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Dell Desktop Tower that supports 4 SATA 3TB hard drives. ??????

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I have a Dell Precision Workstation 380 with WinXP 32 bit.   I love it.  I have it configured with 4 SATA HD (I had to make a minor modification),  I need a second computer that will support four 3TB drives.  I think I am looking for a 64 bit system, that way I can run either WinXP 64 or Win 7.

I am looking for a used tower that I can purchase from eBay or Dell used inventory with 3.0 + GHz and 4GB memory.

What older models meets my needs??????

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  • Sorry I know I will have trouble booting from a 3TB drive.  Should have read one 2tb, and three 3TB drives.

  • Precision 690 comes to mind but you would need a sata controller and 64 bit windows.

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  • Thanks, I looked at the 690 but I noticed that it had only 3 SATA  jacks.  I am not sure what a SAS drive is.  I found on the internet a cable that looks like it plugs into the SAS outlet on the motherboard on one end and into a SATA drive on the other end. 

    I this what you are talking about for a "sata controller" ????  Or do I need a sata controller PCI card ???

  • SAS is not the same as SATA.  SATA or Serial ATA

    SAS, or Serial Attached SCSI, is NOT the same. I am not aware of ANY desktops with SAS.

    Adaptec 2274200-R PCI-Express 3.0 x8 Low Profile Ready SATA / SAS RAID Controller Card - Kit

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  • This is from the Precision 690 user manual

    Your computer supports:

        Up to four SAS (serial-attached SCSI) hard drives and one serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, or five SATA hard drives

        Up to four CD/DVD drives (if no floppy drive, Media Card Reader, or hard drive is installed in a 5.25-inch bay)

        One floppy drive or Media Card Reader

    General Drive Installation Guidelines

    When you install a drive, you connect two cables—a DC power cable from the power supply and a data cable—to the back of the drive. The other end of the

    data cable will connect to either an expansion card or to the system board. Most connectors are keyed for correct insertion; that is, a notch or a missing pin on

    one connector matches a tab or a filled-in hole on the other connector.

    Power Cable Connectors

    SATA and SAS hard drives should be connected to connectors labeled "HDD" on the system board, with the exception of a fifth SATA hard drive installed in a

    5.25-inch drive bay, which much be connected to the SATA0 connector. Non-hard drive SATA devices should be attached to the connectors labeled SATA. IDE

    CD/DVD drives should be connected to the connectors labeled "IDE."

    HOWEVER, the photo of the motherboard only show 3 SATA connection ???????? (item 11 ) and

    4 SAS connections item 14, 15, 16, 17

    I am very confuse. ???????????

  • " Up to four SAS (serial-attached SCSI) hard drives " is an option that has a controller and special cables.

    Something Like DELL - PERC 5I SAS  RAID CONTROLLER. For the 690 the proper cable connects to the 5i and has 4 SAS connectors and you plug the SATA stye power into each cable head near the drive.

    This product has been tested and validated on Dell systems to ensure it will work with your computer and is compatible with Dell Precision WorkStation 690. The cable is F3X1984-01M | Dell Part# : A1728666

    Part Number(s): UF070/ 0UF070 SAS Interposer Connector (SAS Converter TO SATA) For Dell Computers
    Category: Internal Parts and Assemblies
    Sub Category: Connectors
    Notes: Convertes the SAS Interface Into A SATA Interface
    Part Number UF070/ 0UF070 compatible with the following Dell Models:

    Precision T7400, Precision T7500, Precision WorkStation 690 (1 Kw Power Supply), Precision WorkStation 690 (750 Mw Power Supply), Precision WS490, Precision WS690, Precision WS690e

    Part Number(s): HG129/ 0HG129 Perc 5/ i SAS Raid Controller For Dell Computers
    Category: Internal Parts And Assemblies
    Sub Category: Boards (RAID)
    Part Number HG129/ 0HG129 compatible with the following Dell Models:

    Precision WorkStation 490, Precision WorkStation 690, Precision WorkStation 690 (1 Kw Power Supply), Precision WorkStation 690 (750 Mw Power Supply)
    Part Number(s): PJ058/ 0PJ058 SAS HD Data Cable Assembly, 4 Drop, PWS (ROHS) For Dell Computers
    Category: Internal Parts And Assemblies
    Sub Category: Cables
    Part Number PJ058/ 0PJ058 compatible with the following Dell Models:

    Precision T7400, Precision WorkStation 690, Precision WorkStation 690 (1 Kw Power Supply), Precision WorkStation 690 (750 Mw Power Supply), Precision WS690, Precision WS690e


    Dell (Original) UF070 Interposer Board for SAS drives

    Manufacturer's Part Number: UF070

    This adapter plugs onto a SAS drive with an SFF-8482 Female connector and presents a

    SATA2 drive connector. It can be used to hook a SAS drive onto a SATA controller.

    Internal SFF-8484 to 4 x SATA Cable

    CAB-SAS-INT-8484-SATA1-4C-BN-OE
    Manufacturer's Part Number: CBL-0103L




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