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I hate cables, and by hate I mean despise
and by despise I mean loathe.

Anyways, a bit about my setup: My desktop machine pulls double duty as my desktop and media server so it's running more than your normal number of hard drives to store the data in a couple of RAID sets (and I was considering on eventually migrating the OS and applications off the main data drive onto a pair of SSDs in RAID 0 to make the system more snappy, so that's even more drives).

The drives are mounted in 4 bay drive cages with a 120mm fan up front, so with the power, data and fan cables I have 9 separate cables per cage, and I have more than one cage. I'd very much like to ease my cable management requirements by cutting out some of those cables.

To that effect, I am wondering if anyone knows if there are any 4 drive SAS or SATA backplanes available that I can connect a power cable or two and one SFF-8087 into and mount it to the drive cage so the drives connect to it when they are bolted in. (bonus points if it also has a fan connector). I did a google search on backplanes and the hits all seem to be those hotswap bays you mount in your 5 1/4 bays and take one sata cable, but my gut tells me there has to be some guy I never heard of working from his mom's basement with exactly what I need.
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Is there anyone here who can help me?
Anyone at all?
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And what's wrong with a hotswap bay?

For what it's worth, I couldn't find anything matching your description either. Maybe you should break out the soldering iron?
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The first reason is I am looking for something I can apply to an internal bay.
The other is that I have seen two methods of connecting to the hotswap bays. THe first is to give every drive it's own data connection to the outside, which won't solve my problem. The second is putting a cheap raid chip in there and connecting the whole lot to one sata port, so I wouldn't be able to put different hard disks on different RAIDs and the faster SSDs would saturate the channel rather quickly.

I can solder well enough; I suppose I could get a stripboard and make something myself, but I'm not sure how well it would work out, and I'd need to pick up some bare connectors.
That doesn't make me any less disappointed. I know there's pre-built cases with backplanes in them.
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