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Hey all, been a while since I've needed guidance with the MS as its been running sweet the last couple of years and haven't needed to look at it :)

 

Found myself with a spare 120GB SSD so thought Id stick it in the MS.

 

Previously I had done the BIOS mods and mounted the 250GB stock drive in the ODD bay and connected it up as boot. All good.

 

 

I cant remember how I hooked up the 250GB but I'm sure I used a molex-to-SATA for the power and used the mobo connection(?) for the drive.

 

I want to switch the drives round so the 250GB makes use of the eSATA port and keep the SSD on the mobo connection as boot/OS.

 

 

Now, I see a lot of posts referencing the SATA side of things but not a lot on the power. Is there enough connections to use or do I need a PCI card to add them?

 

Never used eSATA before but am assuming it'll only do the data connection (SATA) side of it but not power? Or is there a eSATA to SATA & Power cable?
 
Much appreciated, this N54L has been an awesome piece kit and still going strong. Hopefully be able to finally add the 16GB RAM I originally wanted in it soon as well, with that and the SSD it'll turn it into a beauty of a beast :)
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Hey all, been a while since I've needed guidance with the MS as its been running sweet the last couple of years and haven't needed to look at it :)

 

Found myself with a spare 120GB SSD so thought Id stick it in the MS.

 

Previously I had done the BIOS mods and mounted the 250GB stock drive in the ODD bay and connected it up as boot. All good.

 

 

I cant remember how I hooked up the 250GB but I'm sure I used a molex-to-SATA for the power and used the mobo connection(?) for the drive.

 

I want to switch the drives round so the 250GB makes use of the eSATA port and keep the SSD on the mobo connection as boot/OS.

 

 

Now, I see a lot of posts referencing the SATA side of things but not a lot on the power. Is there enough connections to use or do I need a PCI card to add them?

 

Never used eSATA before but am assuming it'll only do the data connection (SATA) side of it but not power? Or is there a eSATA to SATA & Power cable?
 
Much appreciated, this N54L has been an awesome piece kit and still going strong. Hopefully be able to finally add the 16GB RAM I originally wanted in it soon as well, with that and the SSD it'll turn it into a beauty of a beast :)

 

 

For power you will need a Y-cable Molex to 2 SATA Power Connectors

 

For the eSATA you will need an eSATA to SATA cable

 

See: http://homeservershow.com/hp-microserver-n40l-build-and-bios-modification.html

 

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For more useful stuff check out:  http://homeservershow.com/?s=Microserver

 

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3506-more-interesting-microserver-links/

 

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5190-microserver-hardware-links/

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Awesome, didnt think it would be that easy! Cheers Joe!

 

Never caught the original build guide, kept finding myself at the rebuild one!

 

Think I only used a single converter last time so ill grab a double and a eSata cable for the weekend :)

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Just a quick follow up.

 

SSD, eSATA cable and power splitter came this week and have just installed everything.

 

Moved the SSD to port 4 on the mobo and using the eSATA to power the 250GB, looping it up through the PIC slot at the back.

 

I wanted to follow Joes idea of having the SSD sat behind the HP logo but havnt the time to pull the whole thing apart and rejig the cabling so settled on sitting the SSD on some sticky back velco pads sat on the 250GB mounted in the ODD :)

 

I got the right angled power s

 

Ill have chance to take the thing apart again in a month or two, about the same time I grab 16GB RAM for it as well :)

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......so settled on sitting the SSD on some sticky back velco pads sat on the 250GB mounted in the ODD :) .....

 

If you want a neater/cheap method of putting a 2.5" and 3.5" drives in the ODD bay, see the end of this thread:

 

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If you want a neater/cheap method of putting a 2.5" and 3.5" drives in the ODD bay, see the end of this thread:

 

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Back when I first set it up I ended up using one of these multimounts as I found it cheap and SSD's and mounts were pretty expensive back then (for me anyway)

 

http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/multimount/

 

I just need to get round to buying the 2.5" adapter for it to neaten things up or maybe go for a cheaper mount.

 

Eventually I want to splash out for one of the IcyDock solutions, maybe the OOD and 2x SSD.

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These are good (and cheap!) for mounting a 2.5" HD in a 3.5" bay:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/311463734862

 

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They work well PROVIDED the drive is installed with two SATA cables (power and data), and NOT slid into a crate - because

( a ) the connectors remain central, not offset to one end, as with full-sized 3.5" drives, and

( b ) the grab handle shrouds the connectors, and prevents connection to a SATA backplane.

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