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  2. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    HK Invoke for $99.95 or free with certain Surface devices: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/d/harman-kardon-invoke-with-cortana-by-microsoft/8rl7xlnwn95v/9h91?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab
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  4. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    I think I am good on USB and MicroSD after today.
  5. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    Its been quietly growing in the shadow of Bitcoin. Lots of interesting ideas well beyond it as well. 3 storage coins that I have been looking at. SIA, Storj and BURST, all based on the Blockchain and might have a future.
  6. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    50??? Wow! I had no idea. I only thought of bitcoin because I saw a segment about it on the news.
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  8. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    Yep. Just like it or any of the other 50+ alt coins
  9. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    Cryptocurrency? Is that like bitcoin?
  10. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    Cryptocurrency mining.
  11. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    OK, granted, not that techie, but what are motherboards like that one used for?
  12. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    OMG....what are you trying to do to me? I didn't know a board like that existed. I am assuming you need the PCI-E risers (one for each PCI-e 1x slot) like these? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA4RE6JC0661&cm_re=mining_riser-_-17Z-00AT-00005-_-Product
  13. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    I have enough room for one more card. Then we look at a rig that can take those 4 cards AND have room for more. It might also need some SATA ports for storage. Here is my leader at the moment - https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIAEUY6JD6011
  14. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    My problem is I don't have enough slots on the existing motherboard to add more video cards. My upgrade path becomes much more costly.
  15. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    Lets hope so. I just picked up my 3rd 1060 and am eying a 4th. I am now running services for SIA, Storj and BURST. I know I have a problem.
  16. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    For some reason I seem to be viewing motherboards with many PCIe slots and video cards. That will lead to larger power supplies. @jcollison I think I have a problem!!!!!!
  17. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    Amazon has Office 365 home for $60. Also 40% off home install services so I picked up some z-wave dimmer switches with installation.
  18. Helzy's Buy/Sell/Trade Thread

    More stuff, not much more to come. No I am not a store, my wife calls me a hardware fiend. sigh I suppose I am but I rarely ever use any of these units anymore and it galls the wife, hopefully someone here may have interest. anyway let me know and here is most of the rest of my treasure trove... Ok more stuff: -1 x HP Elitebook 2710P KR933UT#ABA https://h10057.www1.hp.com/ecomcat/hpcatalog/specs/provisioner/99/KR933UT.htm This one is upgraded from the specs noted in the model description, it has: 4GB RAM Windows 7 Ultimate x64 The 1.8" HDD was replaced with an 128GB Runcore SSD (1.8" PATA ZIF) I used to run a 3G HP Gobi card in it, and can probably rustle that Gobi up if desired, personally I think it is a waste of time now as hot-spotting is much more efficient nevermind faster. -1 x HP Elitebook 2730P FN053UT#ABA https://h10057.www1.hp.com/ecomcat/hpcatalog/specs/provisioner/99/FN053UT.htm I upgraded this one as well with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and replaced the 1.8" mechanical drive with a 1.8" Intel 160GB SSD. I think it was from a Lenovo but I bought the drive a couple years ago off Fleabay. -1 x HP Z230 Workstation Xeon E3-1245v3 F1L56UT#ABA https://support.hp.com/us-en/product/hp-z230-tower-workstation/5367825/model/5367826/product-info?sku=F1L56UT I've upgraded this one to: 16GB RAM Windows 10 (Windows 7 Pro is still sitting on the 1TB storage drive) HP 128GB S700 Pro for the system drive (not the 120GB non pro version without the dram buffers) AMD FirePro W7000 4GB Video card LG Bluray Super Multi re-writer -1 x Qnap 839S Pro Turbo Nas https://drive.google.com/open?id=10OYtdxmaAsqVPRWg7QECicrvYfJk3uy3 Has 8x 500GB WD Black drives, recently reset 2TB in RAID 10 -1 x M$ Surface Pro 2 - i5 4200U, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Dock and power cable
  19. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    I picked up a few 64 micro SD cards on sale. Using more if those these days. Thinking about spending $750 on ring.com gear. Cool thing is the sale that they are having is also at Amazon too. Two floodlights and two doorbells.
  20. WHS 2011 USB boot failing?

