Connecting Solid State Drives (SSDs)

To connect a Solid State Drive to your controller, you can use a direct-attached connection or a backplane connection, as required. If your server does not have a standard 2.5-inch drive tray, you must use a bracket/SLED which enables the SSD to fit properly.

Note: For Adaptec maxCache applications or hybrid RAID arrays (comprised of hard drives and SSDs) you can use any Solid State Drive on the compatibility list. See for a list of compatible SSDs. Adaptec maxCache is supported on Adaptec Series Q controllers only.

In a direct-attach connection (described in the steps below), you connect SSDs directly to the controller with SAS cables (mini-SAS to SATA). In a backplane connection, use the appropriate cable for your backplane type (see Connecting Drives to a System Backplane for more about backplane connections). For maxCache caching applications, you can connect a maximum of 8 maxCache-compatible SSDs to a controller. For RAID arrays, Adaptec controllers support a maximum of 256 drives, including SSDs (for details, see About Your RAID Controller).

  1. Install the SSDs in your server. For servers with a standard 2.5-inch drive tray, install the SSD directly into the tray. If your server does not have a standard 2.5-inch drive tray, use a bracket or adapter which enables it to fit properly.

    Typical SSD installation

    Use a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter toinstall your SSD if server doesnot have 2.5” tray.

  2. Use an internal mini-SAS or mini-SAS HD to SATA cable, as required, to attach the SSD(s) to the controller, as shown in the example below.
    image/svg+xml To other SSDs SSD connected to controller withinternal mini-SAS HD to SATA Fanout cable Single-port connector Internal x4 mini-SAS HD connector

  3. When all SSDs have been installed and connected, close your computer cabinet, reattach the power cord, then continue with Connecting External Devices.

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