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06-10-2020 01:20 PM
Operating System: Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
I need to mount a couple of 10K SAS hard drives in my Z440 with the LSI 9217-4i4e SAS controller The drive cages, of course, are just the standard "no tools" 3.5" drive cages that come with this machine. I THINK the adapters to mount 2.5" hard drives are these:
Hp P/N 661914-001 or 651314-001
This is just a plastic tray/box, no connectors. Is this the correct adapter?
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06-11-2020 12:19 AM - edited 06-11-2020 12:26 AM
The Z440 has the usual anti-vibration 3.5" slider drive mounts that take standard drives, and the device we have been using for years now from HP is a metal adapter that fits into that, and then the 2.5" form factor SSD or HDD fits into the metal adapter that costs about 8.50 USD on eBay new. These line things up perfectly also in the Z620/Z640 drive drawers so they mesh correctly with the rear built in "blindmate" connectors those have.
The part number is 654540-001 or -002, and go look on eBay at those. Lowest cost are from China where they are made by Foxconn for HP, but that takes extra time. These are nice sturdy HP items..... You just need to add in 4 short M3 screws, and many come with those. I'm remembering that both SATA and SAS drives fit equally well in these and interface perfectly via the built in BlindMate connector. I've not used SAS so can't tell you from direct experience. We're using either 2.5" current SATA SSD drives in these, or Z Turbo Drives. What is the big benefit of going your way with SAS fast spinners?
I'm doing some testing with the Z440/Z640... finding that some non-HP Samsung M.2 sticks work fine in the ZTD G2 PCIe card at full speed, and loading up a 512GB 2020 M.2 stick costs a total of 100.00 because I have a stash of cast off low capacity ZTD G2 drive PCIe cards. Helps to be a junk collector at times...
06-11-2020 09:34 AM
Thanks. I did see those when I initially looked for the part. There is an issue with SAS drives, in that the connector in this adapter only supports single port SAS, and will in fact "convert" a dual port (drive output so that the connector presents a single port to the cable. I haven't the faintest idea what this might mean in terms of the LS9217-4i4e/Z440, as I am by no stretch of the imagination any kind of server or drive expert.
I got in the habit of running RAID 1 SAS as my boot configuration (via a SAS controller card) with my Z210. Those 10K SAS drives are just (relatively inexpensive) "battleships," IMHO.
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