Attaching a HDD to the ODD SATA Port in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2

By: John Stutsman

 

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Figure 1 — HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 with 1TB 2.5” WD10JUCT attached to ODD SATA port and powered from 4-pin FDD connector

 

The HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 is designed to accommodate a low profile optical disk drive (“ODD”) via an ODD SATA port on the system board and a 4-pin FDD connector from the power supply unit (“PSU”).   I began to wonder if, like in the MicroServer, this ODD SATA port and 4-pin FDD connector could be used to attach an additional hard disk drive (“HDD”) that I could manage with the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller. I found out that I could do this and attached a Western Digital 2.5” 1TB drive WD10JUCT and ran a few performance tests on the WD10JUCT.

I found an empty spot for the WD10JUCT in the place where the low profile ODD would go if installed and using a SATA cable (with 180 degree or straight connectors at both ends), a Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter cable (“Dell MX714”), and some electrical tape I installed the WD10JUCT. In HP’s Smart Storage Administrator (“SSA”) I created a Logical Drive 02 with a single drive RAID0 from the WD10JUCT then formatted it in Disk Management. This has opened up some interesting possibilities to look at in the future.

 

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Figure 2 – The RED Arrows mark the locations of the ODD SATA port on the System Board and the 4-pin FDD connector from the PSU. Yellow Electrical Tape was placed on the metal frame where the WD10JUCT will to be placed.

 

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Figure 3 – A close-up view of the ODD SATA port on the System Board with a HighPoint SATA cable installed.

 

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Figure 4 – A close-up view of the 4-pin FDD Connector from the PSU

 

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Figure 5 – The Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable that I removed from my ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer temporarily to test in the ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2

 

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Figure 6 – Close-up view of the WD10JUCT installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with a strip of electrical tape

 

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Figure 7 – Another Close-up view of the WD10JUCT installed with the SATA data cable connected, Dell MX714 connected for power, and secured to the DL320e Gen8 V2 with a strip of electrical tape. The SATA data cable can be followed to the ODD SATA port in this picture.

 

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Figure 8 – The new Logical Drive 02 created with a single drive RAID0 by the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller can be seen along with the Logical Drive 01 created and discussed in a previous Blog posting (see References at the end of this Blog Post).

 

Video 1 – Video where I attach a 1TB 2.5” WD10JUCT to the SATA ODD port and using HP’s Smart Storage Administrator I create a single disk RAID0 Logical Drive 02 on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2.

 

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Figure 9 – The view within HP’s Smart Storage Administrator of the 2 Arrays on the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller

 

I measured the performance of the Logical Drive 02 made with the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller from a RAID0 of 1 physical Western Digital WD10JUCT attached to the ODD SATA port on the system board in the HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 using HDTune, ATTO, and CrystalDiskMark (“CDM”).

 

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Figure 10 – Performance of Logical Drive 02 which is the WD10JUCT set up as a single drive RAID0 in the Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller

 

Current As-Built: Machine

  • HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 v2 w/Xeon E3-1280v3
  • 8GB ECC RAM
  • OS Drive C: 512GB Logical Drive 01 made of 2*Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD’s in RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
    • ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm & 9.5mm drive height)
    • ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP-3B Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm to 15mm drive height)
  • OS: Windows Server 2012R2
  • iLO 4
  • Data Drive: 1TB Logical Drive 02 made of 1TB 2.5” WD10JUCT in single drive RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller
    • Dell MX714 FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable
    • Standard SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends

 

References:

Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA Power Converter Cable http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d33a29e63 

Using SSD’s in a HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 http://homeservershow.com/using-ssds-in-a-hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2.html

HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-2012-r2.html

HP ProLiant DL320e Gen8 V2 and Windows Server Technical Preview http://homeservershow.com/hp-proliant-dl320e-gen8-v2-and-windows-server-technical-preview.html

Check out CSKenney’s Gen8 links thread in the HomeServerShow forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/

Check out the thread “Icy Dock EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B” in the HomeServerShow Forums: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/6630-icy-dock-ezconvert-mb882sp-1s-2b/?hl=ezconvert

ICY DOCK EZConvert Air MB382SP-3B Open Air 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm to 15mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994169

ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-1B 2.5” to 3.5” SATA 6Gbps SSD & HDD Converter (Supports 7mm & 9.5mm drive heights) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994064

Check out the Gen8 Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/gen-8

Check out the MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver

 

 

 

 

 

 

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