fibre channel hard drives

I have 5 of these drives and before I get a HBA I want to know if they work to spec. Where can I go to have them checked out inexpensively,Chicago area.
lovesupremeAsked:
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DavidConnect With a Mentor PresidentCommented:
YOu just don't stick on a FC cable in the rear. It doesn't work that way. You need to spend money on an enclosure, one that is known good, of course.  You need the electronics and signal logic in a backplane.   A FC HBA is also relatively expensive, add to it FC cable, a pair of SFPs, and you are probably in the $1000 range before you start .. and that is if you are lucky enough to get something that actually works that inexpensively.

YOur best best is to find somebody local.  But for 5 disks, it just isn't worth it.
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lovesupremeAuthor Commented:
And when I find out if they work I will have some very interesting questions geared toward the commando salvage folks who want almost state of art for 10 cents on the dollar.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
To test drives to spec is EXPENSIVE.  However, to check disks for things like recovered/unrecovered errors, bad blocks, run embedded self-tests, and see if the disks are throwing out LIPs on Loop A or Loop B can be done rather inexpensively with the santools software.   It costs around $100.

You can also use it to report things like total power-on hours and grown defects and cumulative bytes read/written and errors. Those things are non-volatile.  There are some freebies out there, but if these disks came from RAID subsystems, they are probably formatted to something other than 512 bytes, so most of the utilities from even drive manufacturers will blow up.    check http://www.santools.com/smart/unix/manual (the software is also ported to windows, but LINUX or SOLARIS make a better platform due to Windows' desire to write signatures and start mucking with anything that is attached immediately).
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lovesupremeAuthor Commented:
I just have the drives but no backplane to plug them in. I want to find out if they work first before I get to finding backplanes, HBA ect. If they work then I want to see if I can adapt them to be used in a Ciprico MediaVault.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
I agree with dlethe.
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