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Essexraptor

file named "flash"  ?

 

might be the one your after ?

 

Unless you are going to run 2012 Essentials R2 or similiar... frankly I would not bother .... it just fixes a NIC problem... all other functions are the same.. I run a better Intel CT1000 NIC in my N40L so not wasting my time :) The Bios Mod (SP54344) provides the main ones you need ..........to unlock the SATA ports etc

 

As with desktop systems.... do not chase the latest Bios unless it provides a extra functionality that your going to/or need to use

 

EDIT

 

Same Bios for 40 & 54... it's just a CPU upgrade between the models

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file named "flash"  ?

 

might be the one your after ?

 

Unless you are going to run 2012 Essentials R2 or similiar... frankly I would not bother .... it just fixes a NIC problem... all other functions are the same.. I run a better Intel CT1000 NIC in my N40L so not wasting my time :) The Bios Mod (SP54344) provides the main ones you need ..........to unlock the SATA ports etc

 

As with desktop systems.... do not chase the latest Bios unless it provides a extra functionality that your going to/or need to use

 

EDIT

 

Same Bios for 40 & 54... it's just a CPU upgrade between the models

 

 

Ok fully clear now - ggot it - Thanks a lot.

So I will run this evening the The Bios Mod (SP54344)... with the new N54L which arrived today... and insert my 6 HDDs into it !

 

Thanks again...

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After 8 months of thinking about it I finally decided to move my WHS 2011 to a MicroServer NL54 from a Whitebox, but I will start from scratch and I have a few questions.

I'm going to use a 180gb SSD for the OS (sata port in the motherboard) do I need to use the modified BIOS (I updated to SP64420 2013.10.01 using the instructions in the forums) to take advantage of the SSD connected to the SATA port? or  should I stay with the current BIOS?

 

Here's my set up:

 

MicroServer NL54

-4 2TB WD Reds

-1 180GB  SSD

I plan to use this box as a centralized file server, for backups (3 PC's), occasional remote access of my files and Plex/media server.

 

Add ins and software I want to use

-Stablebit scanner

-iHomeserver (I have music and a few movies in iTunes)

-Antivirus (I need suggestions)

Any help and suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

 

 

Serg

 

 

 

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ikon

If you want to take advantage of SATA II (3 Gbps) speeds for the SSD, instead of SATA I (1.5 Gbps) then I believe you need the modded BIOS.

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Serg

Thanks ikon for the prompt response, is it noticeable the speed bump for running the OS?

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Serg

Ok I decided to go with the modified BIOS and I will be installing WHS 2011 tonight, I'll let you know my luck.

 

Serg

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ikon

Other forum members have noted a difference.

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Essexraptor

Setting the SATA speed between 3Gbps or 1.5Gbps is actually a standard Bios feature and is a throw back to days gone past. Flashing to the Mod in this thread will not effect this feature at all. Nor the MB SATA port which is enabled anyway.

 

On a side note ... the only effect you'll have is if your fitting a SATA III SSD .... it will actually throttle it to SATA II speeds and not the speeds shown in the sales blurb..... even so it will be much faster than a standard spinner. To take full advantage you'll need to add a SATA III PCIe add in card to one of the PCIe slots.

 

This is the one I used

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00952N2DQ/ref=oh_details_o03_s01_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

I wanted to be able to attach more than one eSATA device and currently have it configured to 1 x SATA III connection ( for the OS SSD drive, a 60GB Kingston V300, and I can confirm that when the drivers are loaded this connection and the drive are seen in the BIOS and is bootable) and 1x eSATA (with port multiplier ). It's just an example of one such add in you could consider, if needed, in the future.

 

As a OS drive the SSD will perform OK at SATA II speeds ... . I've just moved from a spinner to SSD in the past few weeks and the only difference in the real world is I can open up a remote session or the Dashboard much quicker. Now connected to a SATA III port the difference, to the human eye, is negligible.

 

The only other observations I would make are .... you could put the 180 GB SSD into a desktop in your home as a OS drive upgrade and use a cheaper 60GB  model in the Micro instead. You'll find "how to's" within the forum for installing to a smaller than recommended drive. Also ........consider Stablebit Drivepool ... the data protection it will give you for your back-ups and Plex material is worth the extra small outlay. If you have already purchased Scanner... you'll automatically qualify for a reduction in purchase price :)

 

Lastly ..... enjoy !!!!!   :)

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ikon

Thanks for the correction Essexraptor. I know the modded BIOS is needed in order to get SATA II speed on at least 1 of the SATA ports (I thought I remembered Joe_Miner posting once that he needed it for both the mobo SATA and eSATA, but maybe not). Perhaps it's only the eSATA port?

 

Yeah, the comment I recall from other posters is that the DashBoard opens much quicker with an SSD installed on SATA II.

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Its a shame that the first post doesn't contain the post on how to do it and just hotlinks to another site.

 

The latest modded BIOS and the instructions on how to do it should be directly pasted here (with link to source)

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