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    Need advice from someone who knows what FC-AL-2 is ?

    I found some REALLY cheep 10k SCSSI drives, but they have a FC-AL-2 interface.

    Could I use one of these http://store.thescsistore.com/newsca2adorb.html

    so I could use these http://www.pcwb.com/catalogue/item/SEADR413

    on a normal SCSSI controller ??

    Cheers

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    Re: Need advice from someone who knows what FC-AL-2 is ?

    These are fibre channel devices and will need a specific fibre channel contoller (HBA an fibre channel speak) I am not very familiar with the rechnology except that fibre channel can run over twisted pair (which I suspect these are as they have a 40 pin centronics interface.)

    The SCA2 physical interface is described here http://www.rackmount.com/RAID/HD_Interface.htm
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    Re: Need advice from someone who knows what FC-AL-2 is ?

    FC-AL-2 is fibre channel drive so the answer is no i believe

    *bah beaten to it , teach me to wander off half way through a reply
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    Re: Need advice from someone who knows what FC-AL-2 is ?

    The manual for the device you linked to is here

    http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/...tah_10k7_fc_pm.

    Here are some deatils of adaptors that might work with that drive http://www.cs-electronics.com/fibre-...l-adapters.htm
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    Re: Need advice from someone who knows what FC-AL-2 is ?

    http://store.thescsistore.com/newsca2adorb.html

    this is used to convert a 80 pin to a 68 pin scsi card

    http://www.pcwb.com/catalogue/item/SEADR413

    this is a fiber channel drive and has a 40 pin connector

    installation pdf
    http://www.seagate.com/support/disc/...10k7_fc_ig.pdf

    short answer = no

    ive never used adaptors i always match scsi cards to the drives



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    Re: Need advice from someone who knows what FC-AL-2 is ?

    Quote Originally Posted by djfluff View Post
    I found some REALLY cheep 10k SCSSI drives, but they have a FC-AL-2 interface.

    Could I use one of these http://store.thescsistore.com/newsca2adorb.html

    so I could use these http://www.pcwb.com/catalogue/item/SEADR413

    on a normal SCSSI controller ??

    Cheers
    Can I ask how cheap?
    And what size?

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    Re: Need advice from someone who knows what FC-AL-2 is ?

    Just to add, the Fibre channel HBA's (or the cards needed for a fibre channel interface) tend to be well over £1000 a piece!
    That'll probably offset any saving you make on those 10k drives
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    Re: Need advice from someone who knows what FC-AL-2 is ?

    Quote Originally Posted by badass View Post
    Just to add, the Fibre channel HBA's (or the cards needed for a fibre channel interface) tend to be well over £1000 a piece!
    That'll probably offset any saving you make on those 10k drives
    If that would be true, then I might be rich, as I have more then one laying around here

    As everything else, it depends on the model you are looking after.
    You can get cheap ones, and you can get expensive ones.

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    Re: Need advice from someone who knows what FC-AL-2 is ?

    Thanks guys. It was a nice idea...

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