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I scored an old PowerEdge 2800 from the office. Holy cow this thing is heavy. It has dual 3.8 GHz processors and 2 GB's of memory. Unfortunately it doesn't have any hard drives (data privacy) and they are SCSI, which I don't have. Is this thing worth buying HDD's and memory for or should I turn it into a boat anchor?

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By the time you buy the SCSI drives for that box and considering the power it is going to pull, I would build a new i3 box. How many drive bays does it have?

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Eight, plus three 5.25" drives.

 

 

The thing weighs a ton. I carried it about a quarter mile and think I am 2" shorter now.

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Price the drives on E-bay and do the math. More than likely the largest drives you will find will be 146GB. I can't remember the last time I saw a 2800 and I think it is more or a tower rather than a rack server, per se. If you have the cash, go for it but the value is not very good in my opinion.

 

Example: if you wanted to create a RAID for the OS, you will eat up three bays (RAID5) so that leaves you with 5 drives available @ 146GB which will create a RAID 5 array of ~500 gigs. You are still going to have a need for more storage, I would think,

 

Not saying it's not a good box to test with, but for a WHS it's an overkill. Did you get the Dell Software for setup?

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I think you are right. Isn't worth the cost. I wonder if the parts are worth anything?

 

No, I didn't get any software.

 

 

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It's worth keeping an learning with. The software just automates the OS install and RAID creation but your can do that thru the BIOS, at least the RAID and the OS would install from either a DVD (your may only be a CD) or USB stick.

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What kind of expansion slots does it have? Can you throw in a SATA adapter in it? That reminds me that I have an old SCSI card somewhere in a box. I doubt I could get much for it now!

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What kind of expansion slots does it have? Can you throw in a SATA adapter in it? That reminds me that I have an old SCSI card somewhere in a box. I doubt I could get much for it now!

 

Plenty and I could do that, just need to decide if I want to do that or not. Probably not though.

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Run away. What your company didn't tell you is that they gave it to you because they didn't want to have to pay a recycler to dispose of it. By not giving you drives, they basically neutered the thing to practically no value. By the time you add drives and more memory, you've dropped enough money that you could have built a newer 3000 series Xeon box that frankly would perform faster. If I remember correctly, that particular server, while 64-bit, still used the old netburst architecture.

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