Hi Beatle !
Thanks for taking the trouble
Am in the UK - dont mind where I get the part from really (cost :-) )
I have a number of machines with RAID cards and to date I must of replaced about 6 batteries - after a while they sit there with the battery meter showing min charge but wont charge further.
I have also had two machine where I could not access the data in any shape or form when the RAID went belly up
had to reformat machine, which got the RAID back on-line and restored, but I have lost confidence in them - so just want a machine without the added headache.
Do you know if the SATA backplane is a direct replacement for the installed RAID card/backplane? Or do I need additional cables to go with it.
I might have a backplane here.. If you want to give me a call on Wednesday I'll have a look (details are on my profile).. I run 10 xserves with RAID cards and an equal amount without.. Apart from 1 server i've not had an issue with the batteries.. it's the same deal on the MacPro though in terms of them failing.
The backplane is a direct replacement fro the RAID card. It's not too difficult to do if you've replaced the battery then you've pretty much already done it. No other cables are required, just make sure you remove the battery when you stick it in..
All the best