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Easiest/Cheapest way to add SAS drives to a regular desktop PC

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Posted · Original PosterOP



Haven't posted here in a while but hoping someone could help. Basically I have acquired 3x 300gb 15K hp sas drives and I want to install them in a regular desktop PC (no sas controller). I want to know what the cheapest/easiest way to go about this would be. I know I would have to buy a sas controller pcie card, but does anyone have any recommendations? I have searched ebay and found things like this: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-WY335-0WY335-PCI-Express-Perc-6-i-6i-SAS-SATA-RAID-Controller-Card-/201667086345?hash=item2ef44b8809:g:fkoAAOSw44BYRWLf which look like they would do the trick if I can find the correct cables, or even this one which comes with cables: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-SAS-6-iR-RAID-Controller-Card-0JW063-PCI-E-2x-146GB-SAS-CHEETAH-15K-0XX518-/112386479588?hash=item1a2ac195e4:g:9~EAAOSwtfhYsaZ-. However I'm aware that these are from servers so are they likely to work with regular desktop motherboards? Further, would dell cards work with HP drives or do they tend to be locked down to one manufacturer? I should note that I will be using windows 10 as the OS. 


On another note, I do have a  Adaptec ASC-39320A SCSI PCI X card (https://www.amazon.com/Dell-ASC-39320A-Ultra320-Controller-Compatible/dp/B00DYBXN10) which I know works in Windows 10 (despite being connected to a regular PCI port). I don't suppose there is any way I can adapt the 68pin scsi interface to SAS? 


I know none of this is really convenient and/or won't be a very fast storage option but I got the parts for free and I have an old shuttle shoebox PC which I'm messing around with to see if I can make a little makeshift NAS out of, purely for fun, and I would like to put these old drives to use since they are currently collecting dust. Any input would be appreciated!



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Do you want a raid card or hba?


Id personally get a newer card like this one http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dell-0H215J-PERC-H200-Raid-PCI-E-SAS-6GB-S-Internal-Controller-H215J-/272665975973?hash=item3f7c289ca5:g:-7YAAOSw~y9ZEzKN


You can't conver scsi to sas.


Id probably also just get a cheap 1tb hdd instead, those old sas drives are very hot, loud, and power hungy.

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what he said ^


Dell rebranded cards are going to be your cheapest option for a SAS controller. But like Electronics pointed out, they create a lot of noise and heat - you'd be much better off just getting a 500GB-1TB SATA drive.


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