Fibre Cable HDD

By Kevin16
Jun 27, 2005
  1. Fibre Channel HDD

    Hey guys,

    I have a Seagate Cheetah ST336605FC HDD. It uses a "fibre channel" connection. I was just wondering if this type of HDD is compatible with a PC. If so, where can I find one of these cables?

  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Are you talking about Fibre Channel?

    You need a Fibre Channel adapter and an enclosure for your drive. Expect a budget of roughly $1500+ :)
  3. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    i have researched fibre channel a little bit. It appears to be a "new interface" which allows for more speed, up to 100mbits, instead of 40-80mbits for SCSI. It also allows for 126 max drives on one loop, instead of 15 supported by SCSI. On top of this, you can un/plug drives while the system is in operation.

    I would buy that drive, so long as your system supports it :giddy:

    For more info

  4. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    I got the drive for free from a server at work...i think. I'm not willing to spend that much money on it :haha: . I just wanted to know if I could use it or not.

    And Nodsu, if you go to Phoenix's link, you will see that it says fibre channel is cheap because it doesn't need any adaptors.

  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Ph30nIX: looks like your "research" was just a visit to this Seagate marketing page with dated information..

    Currently FC can do 2 gigabits per second (~200MBytes) and you can have up to ~16 million FC nodes when you use a FC switch.
    The current SCSI standard - U320 allows for 320MBytes per second.
    Both SCSI and FC are hotplug capable.

    Kevin: If you don't need an FC adapter then good luck connecting that FC gear to your PC or anything else that doesn't have FC built in.. I don't know what Seagate means by the no needed adapters but you do need a FC card in every machine you want to connect to the FC fabric..
  6. Ph30nIX

    Ph30nIX TS Rookie Posts: 243

    well, i had no idea. I wouldnt except segate to have a dated page .
  7. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

    ok.......just wondering
  8. LNCPapa

    LNCPapa TS Special Forces Posts: 4,210   +424

    I use a 2 Gb fibre channel connection to my X-Serve RAID. The fibre channel card cost $900 alone.
  9. Kevin16

    Kevin16 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 92

  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    No, it means there are other versions of the drive with SCSI interfaces like ST336605LC, ST336605LW, ST336605LCV.
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