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Microserver Gen8 - repurposed for Chia Farming


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Anyone tried this?

 

I was thinking of using the onboard controller for mass storage (4 x 16TB drives), and then pop in an add-in PCI-E card for NVME SSDs for plotting, with a SATA SSD still being used as the boot drive.  I know you can't boot from the NVME on this server, that's why I would keep the SATA SSD in place, as a boot-only drive.

 

Just first pass on my thought process, wanted to get feedback.

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  • 3 weeks later...

Hi,

 

That's exactly what I'm doing currently. I've just moved my OS SSD into the ODD bay and have a 1TB NVME drive on order to go in the PCiE slot, that I already have an adaptor for. Just been buying up some HDDs to put the plots on.

 

I'll be setting all the drives as individual RAID 0 for no other reason other than I know that will work.

 

Cheers,

 

Paul

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RAM has by and far been the biggest limiting factor on this machine.  I do put a few plots out on it per day, but primarily it is the central storage repository (farming machine) that all my other machines drop their plots onto.

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I couldn't get the NVME drive to work (WD SN550 1TB) so am looking at other options for that. I have a Crucial P5 on the way that I'll try. Hopefully that'll work.

 

Paul

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7 hours ago, youngsyp said:

I couldn't get the NVME drive to work (WD SN550 1TB) so am looking at other options for that. I have a Crucial P5 on the way that I'll try. Hopefully that'll work.

 

Paul

How were you trying to use the NVMe drive. Which adapter did you use?

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