Connecting Drives Directly to the Controller

In a direct-attach connection, SAS or SATA disk drives are connected directly to a SAS card with SAS cables. The number of direct-attached disk drives is limited to four per internal SAS connector. (For more information about direct-attach connections, see How Disk Drives are Identified in SAS.)

  1. Install your internal SAS or SATA disk drives, following the instructions in your system's documentation.
  2. Use internal SAS, mini-SAS, or mini-SAS HD cables to attach the disk drives to the controller, as required.
  3. When all internal disk drives have been installed and attached to the controller, close your computer cabinet, reattach the power cord, then continue with Connecting External Devices.

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