Norco 4224 - remove backplane?

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FlashEngineer

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I want to grab a 24 bay rackmount chassis to swap out my Rosswill 4500 case. I don't really need hotswap perse, but like how the drives are organized like that, plus I'm not sure why but my Rosswill case, using universal rails, they don't line up on the correct U in my rack. Not sure if there's some different rails.

Anyways, I heard issues with the 4224 and I don't want to deal with the back plane. Is it possible to just remove the whole back plane and still insert the drives and manually connect the SATA+power cables to the HDD?
 

whitey

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Man, I'm just gonna come out and say it...horrible idea. I have a norco 4224 and it works FLAWLESSLY (backplane included, sata or sas conn's).

Do yourself a favor and don't make this perfectly good case a frankenzombie or if your still charting down this path why not a SM SC846 if you don't trust the norco.
 

whitey

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Not sure how I can tell if the backplanes are bad or can support the drives I have without frying them...
What drives/type are you intending on using, I've used everything from sas/sata magnetics and ssd's both in sata/sas as well. No issues ever. Can't imagine you have anything exotic that wont work or risk of frying when none of us here has had things go 'up in smoke'.