SDM-R3 (Schoondoggy Drive Mount – R3) on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

By: JohnStutsman

 

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Figure 1 – Schoondoggy Drive Mount (“SDM”) – R3 for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

 

The Schoondoggy Drive Mount (“SDM”) is used to mount additional HDD’s and SDD’s inside the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer beyond the 4 positions provided in the main 4 drive bay and the space in the ODD area of the MicroServer. When used with the Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket (“SSB”) up to 4 drives can be mounted on the SDM-R3. The SDM-R3 is provided with mounting holes for 3 optional fans to help cool a card (such as a Video Card or a P222) in the MicroServer expansion slot and the HDDs/SSDs mounted on the SDM-R3.

 

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Figure 2 – Top view of SDM-R3 with four (4) 2.5” 9.5mm HDD’s mounted using the 9.5mm SSB’s.

 

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Figure 3 – Overhead view of SDM-R3 with four (4) 2.5” 9.5mm HDD’s mounted using the 9.5mm SSB’s.

 

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Figure 4 – Side view of SDM-R3 with four (4) 2.5” 9.5mm HDD’s mounted using the 9.5mm SSB’s.

 

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Figure 5 – view of SDM-R3 with four (4) 2.5” 9.5mm HDD’s mounted using the 9.5mm SSB’s with Cable connections.

 

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Figure 6 – SDM-R3 with four (4) 2.5” 9.5mm HDD’s Attached to the PSU side of my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. The Bottom edge of the P222 Controller Card in the PCIe slot can be see behind the SDM-R3.

 

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Figure 7 – SDM-R3 with four (4) 2.5” 9.5mm HDD’s Attached to the PSU side of my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer. Two 7mm Samsung SSD’s mounted together with a 7mm SSB set sitting on the Static Mat beside my MicroServer.

 

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Figure 8 – My HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer with SDM-R3 powered up. Note that Power meter is showing 78.5W. Normally, the power meter displays consumption in this configuration between 75-105W.

 

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Figure 9 – iLO4 Storage information showing the three Logical Drives off of the B120i Dynamic Smart Array Controller as well as the single Logical Drive off of the P222/512 FBWC Dynamic Smart Array Controller Card that is driving the four HDD’s mounted on the SDM-R3.

 

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Figure 10 – iLO4 Temperature data with 27% system fan speed set in BIOS on Increased Cooling.

 

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Figure 11 – iLO4 Temperature Graph with 27% system fan speed set in BIOS on Increased Cooling.

 

VIDEO 1 – SDM-R3 (“Schoondoggy Drive Mount – R3”) on my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer

 

In conclusion, I really like the quality of the SDM-R3 and using the SDM-R3 I can now install, for the first time, four (4) 2.5” HDD’s that are 9.5mm thick. This is huge, in my opinion. Using the two (2) 30mm blower fans on the HDD’s and the 30mm fan that directs through the cutout towards the P222 heat sink appears to cool the controller card adequately (the chipset did get up to 55C but the Controller Card (PCI 1) was below 60C) during my testing.

You can find the SDM-R3 and other products in the Schoondoggy Store.

Please join us in the HomeServerShow Forums with any Questions or Comments.

 

As Built (Computer Name: MACHINE):

  • HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer
  • Xeon E3-1265Lv2 (LGA 1155)
  • 16GB ECC RAM
  • B120i Logical Drive 01: OS Drive – 1 x Corsair GT 240GB RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – 1 x Icy Dock EZConvert Air – mounted in Slots 1 of 4 drive main cage – Port 1 SATA III (6GB/s)
  • B120i Logical Drive 02: Data Drive – 1 x WD VelociRaptor WD1000DHTZ 1TB RAID0 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – mounted in Slot 2 of 4 drive main cage – Port 2 SATA III (6GB/s)
  • B120i Logical Drive 03: Data drive – 2 x Seagate ST3000DM001 3TB HDDs RAID1 on HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller – ports 3-4 SATA II (3GB/s) – mounted in Slots 3 & 4 of 4 drive main cage
  • P222 Logical Drive 01: Data Drive – 4 x WD10JUCT RAID5 on HP Dynamic Smart Array P222/512FBWC RAID Controller – Ports 1-4 SATA III (6GB/s) – mounted on SDM-R3
  • SDM-R3 (Schoondoggy Drive Mount Revision 3)
  • 2 x 9.5mm SSB (Schoondoggy Stacking Bracket)
  • 2 x 30mmx10mm Blower Fans Delta Electronics BFB0312HA (fan connector attached) and mounting hardware
  • 1 x 30mmx15mm Fan Sunon MC30151V1-000U-A99 MagLev B5635R (fan connector attached) and mounting hardware
  • 2 x Molex to Molex Y power Splitter
  • 2 x Molex to SATA Y power Splitter
  • Forward SFF-8087 Cable (I used: StarTech Model SAS8087S450 50cm Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA)
  • 3 x Molex to Fan connector
  • OS: Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with HyperV Enabled
  • In ODD space for additional drive later: Dell MX714 Floppy FDD to SATA power connector; 1 x SATA 18” Data cable from System Board ODD SATA Port (B120i) to ODD Space

 

Reference:

Reference (important – please review):

SDM-R3 Prototype – Forum Post with Pictures and Drawing http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-rev2-info-new-rev-3-info/?p=108589  http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-rev2-info-new-rev-3-info/?p=109829 http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-rev2-info-new-rev-3-info/?p=109892

SDM-R2 Review: Testing and Wrap-Up – HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sdm-r2-review-testing-and-wrap-up-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html

SDM R2 prototype — Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype-new-rev2-info/?p=95220

SSB Schoondoggy Stacking Brackets – Forum Post:   http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/8993-schoondoggy-stacking-brackets/?p=97099

For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM R1 SGDM-SDM Pre-Production Review: HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer http://homeservershow.com/sgdm-sdm-pre-production-review-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver.html

For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM R1 Pre-Production — Forum Post: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5960-hp-ms-g8-25-drive-bracket-prototype/page-4#entry76824

For good background information and accessory parts lists see: SDM Beta: The Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for the HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer First Look http://homeservershow.com/schoondoggy-gen8-drive-mount-hp-proliant-gen8-microserver-first-look.html

Schoondoggy Store: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-gen8-drive-bracket.html

Check out the Gen8 links: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/

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

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

Video Playlist – Schoondoggy Gen8 Drive Mount for HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn2DhE-6J02RpMF4bJDh-m-y8GlDi1WOO

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