The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 2 of 3

By: JohnStutsman

 

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Figure 1 – Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay

 

This is Part 2 of a 3 part series on the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B. In this part I will install the ExpressCage in the N40L.

As stated in Part 1: In preparation for the HomeServerShow Meetup 2015 I was asked to review the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B – 4 Bay 2.5” SAS/SATA HDD Hot Swap Cage for 5.25” Bay (“ExpressCage”).

 

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Figure 2 – My ExpressCage MB324SP-B and box contents laid out on a Static Mat

 

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Figure 3 – My ExpressCage with Drive Caddy 1 opened

 

Before I began the installation of the ExpressCage in my HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer I had installed Windows Server Technical Preview on a SSD attached to a Highpoint Rocket 640L for the Meetup.

Video 1 – Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 3 on my N40L MicroServer

 

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Figure 4 – Key Features of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B

 

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Figure 5 – N40L before the installation of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B

 

I next installed Icy Dock’s ExpressCage MB324SP-B in the 5.25” ODD Bay area of my HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer in preparation for the HomeServerShow meetup on September 12, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

Video 2 – ExpressCage in my N40L MicroServer – Part 1

 

Video 3 – ExpressCage in my N40L MicroServer – Part 2

 

With the ExpressCage installed in my HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer I next installed four WD 1TB 2.5” HDDs in the ExpressCage.

 

Video 4 – Adding HDDs to Icy Dock ExpressCage in my N40L MicroServer

 

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Figure 6 – N40L after installation of ExpressCage MB324SP-B and HDDs

 

As-Built for MeetUp: Pegasus

  • HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer
  • 16GB RAM
  • OS Drive: 240GB Corsair GT SSD taped to top of ExpressCage
  • HighPoint Rocket 640L
  • Standard 18” SATA cable 180 degrees (straight) both ends
  • OS – Windows Server 2016 Tech Preview 3
  • Molex Y to two SATA Power Connectors
  • Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B with 4 x WD10JUCT 2.5” HDDs
  • StarTech Model SAS8087S450 19” (50cm) Serial Attached SCSI SAS Cable – SFF-8087 to 4x Latching SATA
  • NORCO C8087-8088L 1-Port SFF to SFF 8088 Adaptor with Low Profile Mounting Bracket
  • 4 x ST3000DM001 3TB HDD
  • Tyco EMC 038-003-787 Cable Mini SAS SFF-8088 to SFF-8088 2M

 

Please go to Part 3 of this 3 part series on the ExpressCage MB324SP-B.

Then later, please join us in the HSS Forums with any question or comments.

 

References:

The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 1 of 3 http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-1-of-3.html

The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 3 of 3 http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-3-of-3.html

Loading Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 on my N40L https://youtu.be/OsNFebq7tSM

Official Meetup 2015 Thread http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/9270-the-official-meetup-2015-thread/ 

Other Icy Dock Blog Postings http://homeservershow.com/tag/icyDock

Icy Dock Play List https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLn2DhE-6J02Q8X1h_oRVBoXAYruT60X0s

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

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

MicroServer Blog postings: http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver

 

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