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10-11-2020 09:47 PM - edited 10-11-2020 09:48 PM
I've recently got a z620 off eBay, pretty impressive with these workstations so far, HP definitely have done a good job with them.
I'm trying to install SAS drives to it, the backplanes support both SATA and SAS drives. I've bought a SAS 9210 card and works fine with computer. Problem is that in order for me to connect the 3 hard drive bays to the card require some special SAS cable that has Male SATA on one side, so I can connect the SATA cables that come out of the backplanes as shown in the image below I found in one of the HP SAS card installation manual for these workstations.
I haven't much luck finding this cable on eBay nor Amazon. Does anybody know what's the HP part number or have a link to such cable? Would be much appreciated!
Btw, is it me or HP likes to change their URLs left and right, 80% of the links I've found in forums and such from HP are no longer valid. Even some of the links I find in the HP search page throws 404s :facepalm:
10-11-2020 11:00 PM - edited 10-11-2020 11:02 PM
i've done this using a z820, what you missed is that the data cables are the same for SAS/SATA IE-the pinouts are the same
so there are no SAS specific cables
look on ebay for 7 pin MALE TO MALE SATA ADAPTERS
now you need a SFF-8087 to SATA/SAS cable make sure to get a "FORWARD" type cable and not the more common reverse cable, the forward type is for card to drive, reverse is card to backplane and no, the z620 does not use a backplane
10-12-2020 02:00 AM
When I received my HP Z820 workstation along with HP WE465AA LSI 9260-8i SAS RAID card, the package contained three cable assemblies:
HP p/n 483508-002, also known as HP p/n 536886-001 Cable assembly - MiniSAS cable to blind mate;
HP p/n 433775-003 (longer, 90-deg connectors) Cable assembly - MiniSAS cable to blind mate;
HP p/n 433775-004 (longer still, straight connectors) Cable assembly - MiniSAS cable to blind mate;
Also attached was HP publication 601531-B23 "LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260-8i card installation", originally intended for HP Z600 and Z800 workstations as in URL:
Fig. 5 on page 7 illustrates the configuration of the cable assembly inside the workstation.
10-12-2020 02:56 AM
i am well aware of what the hp kit contains, i made my living for over 15 years as a "IT" support tech for a service company that was HP oriented
all you need is what i listed , you will use none of those items you listed if all you want to do is connect the raid card to the z620 hotswap drive bays
10-12-2020 11:23 PM
here's a vender who sells a sff8087 to SATA (Male) cable that appears to be a "forward" type cable this should allow you to just run the cable from the card direct to the hotswap cables without using male to male adapters
10-24-2020 06:30 AM - edited 10-24-2020 06:32 AM
Great! thanks @Joselso for the part numbers, 483508-003 was exactly what I needed and found plenty of sellers on eBay selling it, so bought this one: https://www.ebay.com/itm/For-HP-1ft-SFF-8087-SAS-1-to-4-Female-Cable-483508-003-Z620-Z640-Z820-Z840-...
10-24-2020 07:12 AM - edited 10-25-2020 12:47 AM
here's the z820 hotswap data/power cable, note that the sas/sata cable is moulded into the edge connector and cannot be separated, and ends in 4 sas/sata female plugs
from the pictures i've seen of the z620 it uses the same type of arrangement but only has 3 not 4 drive connectors
you cannot connect the sas/sata sff-8087 to sas/sata female ended connector to the HP z620/z820's female sas/sata cables
it REQUIRES either a sff-8087 sas/sata MALE ended connector (which is a rather odd beast) or 4 male to male adapters
the HP 483508-003 may be a sff-8087 to sas/sata MALE cable, however i've seen it listed/sold as female and as a male
the original poster of this message will discover this when he connects his new HP cable to the raid card and then discovers it will not mate to the hotswap bay cables if it's indeed a female ended connector
this is the correct HP cable needed, note the 4 data cable ends are MALE not female
and one last warning, if you try to connect the sff-8087 cable to the motherboards MALE sata ports you will most likely damage either the board or card so don't try it
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