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how to connect sas harddrive from xw 8600 workstation as slave in normal computer
 sas drive has SATA convertor (came with xw 8600 workstation ) , but it is not detecting when we connect normal computer
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While they have matching connectors, SAS is not SATA.  Your system may need a SAS expander card to support SAS drives.  SAS is used mostly in RAID and cost a bit more than SATA.

Something like this:  http://www.amazon.com/HP-468406-B21-Sas-Expander-Card/dp/B0025ZQ16K
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There is adapter , like below , so it can connect to normal computer SATA . But it is not detecting the harddrive !

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sparepart-SATA-Adapter-Refurbished-398291-001/dp/B001JDLQM8
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SAS supports SATA, but not the other way around.
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what do you mean by

"SAS supports SATA, but not the other way around. "

so is it not possible to connect on normal computer'SATA as slave ?
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Not onto a SATA connector.  You can attach a SATA drive onto a SAS bus.  You need a SAS card.
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so how can i transfer data from SAS drive , if it is not booting
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HOW :
install a sas controller, and connect the disk to it
connect it as second drive, to copy the files - don't try to boot from it

**it may be easier to do that with the drive in the workstation, and connecting a sata drive for copying the files
you can always boot from a live cd for this
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I've already pointed you to a link in my first post.  If you want something cheaper, then try this :  http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816118114&cm_re=sas-_-16-118-114-_-Product

Most SAS controller cards are going to cost more.  You usually get SAS disks for RAID, so the cards are generally also RAID cards.
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