    Ok looks like it was a guide by 'thebiggerman' but I can't find it again!
  21. HP Microserver Gen8 Processor FAQ

    Yes the should be fine. BB sucked for me. They charged my credit card for two 8TB drives each 159$, and canceled my order saying that they could not verify my details on the credit card. I lost money and I am sure I will never be able to buy from them again. They told me I cannot buy from them being an international buyer, they wanted me to visit the USA or send a friend to pick up my drives at their store. They must be insane to suggest such things.
  22. WHS 2011 USB boot failing?

    Hi - looking for some help on why my Gen8 has decided to play fickle on booting up. Confifguration was based on a guide I read to move the bootloader from the disks to a combination of an SD card in the USB/SD card slot and then the SSD fitted in the ODD slot. I'm certain it was a guide on here. The 32GB SD card (it was what I had to hand at the time despite only needing about 125MB of space on the SD card!) only has the EFI folder and a BootMGR.EFI folder on it. This boots first then hands over to the SSD to complete the OS load of WHS 2011 . I then have a number of 3.5" disks in the slots which have all my data on. At bootup the controllers can see all the installed disks - SSD, WD Reds and the SD card. The USB is still working if I read it in my other machine and it has been booting fine when the server has had the occassional reboot over the last couple of years! After a power failure this morning the server keeps going into a look and not managing to boot the normal sequence and ends up in booting from NIC loop. Any ideas? Tried to search for the guide to see if I can recreate another USB/SD boot media - but it does seem fine as I can read the card in my other machine.
  23. Thanks schoondoggy. Can you elaborate a little more. Didn't work at all? I know there is some problem enabling the Smart Array Pxxx controllers ROM on a non Proliant server (I remember reading that it is related to some iLo hooks). Was that the problem? My goal would be to build a home NAS with 4x4Gb WD Red SATA disks at RAID 5. I don't want software raid (been there) but I'm cool with hardware RAID as I use it a lot on work (mainly with P400 on a DL380 with SAS). What are my options for a hardware RAID controller that works on the Microserver Gen10? (online RAID expansion would be a nice bonus). Thanks you, Paulo Carmo
  24. Black Friday 2017 Deals Thread

    There was not anything I was desperate to get this Black Friday. In hindsight, I should have grabbed one of the 8TB WD externals at Best Buy before they sold out. I may head to Office Max tomorrow. I always seem to stock up on USB drives there and it is generally not too crowded. 256GB USB3 drive for 39.99 https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/562586/Lexar-JumpDrive-S75-USB-30-Flash/ 16GB USB drive 4.49 https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/326118/Lexar-JumpDrive-TwistTurn-USB-20-Flash/ Thecus 2 bay NAS 89.99 https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/649196/Thecus-N2350-12TB-2-Bay-NAS/ 960GB SSD SanDisk 239.99 https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/777596/SanDisk-SSD-Plus-960GB-Internal-Solid/ 480GB SSD SanDisk 129.99 https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/250277/SanDisk-SSD-PLUS-480GB-Internal-Solid/
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  26. HP Microserver Gen8 Processor FAQ

    Yes the should be fine.
  27. HP Microserver Gen8 Processor FAQ

    Shucking can get you a big drive for a good price, but you never know what you are getting. In a WD 8TB external you could get a WD Green, WD Red or Hitachi. Drives that end up in external boxes are screened for performance or characteristics. They generally have different firmware on it. If you buy an external WD 8TB drive and shuck a WD Red from it, then buy an 8TB WD Red from Amazon, the two could be very different drives. All that said, two shucked drives in RAID1 on a MS Gen10 should be fine. I just placed my order for 2 x 8TB made in Thailand WD Easy Store, I heard people say that they are all WD Red with TLER. Even if they don't have TLER, I will still be able to use these drives without RAID, right? Thank you so much for your support.
  28. HP Microserver Gen8 Processor FAQ

    Shucking can get you a big drive for a good price, but you never know what you are getting. In a WD 8TB external you could get a WD Green, WD Red or Hitachi. Drives that end up in external boxes are screened for performance or characteristics. They generally have different firmware on it. If you buy an external WD 8TB drive and shuck a WD Red from it, then buy an 8TB WD Red from Amazon, the two could be very different drives. All that said, two shucked drives in RAID1 on a MS Gen10 should be fine.
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