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Remove PCIe RAID Controller and Use OnBoard MiniSAS?

Goce Ristov
Occasional Advisor

Remove PCIe RAID Controller and Use OnBoard MiniSAS?

I have a DL360e with a PCIe P410 Raid Controller. Since I will be installing FreeNAS, and ideally would want to add two NVMe SSDs to the both PCIe slots, I would like to remove the P410 RAID controller card.

However, I can see that from the 8 bay SDD hard drive cage run two Mini SAS (SFF-8087) cables to each of the Mini SAS ports on the P410 card. On the motherboard there is only one Mini SAS connector.

Can I remove the P410 and still use all 8 bays of the drive cage? If yes, how can I connect the two cables into the one Mini SAS port? Will a cable like this help me?

(1 )33-inch (850 mm) mini-SAS Y cable with clip

https://www.amazon.com/754375-001-Mini-SAS-cable-kit/dp/B00ELOEESA

The one that is contained in the Mini SAS cable kit Spare Part Number: 754375-001

Any suggestions how to solve this are most welcomed!

1 REPLY
TTr
Honored Contributor

Re: Remove PCIe RAID Controller and Use OnBoard MiniSAS?

The on-board mini SAS connector is a 4-port connector. You can use one of the cables from the P410 controller to connect only 4 of the eight disks in the disk cage.