February 27th, 2010, 04:05 AM #1
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Installing a SAS Backplane, or using a SATA to SAS Adapter?
I have a Toshiba Satellite A205-S5825, and I'm currently working on getting some new upgrades put in (Whatever upgrades possible) and I'm currently at a roadblock. I currently have the standard 5400RPM SATA 1.5Gb/s HD and I'm wanting to upgrade to a 10K SAS 6.0Gb/s FF 2.5". I know it's the right form factor I'm just concerned that the SAS drive will not be compatible with my SATA backplane and I'm wondering how difficult it is to swap out a SATA backplane for a SAS. I'm pretty sure I found the right part at the following website:
SAS Adapter 4200 - Internal SAS and SATA drive backplane adapter for 2.5 inch drives - Computer Cable Makers Inc.
My only concern is that I really should consult someone who knows about this before I run off messing with this and spending money left and right when it wont even work. I am very proficient with hardware in notebooks and taking them apart and doing work on them, they bust so easily and we have 8 in the house so I'm constantly working with them, and I'm very good at it. I just want to know before I go and do anything drastic if it is possible and I'd like to speak with someone who has done it before so I'm not completely lost.
Thanks for the help guys!!!
February 27th, 2010, 05:51 AM #2
I haven't done this before but I can tell you that it will depend on how this compares to your existing SATA controller. If the size, direction, shape, etc are all the same then you would only need to be sure that there aren't any hardware limitations of the mainboard that would give you an issue. (knowing Toshiba, I would check)
That being said, if you are familiar with computers you should be able to crack your laptop with a reasonable amount of frustration. Be ready to think though because the first few times I did it I felt like I was prying apart a rubix cube. Once you get the hang of it and realize how well the plastics hold up (and where they will break) you should be fine.
Another thought is in my experience Toshiba lappys run very hot and have poor ventilation. Make sure you consider any difference in heat disipation you will see from the new drive. When laptops decide they are hot, they only make good door stops.
... and you should be fine. I swap parts around in my Dells all the time without issue. I've just never swapped a SATA controller.
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February 27th, 2010, 06:44 AM #3It measures .6” high and 2.76” wide for high-density drive arrays, and easily mounts to your hardware for Hot-Swapping of 2.5” DrivesImagine a world where dogs took bad owners to the pound...
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