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For maximum SATA II performance out of Ports 4 & 5 (the eSATA Port and the System Board SATA Port) I had to apply the BIOS-MOD.  With that I achieved:

 

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I did my BIOS-MOD before adding any HDD's.  It wasn't necessary to test the performance of the Stock BIOS on Ports 4 & 5, IMHO.  The preponderance of post's I had been following at that time had all shown conclusively that Ports 4 &5 ran slower without the BIOS-MOD.  You should have seen that yourself when YOU first went into the BIOS after the BIOS-MOD that the speed of those two ports was set to 1.5 by HP and with the BIOS-MOD you were able to reset that speed either to 3 or AUTO.

 

It isn't necessary to do the BIOS-MOD to get a lot of use and flexibility out of the MicroServer but if you want the Max SATA II speeds out of Ports 4 & 5 and/or you want Port Multiplier functionality out of eSATA (Port 4) you need to do the BIOS-MOD.

 

If you want even faster SATA III speed with you HDD's and SSD's then you would need to look at Cards like the RR2720 or the P410.  I've done it with the R640L.

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It isn't necessary to do the BIOS-MOD to get a lot of use and flexibility out of the MicroServer but if you want the Max SATA II speeds out of Ports 4 & 5 and/or you want Port Multiplier functionality out of eSATA (Port 4) you need to do the BIOS-MOD.

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Also, to get HotSwap capability on eSata. Note that port 5 can be taken external (similar to how eSata/Port 4 can be brought internal [sATA-eSATA cable thru the gap] and (with BIOS MOD) also be used for HotSwap external OR Port Multiplier.
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Has anyone gotten the modded bios mentioned in this post

 

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

 

working on a n54L? Reason being is I just got two of them one sale, and would love to be able to use more drives.

 

Hi Fantasysage!  I think WizzBang was the first to report here (Post #254) that it worked on the N54L http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3397-modified-bios-for-microserver-n40l-enables-hidden-features/?p=52787

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Hi Fantasysage!  I think WizzBang was the first to report here (Post #254) that it worked on the N54L http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3397-modified-bios-for-microserver-n40l-enables-hidden-features/?p=52787

 Outstanding, I just wanted to confirm. I am going to be trying to flash it soon. Just unpacked N54l number 1. One for fun and one for the lab :)

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I would just like to let everyone know it worked fine! Took a few tries since it didn't like one of my USB sticks, but once i got it to take the stick it took about 30 seconds and was done. 

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