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rwate
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SAS HDD into SATA II board

Will G41 chipset (SATA II) accept my SAS drive via a cable adapter or an SAS controller card? Some say cable, others say card. I am still reading and still not clear. Star-Tech part number: SAS729PW18 & I quote..."allows you to connect a SAS drive to SATA controller that supports SAS drives." Is the "sata controller" built into my 'board, since my PC is already a SATA? Thank You. My lack of hardware knowledge belies my 3 score+5 residency here.

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AlHill
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What does your motherboard manufacturer say? That chipset is already 9 years old and no longer supported.

If Star-Tech says it will work, try it. If it does not, send it back.

Personally, rather than trying to get something to work on a board that is nine years old, I would concentrate on a new system and avoid these kinds of issues.

Doc

rwate
Beginner
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It's an INTEL 'board. Thank You for your opinion.

AlHill
Super User
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Then, tell us what board it is. Also, the board will be un-supported as well. And, if you are running Windows 10, you will be un-supported. The key here is that you are unsupported. So, you can take the leap forward, try the star-tech device, and let the rest of the community know how it goes, or does not go. You will not find anyone here who is going to tell you that this will work. The best response is that it "may" work.

Doc

rwate
Beginner
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Please allow me to rephrase my question: Does anyone out there know if my Intel board number 0HN-7XN (Dell OptiPlex 380, G41 chipset, SATA II) will support an SAS drive? I already own the drive. If I am asking in the wrong forum, please re-direct me. Thanks,

AlHill
Super User
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That is not an Intel board. Contact Dell for support.

Regarding the chipset and processor, they are not supported, and no one here is going to tell you that the startech adapter will work on equipment this old. Just try it for yourself, and if it does not work, return it to startech.

Doc

rwate
Beginner
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I see that Dell T3500 server tower can use SATA or SAS drives. It is supplied with SATA drives or you can purchase a controller card for use with SAS drives. The board has ICH7 (82801). The same controller hub as on my Dell 380. I am going to run with SYBA PEX-40096. SYBA's feedback indicates this is a go. I appreciate all the objective and subjective comments...no sarcasm intended. "The truth is out there." Remember the first heart transplant. The good doctor had to try it. So do I! My next home PC will be a server.

AlHill
Super User
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Good for you. And, 16 ddays ago, for $20.99US at Startech, you could have purchased (with a lifetime warranty), received, tested, and reported your results.

Careful with your next PC being a server. Do your research before you purchase. Also, your problem is not whether you have a server or not. It is that you have a 9-year old chipset that is not supported on your OS.

Good luck moving forward.

Doc

rwate
Beginner
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The Intel ICH7 chipset in my Opti 380 is also used in the Dell t3500 server workstation. The T3500 will accept SAS or SATA drives. It likely uses a ICH7R. (R for RAID). Tx.

rwate
Beginner
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I talked to StarTech. They say they do not make a controller for such. Intel_gent. Tanx Go Brady Bunch.

AlHill
Super User
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You were looking at SAS729PW18 from StarTech, which is a simple converter cable, not a controller.

Whatever the case, it seems like the problem has resolved itself, somehow...

Doc

rwate
Beginner
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I was "asking" about the SAS729PW18....that was before I knew then, what I now know. There are a lotsa variables on this, including latency dropout/recovery times from SAS to SATA drives. Being new to the large universe of hard/software (as opposed to just being a keystroker) is fun, but tedious. Of course, finding the right place to suck up the knowledge is key. Good Day!

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