December 20, 2012 7:43:06 PM

I just got 2 IBM 24P8174 2.12 Gbps PCI Express / 133 MHz Host Bus Adapter paid $3.99 for both, hope I got something that works. Not a clue what Im doing, guess I will just plug it and stick my tongue to it. lol





"there was an old woman who swallowed a fly"
a c 272 G Storage
December 20, 2012 8:27:11 PM

ISTM you will need cabling plus the PTP adapter PCB. Then you'll need to jumper the drive ID (SEL_ID).

You will also need to jumper the Start Mode. This determines whether the drive spins up when power is applied, or whether it powers up in standby.

The DEV_CTRL_CODE signals determine the link speed. According to the manual, the default state is 1.0625 GHz.

Have fun.
December 21, 2012 1:49:25 AM

OK thanks for help all, the next thing I was looking at was a SUN 501-5822 2 Slot FC Backplane
could this work for me?

fairly sure I can figure out how to mount this and not too afraid of trying to alter, add or move board components, as long as I have clear instructions and info.








a c 272 G Storage
December 21, 2012 3:06:02 AM

You already know more about Fibre Channel than I do. :-)

At this point it would be just a case of the blind leading the blind. Sorry.
December 28, 2012 10:15:02 AM

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