Setting up a SSD Boot Drive
System came with Perc H310 Card, (2) 800GB SAS Drives, (1) 120GB SAS Drive
The 120GB drive has Win10. the (2) 800GB Drives are Mirrored.
I want to put in a SSD as my Boot drive/software. Don't I need a SAS SSD? I found a 800GB one on ebay, Dell Sandisk 800GB SLC 6Gb/s SAS 2.5" Solid State Drive- DPF1J / 5Y05N for $125. This should work? Is this the best way to go? Install Tips?
You can use either a SATA or SAS SSD for your boot drive. Either will still be faster than the HDDs that's there now. SAS do have the added benefit of being true bi-directional when accessing data and there's nothing else special you need to do aside from installing your OS like normal.
Depending on how fast you want to boot into your machine, you can go straight SATA SSD and bypass (and remove) the controller for quicker booting, but if you keep keep the controller in there, then I would suggest just sticking with a SAS SSD for booting if cost isn't a concern.
If I go SATA, I lose the 3 SAS drives. Can I keep the SAS drives and add a SATA SSD to boot from? I assume the SATA would not be plug and pray like the 3 removable SAS drives. I assume it would have a different connector. What/Where would I put the SATA SSD Boot drive? And what/how would it connect to the motherboard. It came with the perc H310 card and the cable connects to the 4 drive bays. Those drives are hard wired to the motherboard for power and ??. Thank you for your response!