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Julianwai

Hi all,

 

I am looking to build my first home server with the HP microserver and have been reading through all the good posts here.

 

I have a few spare 2.5" HDD and would like to get a supermicro or equivalent 4 bay to install at the ODD space. Would I need to get a separate RAID card to hook them up? I can get a Promise SuperTrak EX8350 8 Port Raid Card within my budget. This means potentially I can have 4x3.5" (onboard raid 0,1 for data )+ 4x2.5"HDD (separate raid card) + 1 SATA HDD, would this be correct?

 

Or will i need to hook all 8 HDDs (the 4x3.5" and 4x2.5") to the 8 ports on the raid card?

 

Thank you for your help in advance

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Let's see with a Highpoint 2720 and the bios mod you can do the following 4-3TB drives 2 2.5 1TB below the 5.25 drive connects to 2720 a 6 in 1 5.25 drive convertor with 6 1TB wd blues connects to

jmwills

Welcome.....the 4 x 3.5" drives are a given and another 2 x 2.5" drives can be readily accomodated. The issue you are going to run into is power for 8 drives even if you find a way to get them all inside the case.

 

There is one spare molex power cable at the top of the case and you can easily enough split that one out into two connectors for the two 2.5" drives. Thoose would be my thoughts on the subject. Seems like an ambitious project especiallin in a small case.

 

I'm sure Joe Miner and Diehard will chime in with their thoughts, as well as others.

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Julianwai

thanks jmwills. i have seen some posts about having the drives installed in the ODD space, not sure if separate raid card was used and how power is obtained.

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Greg Welch

Hi all,

 

I am looking to build my first home server with the HP microserver and have been reading through all the good posts here.

 

I have a few spare 2.5" HDD and would like to get a supermicro or equivalent 4 bay to install at the ODD space. Would I need to get a separate RAID card to hook them up? I can get a Promise SuperTrak EX8350 8 Port Raid Card within my budget. This means potentially I can have 4x3.5" (onboard raid 0,1 for data )+ 4x2.5"HDD (separate raid card) + 1 SATA HDD, would this be correct?

 

Or will i need to hook all 8 HDDs (the 4x3.5" and 4x2.5") to the 8 ports on the raid card?

 

Thank you for your help in advance

 

might try this in the ODD space

 

http://www.servetheh...-25-525-review/

 

Thermaltake MAX-1542 Hot Swap SSD 4-in-1 2.5″ to 5.25″

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jmwills

Not sure if your RAID card has enough ports, but you can stuff 6 into the 5.25 bay. You'll only need the single molex to power them.

 

That is a pretty slick little enclosure.

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Joe_Miner

Hi all,

 

I am looking to build my first home server with the HP microserver and have been reading through all the good posts here.

 

I have a few spare 2.5" HDD and would like to get a supermicro or equivalent 4 bay to install at the ODD space. Would I need to get a separate RAID card to hook them up? I can get a Promise SuperTrak EX8350 8 Port Raid Card within my budget. This means potentially I can have 4x3.5" (onboard raid 0,1 for data )+ 4x2.5"HDD (separate raid card) + 1 SATA HDD, would this be correct?

 

Or will i need to hook all 8 HDDs (the 4x3.5" and 4x2.5") to the 8 ports on the raid card?

 

Thank you for your help in advance

 

Welcome to the Forums.

 

I'd suggest spending some time going thru the links at http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3506-more-interesting-microserver-links/

 

and in particular check out Andy's World on how he put 6 2.5" drives in his ODD http://andysworld.org.uk/2011/08/25/skynet-ssdsupersan-hp-proliant-microserver-with-a-6-bay-hot-plug-sata-drive-bay/

 

The Australian Overclocker's MicroServer User's Group has several threads on the N36L and N40L and many many different mods/configurations http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showthread.php?t=958208 they are working to start a Wiki on the MicroServer but for compatible RAID cards they only list the HP P212 http://n40l.wikia.com/wiki/Raid but the WIki is still new and I know there are other RAID cards in the user threads that are known to work.

 

also check out http://www.avforums.com/forums/networking-nas/1534144-hp-proliant-microserver-n40l-owners-thread.html

 

Good luck and come back often and let us know how things turn out.

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Hi all,

 

I am looking to build my first home server with the HP microserver and have been reading through all the good posts here.

 

I have a few spare 2.5" HDD and would like to get a supermicro or equivalent 4 bay to install at the ODD space. Would I need to get a separate RAID card to hook them up? I can get a Promise SuperTrak EX8350 8 Port Raid Card within my budget. This means potentially I can have 4x3.5" (onboard raid 0,1 for data )+ 4x2.5"HDD (separate raid card) + 1 SATA HDD, would this be correct?

 

Or will i need to hook all 8 HDDs (the 4x3.5" and 4x2.5") to the 8 ports on the raid card?

 

Thank you for your help in advance

 

Welcome, and remember the cardinal HSS rule - post pictures or it didn't happen! :D (actually, that's my own rule, but meh).

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Let's see with a Highpoint 2720 and the bios mod you can do the following

4-3TB drives

2 2.5 1TB below the 5.25 drive connects to 2720

a 6 in 1 5.25 drive convertor with 6 1TB wd blues connects to s720

a Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF64GSUSB in the USB Slot Internal

6 Patriot Supersonic Magnum 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF128GSMNUSB

a Drobo B800fs with 8 3TB Drive (21.82 TB in this alone) on the esata port

And lastly a DYI based on this http://kom.aau.dk/~p...Upon/HD-on-PCI/ with another 1TB 2.5 drive connects to the ODD sata port

13 TB inside the case

almost 832GB in flashSSD

and 21.82 TB in the Drobo

Almost 38TB raw from a 130 dollar box not bad

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Joe_Miner

Let's see with a Highpoint 2720 and the bios mod you can do the following

4-3TB drives

2 2.5 1TB below the 5.25 drive connects to 2720

a 6 in 1 5.25 drive convertor with 6 1TB wd blues connects to s720

a Patriot Supersonic 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF64GSUSB in the USB Slot Internal

6 Patriot Supersonic Magnum 128GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Model PEF128GSMNUSB

a Drobo B800fs with 8 3TB Drive (21.82 TB in this alone) on the esata port

And lastly a DYI based on this http://kom.aau.dk/~p...Upon/HD-on-PCI/ with another 1TB 2.5 drive connects to the ODD sata port

13 TB inside the case

almost 832GB in flashSSD

and 21.82 TB in the Drobo

Almost 38TB raw from a 130 dollar box not bad

 

Beautiful! Yoda is the right name for you.

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