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Should I buy the NORCO 4220 or 4020?

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I've been using a PERC 6/i card with SFF-8484 to SATA connectors but I'd like to move to a nicer, hot-swappable case like the NORCO 4220 or 4020.

What's the difference between these models?

It seems like the 4220 includes "Five internal SFF-8087 Mini SAS" but that's it?

I'm still new to SAS connectors so what would I actually need to connect this case to my PERC card? What about other cards? Can I connect all 20 drives?
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I've been using a PERC 6/i card with SFF-8484 to SATA connectors but I'd like to move to a nicer, hot-swappable case like the NORCO 4220 or 4020.

What's the difference between these models?

It seems like the 4220 includes "Five internal SFF-8087 Mini SAS" but that's it?

I'm still new to SAS connectors so what would I actually need to connect this case to my PERC card? What about other cards? Can I connect all 20 drives?
There could be some other "Minor" differences besides the one you have pointed out. I would imagine the 4220 will have no for the user so i would pick that one. Check out reviews ect. Good Luck mate
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The 4220 has the SAS backplanes and the 4020 has SATA backplanes. With SAS, you only need 5 cables (4 drives per cable). With the 4020, you need a plug per drive. SAS would be a cleaner looking install as well as the ability to use a SAS expander to expand the available number of ports on your card.

I'm unaware if there are any expanders that work with the PERC 6/i. Also you would need SFF-8484 to SFF-8087 cables.
 
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Thanks for the information. I've gone ahead and ordered the 4220. It's on sale right now (NewEgg) for 10% off plus includes a 32 GB flash drive... (and only $12.99 shipping)

Now to find cheap SAS cables...
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