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Krueger86

Decided to setup a N54L microserver. Need help.

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Joe_Miner

I updated my post to clarify the Bios Mod benefits. Thanks.

 

To your point of achieving maximum SSD speed, you could install a  4 port Sata PCI card and rout all the new drives and DVD roms to it and realize Sata III 6 gb speeds. Correct?

 

HighPoint Rocket Controller

 

Yes, the Rocket 640L works in the MicroServer.  I have one right now in my N54L for my SSD but it does chew up a slot.  The Rocket 640L only works with AHCI -- it's not a RAID card.

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Krueger86

I am probably not concerned with SATA III right now. Found this SSD at Newegg for 135.00

 

OCZ Vertex Plus R2 VTXPLR2-25SAT2-240GB 2.5" 240GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

 

Was wondering if it was a good deal and what cable I would need?

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jmwills

SSD's should be around 50 cents per gig for a good deal or at least that is close to the going rate.  On the subject of backup, DriveBender, Pooling, or any other file duplication remedy is NOT a backup solution.

 

A backup means a separate copy of the data readily accessible for restore.  Preferably 3 copies, 2 of different media types and 1 copy off site.  What has been referred to as the 3-2-1 method.

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Krueger86

50 cents a gig? Wow. I would jump at a deal like that. Do you know of any place I can get around a 250GB SSD for that?

 

And thanks for the info about backups.

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Krueger86

Ok.  Recieved my Microserver today.  After looking at it.  First thing I did was take it apart before I even booted it up.  I see a USB connector and on SATA connector on the mother board.  Looks like an eSATA connection to the 4 drive bays.  (I could be wrong but a SATA connection none the less.)  So how would I be able to use an SSD for the OS and the 4 bays for data storage, plus have an OS backup drive and a DVD optical drive?  Is it possible with the system as it comes or will I need to order a card?  Remember I have a video card that I want to use already for HTPC.

 

Also, I am having a hard time creating a USB boot key.  Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks.

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ikon

The connector for the drive cage isn't an eSATA; it's an SFF8087 connector.

 

I believe Joe_Miner managed to get 6 drives into his MicroServer. It seems you want to connect 7. Joe_Miner has a lot of MicroServer links but here's 1 about adding HDDs: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3774-how-many-hdds-is-possible-with-the-hp-microserver-9/.

 

One of the options for a DVD drive is to get an external USB one.

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Joe_Miner

The connector for the drive cage isn't an eSATA; it's an SFF8087 connector.

 

I believe Joe_Miner managed to get 6 drives into his MicroServer. It seems you want to connect 7. Joe_Miner has a lot of MicroServer links but here's 1 about adding HDDs: http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/3774-how-many-hdds-is-possible-with-the-hp-microserver-9/.

 

One of the options for a DVD drive is to get an external USB one.

 

In addition to the link ikon provided that has great info on just how many HDD's you can put in a MicroServer be sure to check out the information in:

 

MicroServer Hardware Links

More Interesting MicroServer Links

 

In those you'll find things like HP's HP ProLiant MicroServer User Guide   

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ikon

Thanks JM (I knew I could count on you :)).

 

A couple of other links:

 

This 1 has diagrams & instructions on maintaining and upgrading the server: http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/template.PAGE/public/psi/performMaintResults/?sp4ts.oid=4248009&spf_p.tpst=psiContentResults&spf_p.prp_psiContentResults=wsrp-navigationalState%3Daction%253Ddoclist%257Ccontentid%253DL.04.05&javax.portlet.begCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken&javax.portlet.endCacheTok=com.vignette.cachetoken

 

This 1 has a fantastic series of videos on how to open, maintain, and upgrade the MicroServer line:

http://h20464.www2.hp.com/index.html. On that page select Servers in Box 1, HP ProLiant MicroServer in Box 2, and HP ProLiant MicroServer series in Box 3. Then, under the boxes click the Remove/Replace Videos link. A window should pop up with a list of videos.

 

I've posted it this way, instead of a direct link, because the page seems to be a bit flaky. I recorded & saved the videos for my own use.

 

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Krueger86

I guess all this still doesn't answer the original question. If I want to add an SSD drive for the OS and have a 2.5" backup drive plus a slim optical drive. Do I need to add a SATA card? If so, is there one that you guys would recommend?

 

Reason I am asking is because I am looking at some of the icy docks for possible solutions. Another choice is to just purchase a USB optical drive. But, that still leaves a connection for a OS backup drive?

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