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So I ordered a motherboard and a hard disk. Upon their arrival I noticed that there are no cables to connect the SAS drive to the motherboard. What cables do I need?

(The motherboard supports SAS drives through the the LSI 2308 SAS controller.)

(I was unable to find anything conclusive in any manual or guide.)

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What's the make/model of the motherboard in question? What kind/how many SAS connectors are on the board? Dose the chassis you're installing this into have a mid- or back-plane for the drives? –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 2 '12 at 19:31
    
Hey @techie007 The motherboard is a SuperMicro X9DR7-LN4F with 8 SAS2 ports. The case (non-rack-mountable) is the Coolermaster Cosmos II, there doesn't seem to be a back-plane... Thanks for the help! –  Jason Tzen Nov 2 '12 at 19:40

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If you are going to use SAS drives, without an expander or a backplane, then you'll need a "forward breakout cable".

Sepcifically you'll want a "SFF-8087 to SFF-8482 Forward SAS Breakout Cable"

Here's some to look at for reference, here and here and directly from LSI here.

LSI SAS forward breakout cable

Connects the controller’s SFF-8087 Multi-lane connector(s) to up to four individual SAS or SATA drives; includes individual drive power connectors

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Thanks a lot, so this could be used to connect the motherboard to up to 4 Seagate Constellation ES drives (provantage.com/seagate-st2000nm0001~7SEGS27Y.htm)? Thanks again. –  Jason Tzen Nov 2 '12 at 20:28
    
Can't see any reason why it wouldn't. :) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Nov 2 '12 at 20:34
    
Perfect, thank you so much! –  Jason Tzen Nov 2 '12 at 20:36

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