Dell blade Re: a fun project

Don Wilde dwilde1 at
Sun Mar 30 18:55:47 PDT 2008

On Sun, Mar 30, 2008 at 8:01 PM, Pete French <petefrench at>

> > The tiny cables are the issue. Even the pcb finger connector on the
> drive is
> > a quarter of the pitch of, say a PCI connector. Tiny! Yes, the drive
> > controller does both, but it's a fabrication issue. Too much time to
> make or
> > chase down such a cable adapter.
> I can sympathise with you in this one! I recently started using SAS for
> the first time, and need a cable to connect a controller (HP P400i) to
> a drive. Would have thought that was simple, but in the end I couldn't
> find *anyone* in europe who had such a thing! had to special order one
> from the states in the end ?! I guess most people using SAS don't connect
> drives directly to controllers, but all use some hot-plug chassis or
> something. Still, it amazed me how hard it was to find (and how expensive
> whe I did find one).

Exactly. Midplanes and risers. Cables are passe' these days. :D

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