So right now I’m trying to figure out a way to bench test fiber channel hard drives on a regular desktop computer system. Normally it seems that these work by first having an overpriced fiber transmitter/receiver which then transmits over fiber optic cable to another transmitter/receiver, and finally is connected via copper to a 40 pin SCA type adapter.
What I’m trying to do is to bypass the fiber optics altogether. I’m not looking to go any distance here, just be able to run some tests, wipe or image a drive, etc. So no need to go from copper -> fiber -> copper -> HDD. I’m trying to just go copper -> HDD.
I’ve been reading this interesting article from Seagate which vaguely talks about using a 40-pin SCA to Twin-Ax 3-pin adapter. I’m pretty sure this is the adapter they are talking about pictured here.
However what I can’t seem to find is a controller card capable of connecting directly to this PTP type connector. I see plenty of cards available on ebay and around the web, but they seem to all be the sort with a fiber connection. How can I avoid this extra step?
Please feel free to drop a comment if you know of an affordable controller that might accomplish this.