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I want to connect an older XRaid to an Intel G5 desktop. I

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I want to connect an older XRaid to an Intel G5 desktop. I used this XRaid for years, with it connected to an XServe computer, and then to a gigabit ethernet switch, which made it available to numerous workstations. Now I want to bypass the server and switch, and connect the raid directly to my G5. I thought I could just move the fiber optic card from my server to my G5, but the G5 accepts only PCI-express cards and the one from the server is an older PCI card. What solutions can you offer?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I got a reply from my expert that he needs more information, but I can't find anywhere what information he needs.
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Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.
Perhaps I can help. I may need more information but from what you say it sounds like you need a compatible card in the G5 to connect the Raid. You could "mine" the raid for the the hard drives and install them in a Firewire or USB enclosure if you just need the storage space they would provide.

If you need help finding a compatible card or reputable dealer for the enclosures, let me know.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I want to use the raid as a raid, not simply for storage. I want the protection it offers from loss of data due to hard drive failure.

I can find fiber cards for my G5, but they are PCI-express. My understanding is that if I use a PCI-express card in my G5, then the cable that I'd buy to plug into it would not work at the other end (the controller cards for the raid). I'm looking for some way to make this work.
Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.
Can you give me some more info on the cable that would be needed? Specifically, what format is used in the card you are looking at and what is used on the Raid. There may be a cable that fits your needs.

Or if you give me the manufacturer and the model numbers for the card you found and the raid. I can do some research.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
You're asking me to give you the answers I'm asking you to give me.
Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.
Well, I can't find the answers unless I know exactly what equipment you have. There are different cable connections for different equipment of different ages...

I assume you have the raid with you. Please give me the manufacturer and model number for that and I can start by looking it up.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
It's an Apple Xserve RAID Model #A1009.
Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.
Thanks, hold on a minute...

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Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.
Okay, this looks like the card you would need for the G5. It has SFP connectors.

http://www.megamacs.com/index.php?action=frameview&id=2971901&ref=google

Your raid has the same connectors. You can see that on this page. You can download Apple's original spec sheet there.
http://www.cc-solutions.com/cgi-bin/catalog/sku/~A1009/14x500G-BBU.html

It appears that with this card and your original raid and cables you are set. I'm surprised that it was so affordably priced.

FYI, I have been called away on a local emergency so I will not be checking JustAnswer questions until 5pm HST. Aloha.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The card you're suggesting won't fit into my Intel G5. It would have ot be a PCI-express (different from PCI-X). See this link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI-X.
Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.
There is no such thing as an "intel" G5. I apologize that I did not note that word in your original question or I would have clarified it at the beginning.

G5's are PowerPC processors not Intel. The card I listed will work in a G5.

However, perhaps that is not what you have? Let's make sure we know what the equipment actually is...Please select Apple Menu > About this mac or computer and let me know everything that shows in the resulting info window.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
OSX Version 10.5.8
Processor 2x3GHz Quad-core Intel Xeon
Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.
OK, that is not a G5.

This card will work, around $800 : http://www.small-tree.com/Single_Port_Optical_PCI_e_Gigabit_Ethernet_Server_p/peg1f.htm

It has LC ports so you need this to bridge to the raid's sfp port, around $70. http://www.tmcscsi.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/p-SFP-8302MM-1R.html?L+scstore+bpwt4063fff2b8f2+1337135697

Then you'll need the LC cable as well, around $30. http://www.tmcscsi.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/p-C8383-10M.html?L+scstore+bpwt4063fff2b8f2+1337121403

But having said all of that, I would never recommend a setup like this. The equipment is not matched and that sort of thing is prone to problems. I would recommend using the drives from old raid in a new Drobo enclosure. Cheaper, newer, more friendly going forward. http://www.drobostore.com/store/drobo/en_US/DisplayCategoryProductListPage/parentCategoryID.54837300/categoryID.56378300

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
The Drobo machine that your link takes me to holds only 4 drives. The RAID I have has 14 drives. Drobo makes a machine that holds 12 drives, and costs $12,000. A little more than I have budgeted.

Bottom line is you don't seem to have a good answer for me, perhaps because there is no good answer. If you've got any more ideas let me know. Otherwise I'll click accept answer and we're done.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Perhaps the best solution for me is simply buy a new raid that is compatible with my machine. In the range of 6 to 10 TB of storage, do you have any recommendations?
Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.
This was the answer you asked for:

This card will work, around $800 : http://www.small-tree.com/Single_Port_Optical_PCI_e_Gigabit_Ethernet_Server_p/peg1f.htm

It has LC ports so you need this to bridge to the raid's sfp port, around $70. http://www.tmcscsi.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/p-SFP-8302MM-1R.html?L+scstore+bpwt4063fff2b8f2+1337135697

Then you'll need the LC cable as well, around $30. http://www.tmcscsi.com/cgi-local/SoftCart.exe/online-store/scstore/p-C8383-10M.html?L+scstore+bpwt4063fff2b8f2+1337121403

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Expert:  Steve replied 2 years ago.
Here are LaCie's options for raids. http://www.lacie.com/us/products/range.htm?id=10061&adw=RAID&gclid=CM2ylOGkt68CFQJ9hwodslwTjA

I couldn't recommend one over another. If you need so many drives why not go with the card option?

Remember, if for any reason you are unsatisfied with my answer, we can continue the conversation until you’re satisfied and Accept my answer. I can address follow up questions at no extra charge and I’m always here to help. Thank you for using JustAnswer!
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