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IBM eServer xSeries 336 - 2x2 SAS Backplane Installation

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I have an IBM eServer xSeries 336 that has a 2-slot U320 SCSI backplane. The x336 manual says that this server can support a 2x2 SAS 25.25" backplane - Does anyone know IBM part number do I need, and is there a basic instruction manual for this conversion?

I found the following part advertised on Amazon:

"IBM - Server SATA/SAS hot swap backplane"
http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=IBM+-+Server+SATA%2FSAS+hot+swap+backplane&x=0&y=0

Amazon were unable to tell me if this was the correct part I was looking for and passed me onto IBM. IBM passed me on to 3 different departments and nobody seems to know much about this model of server...

I would appreciate any help you can give me,

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http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250442887561
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For the part numbers if nothing else.
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Whoops. - Try this one. - It's SAS vs SCSI.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310146802881
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Hi PCBONEZ,

The first item looks to be the  only 4 slot backplane that will store 4 x 2.5" disks for the x336. I was under the impression that this backplane also supported SAS drives but it seems to be the general consensus that this backplane supports 2.5" SCSI disks...

The second item is for x366 as opposed to the x336 - This is a far bigger server, so I've a feeling the unit's not compatible with the x336. Looks like I'll have to find and external 2.5" SAS enclosure for this server and leave the 2 x 3.5" SCSI disk backplane in the server
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Thanks for your help - IBM make it close to impossible to locate that part. Even when I google the part no., I can't find one image of that server part!
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