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Hp 15K SaS HardDrive Green Light On But Not Spinning Up

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January 22, 2013 4:09:50 PM

I used to own a hp z800 workstation however I sold this and purchased my self a computer more suited to gaming. I had alot of data on my old computer and as I ran two harddrives I decided to keep one with all my data on it before selling. My new pc arrived about 10 days ago and then I noticed my old harddrive was SAS not sata connections. I purchased a SAS to SATA adapter from amazon however when I plugged it in the harddrive would get power (the green light under the harddrive would come one) however the mother board would not detect the drive. I have tried this on 2 different computers with different motherboards with the effect.

During the time that I was getting my new pc the harddrive just sat on my desk not doing much however, i did leave my ipad onto of it by accident as i left a piece of paper on top so it was hidden. I did not this of it as much until i picked up my ipad which has a smart case and it lifted up the harddrive ever slow slightly before i pulled it off. It is important to note that the magnets in the apple ipad case are no strong at all and would certinly surprise me if they were the reason why my harddrive does not spin up.

I take it that it is not spinning up as there is no noise from it when i power my pc or and vibrations coming from it, however that green light it glowing as shown in a pic below!

I then purchased another SAS to SATA adapter and i thought that the cable may of been faulty however with it arriving today it is the same story, green light no spinning.

I was interested by the small 4 pin connector next to the sas connector and wondered if this had anything to do with it???

My amazon SAS to SATA cables I got were here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Akasa-AK-CB059-Blue-single-cabl...

http://www.amazon.co.uk/StarTech-com-18in-SATA-Cable-Po...

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The Green Light:

The 4 pin extra connector?

If you want any more images please say.

Please help I have alot of content on this harddrive!!!!!!!

a c 79 G Storage
January 22, 2013 4:22:06 PM

The SAS drive is getting power (as indicated by the green light) so that's not the problem.

Magnetism from an external source would not cause the platters to stop spinning, it would simply erase the data they contained, and only then if the magnetism was very powerful.

When a drive is getting power but refuses to spin up, it is a good sign that the drive has failed.
January 22, 2013 4:36:07 PM

phil22 said:
The SAS drive is getting power (as indicated by the green light) so that's not the problem.

Magnetism from an external source would not cause the platters to stop spinning, it would simply erase the data they contained, and only then if the magnetism was very powerful.

When a drive is getting power but refuses to spin up, it is a good sign that the drive has failed.


Is there a way to check this? Or mend it in any way? Or any idea why the drive has just decided to break while not in use? It was not in use for about 10 days.
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a c 271 G Storage
January 22, 2013 5:35:58 PM

AFAICT, the cables you have purchased merely adapt the SAS pinout to SATA. You still need a SAS controller card.

Here is an "Interposer Board" that looks like your adapter:
http://www.scsi4me.com/hp-398291-001-sas-sata-adapter-f...

"This device fits on back of a SAS Drive and breaks out the SAS connector into separate bus and power connectors.  This allows you to connect a SAS drive to your SAS controller (either onboard or added) that uses the 7pin SAS/SATA connector type. Uses SATA power connector. "
January 22, 2013 5:47:56 PM

fzabkar said:
AFAICT, the cables you have purchased merely adapt the SAS pinout to SATA. You still need a SAS controller card.

Here is an "Interposer Board" that looks like your adapter:
http://www.scsi4me.com/hp-398291-001-sas-sata-adapter-f...

"This device fits on back of a SAS Drive and breaks out the SAS connector into separate bus and power connectors.  This allows you to connect a SAS drive to your SAS controller (either onboard or added) that uses the 7pin SAS/SATA connector type. Uses SATA power connector. "


So are you saying that the interproser is what i require to get this to work?
a c 271 G Storage
January 22, 2013 6:17:07 PM

No, all I'm saying is that both your adapter and the "interposer" only adapt the connector. They do not contain any SATA-SAS bridge electronics. In both cases you still need an SAS controller.

I merely quoted the description because it was clearer than those you got from Amazon.

Here is another explanation:
http://pinoutsguide.com/HD/serialATA_pinout.shtml

"SATA drives may be plugged into Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) controllers and communicate on the same physical cable as native SAS disks. SAS disks, however, may not be plugged into a SATA controller."
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