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  1. This seems to be the most suitable forum group to post as I believe I am dealing with cables between controller and drive/enclosure. I apologize if I am wrong. I have Icy Dock "Tough Armor" 5.25" enclosure (6 x 2,5") for SAS/SATA enclosure MB996SP-6SB. SAS controller is 9361 and it supports all drives I have, SAS, SATA as long as they are connected directly to controller (using appropriate sas or sata forward breakout cables). Problem begins when I connect enclosure to SAS controller (using SFF-8087 SAS to SATA Forward Breakout Cable) then my SAS SSDs aren't recognized any longer while SATA SSDs work fine. Do I need different cable for these SAS SSDs (Reverse Breakout, crossover)? Details: - IcyDock backplane has connectors that accept both SAS and SATA drives in enclosure. Both SAS and SATA disks fit correctly and that's according the manufacturer's manual. - On rear side of IcyDock there are 6 "SATA" connectors (labeled SATA) - which I find strange for SAS/SATA enclosure. - SFF-8087 SAS to SATA Forward Breakout Cable is used between SAS controller and enclosure.
  2. I'm looking for suggestions on what to buy when it comes to a storage system for removable hard drives. It'll be used in a small office environment meaning it should be reliable, quiet, and reasonably fast. I currently have a Proavio 4-bay rack enclosure with removable drives: It's connected to my Mac Pro through Firewire 800 but has a few flaws: it won't accept drive bigger than 2TB, it's noisy (yes, I've changed the fans), each hard drive needs a tray to be attached and a couple of other frustrations. I also didn't end up installing it in a rack, so this time around I'm considering a "tower" of some sort. I've been looking at 5.25" backplane modules such as these from Orico: My guess is that they don't contain any interface electronics, so I wouldn't run into a hard drive size limit as now, because that depends on the SATA bridge board I decide to use. They're also trayless meaning I can just pop in the drives. The problem however is that these modules are designed for PC cases and not stand-alone as I need (there's no such space available in my Mac Pro). Firewire (and possibly USB) would be nice, but since my Mac Pro has an eSATA interface I should be fine with just SATA. So, are there any ready made desktop systems with those features? I'm also open for other suggestions, but being able to exchange drives is a "must have" feature I've found invaluable when making backups and whenever my drives fill up.