Can you daisy chain SAS?

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Can you daisy chain SAS?

Certainly SAS does support daisy-chaining but obviously individual products don’t have to support that if they don’t want.

How many SATA drives does a SAS port have?

Instead of being limited to a maximum of eight drives on an eight-port SATA controller, an eight-port SAS controller supports the connection of up to 128 SATA and/or SAS drives per port.

What is a SAS backplane?

Backplanes are the fundamental building block to any storage appliance that is meant to support hot plugging. So, SAS expanders will always go hand in hand with powerful backplanes (whether these are in a single box or not). Usually, one link is used to attach a simple backplane to the host adapter or to a hop.

Can you use SAS and SATA drives together?

While you can use a combination of SAS and SATA hard drives running on the same controller, you cannot mix them in the same array. This means that if the hard drives are configured together in any sort of array, you would need to replace that SAS hard drive with an identical SAS hard drive.

Can you mix SAS and SATA drives?

Can I connect SATA to SAS?

SATA drives can be attached to a SAS port. Electrically, the SAS port is designed to allow attachment of a SATA drive, and will automatically run at SATA-appropriate voltages. Physically, the SAS backplane connector has an area that will allow either the gapless SAS or the gapped SATA connector to fit.

Can you mix SAS and SATA drives in RAID?

You can mix SATA and SAS on the same controller. I do it sometimes. It works best when you have dedicated drive connections (e.g. 4-lane connectors to a non-oversubscribed backplane or to a 4-disk breakout cable). Just avoid mixing types when a SAS expander is involved.

Why is SAS better than SATA?

SAS is an all-around faster technology than SATA because it transfers data out of storage just as quickly as it transfers data into storage. Servers and workstations rely heavily on data transfer, so it’s good to have hardware that can send and receive information at a fast pace.

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