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SAS to SATA or SAS to USB adapter

2021-10-09 by: David White
From: David White 
Does anyone have one of these?

I have a bunch of SAS drives that I need to wipe, and just realized my
external USB adapter only does IDE / SATA. It doesn't have a SAS component.

David White

=============================================================== From: Ben Bryan ------------------------------------------------------ Those are rarer than hens teeth. I've been down this path before. The cheap ones don't work and the real ones are $300+. You might be better off buying a cheap LSI HBA (on ebay for $25 or less) and slapping it into an old tower (with *nix installed) and wiping the disks that way. Ben

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ I have some empty drive bays in one of my servers. I'm half tempted to make a trip to the data center and mount to that server... -- David White

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ Of course... the reason I need to wipe these drives is that they don't play nicely with my Dell RAID controller. Half of them kept failing / not being recognized by the controller, and it turns out it was due to the type of drives + their firmware. Ok... anyone have an old desktop they want to sell me where I could plug in one of these LSI HBA cards? :) -- David White

=============================================================== From: "Jeffrey A. Wormsley" ------------------------------------------------------ Might be quicker to order one of these. https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-18in-SATA-Cable-Power/dp/B000V72AQ4/ref=sr_1_6 Jeff

=============================================================== From: David White ------------------------------------------------------ Yeah, I was just looking at that earlier this evening. Seems to be a popular search result. :) Unfortunately, if you read the fine print there, it says that the SATA controller must already support SAS drives natively. And I don't have any spare desktop or server laying around. Thanks for the thought, though. -- David White

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ David, did you ever find a way to read/wipe those sas drives? We chucked a huge honker dell pe 6850(iirc) in the dumpster last week... damn thing ran off of 220v or I would have brought it home for my collection... I kept the drives but they are paperweights w/o a sas controller...

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ Pick up a cheap PERC controller with IT mode and you are in business. On Wed, Feb 16, 2022 at 10:45 AM Ed King wrote:

=============================================================== From: Ed King ------------------------------------------------------ hmmm, maybe there's a PERCy SASy card in one of these 6 dell servers I'm preparing for the digital graveyard... dang I should have cracked open that 6850 before it cracked open my back... On Wed, Feb 16, 2022 at 1:15 PM Stephen Kraus wrote:

=============================================================== From: Stephen Kraus ------------------------------------------------------ The older PERCs might not have IT mode by default, the newer cards do have a toggle in the firmware to enable JBOD passthrough for ZFS. On Wed, Feb 16, 2022 at 1:50 PM Ed King wrote: