The Icy Dock 5.25” ExpressCage MB324SP-B for four 2.5” drives – Part 3 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 3 of a 3 part series on the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B. In this part I will check that the HDDs in the ExpressCage show up in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3.

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 – N40L after installation of ExpressCage MB324SP-B and HDDs

 

After installing the HDDs in the ExpressCage in the 2nd part of this series I wanted to go into Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 on my HP ProLiant N40L MicroServer to check the installation of the four WD 1TB 2.5” HDDs to the Icy Dock ExpressCage.

 

Video 1 – Icy Dock ExpressCage HDDs in Server 2016 TP3 on my N40L MicroServer

 

Part of my motivation to using the ExpressCage was to do double duty with my N40L at the Meetup on September 12, 2015. While I would use the ExpressCage to hold four 2.5” HDDs that would make up a Storage Space in Server 2016 – I also wanted to use the main four drive bay on the N40L as External Storage for the P222 in my HP ProLiant Gen8 MicroServer using an adaptor and Tyco cable.

 

Video 2 – External Storage for P222 in my Gen8 MicroServer using my N40L MicroServer

 

Video 3 – My N40L as External Storage for my P222 in my Gen8 MicroServer

 

The ExpressCage MB324SP-B operated flawlessly and I essentially had two robust machines in one by using the ExpressCage. This is certainly a handy piece of hardware.

 

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Figure 3 – Key Features of the Icy Dock ExpressCage MB324SP-B

 

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Figure 4 –ExpressCage MB324SP-B in HP MicroServer N40L (on left with cover removed during part of the meetup to better show how the ExpressCage fits in the ODD space) at HomeServerShow Meetup September 12, 2015, in Indianapolis, Indiana

 

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 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 2 of 3 http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-expresscage-mb324sp-b-for-four-2-5-drives-part-2-of-3.html

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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