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Yep I found that out too :) Molex pass-through with SATA power, plus a regular SATA cable to power it off the ODD port - done.

 

I have ordered a Dell MX714 as the Molex is to the 4x drive bays, and I'd rather separate the load onto a different rail for stability.

 

 

Hello :)

 

I'm now looking for this cable as well.

 

Buying the "Floppy to SATA power converter cable" online ( from http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?rmvSB=true or http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B005I5TALC/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new) is going to be quite "expensive" for something like this (due to shipping and whatnot).

 

 

So i'll have to go with "Molex pass-through with SATA power".

 

I found this one locally (see photo below):

 

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Is this the one?

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Ok, so that "Molex pass-through with SATA power" cable is kinda far for me to go and pick up.

 

 

But i see this one is much easier to get:

(Just a regular molex to molex in Y)

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Then i could attach this (below) to one of the female connectors (above) while leaving the other female connector intact for the server:

(molex to sata)

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Problem solved?

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Hello :)

 

I'm now looking for this cable as well.

 

Buying the "Floppy to SATA power converter cable" online ( from http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?rmvSB=true or http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-listing/B005I5TALC/ref=dp_olp_new?ie=UTF8&condition=new) is going to be quite "expensive" for something like this (due to shipping and whatnot).

 

 

So i'll have to go with "Molex pass-through with SATA power".

 

I found this one locally (see photo below):

 

6bBy9MY.png

 

Is this the one?

Are you in uk? If so maplins had the floppy to sata power adapters at £2.99 each when I bought mine
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This is all extremely helpful - particular thanks to TheBiggerMan - excellent instrucitons and work fine with Win8.1.

 

They way I read this topic, there are two ways to successfully boot from an SSD sitting on the ODD port:

 

1. TheBiggerMan's post - set up a USB boot loader, using the controller in AHCI mode.

 

2. Or ... run the controller in RAID mode and set each drive up as an individual RAID 0 drive.

 

I have set up scenario 1 above - and all going well.

 

I'm tempted to reconfigure as scenario 2 so I'm not dependant on the USB loader.

 

Questions:

 

A. Have I understood scenario 2 correctly ? I can have the SSD on the ODD port set up as RAID 0 running as a boot drive, and have each of the storage drives set up as RAID 0's as well.

 

B. Are there any downsides to the scenario 2 set up ?

 

Would be great to hear your thoughts - I don't want to go mess with all the data transfer if it's ill-fated !

 

Love these Microservers - particularly paired with the PS1810 switch.

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Some have mentioned the idea that having the controller in RAID mode means that you can't move drives to another computer and read them, since they're in a RAID format instead of the more universal AHCI.

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Actually, that's not at all accurate ikon.  If you set the RAID as RAID0 or RAID1, you can read it in another computer with absolutely no issues at all.  I took one drive of a B120i RAID1 and it reads fine in Windows.  I then took it and stuck it in a USB3 dock and plugged it in to my Synology which also read it perfectly.

 

RAID5 is probably a different story, but RAID1 and RAID0 are fine.

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That's great news HellDriverUK. It's been a bit of an open question in the forums for a while. Glad you cleared it up so well. It seems there's less and less reason to use AHCI over RAID.

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Actually, that's not at all accurate ikon.  If you set the RAID as RAID0 or RAID1, you can read it in another computer with absolutely no issues at all.  I took one drive of a B120i RAID1 and it reads fine in Windows.  I then took it and stuck it in a USB3 dock and plugged it in to my Synology which also read it perfectly.

 

RAID5 is probably a different story, but RAID1 and RAID0 are fine.

 

Cool. I was going to test this soon but good to know.

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