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Some floppy connectors did not have all four wires. I would assume a SSD does not need the +12VDC, but it may be safer to cable into the Molex junction under the ODD bay.

 

Pancakes nice find on the FD to SATA power adapters.

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I just got my MicroServer yesterday, and have been trying to setup an SSD in the optical drive slot. As noted by wwindowwss above, there is indeed a power connector already there, but some tinkering is required to get a regular drive up and running. I tried calling HP Support, but they were less than helpful and simply recommended I buy their optical drive, and cross my fingers hoping for a cable in the box.

 

So, I just thought I'd post a rundown of the possible solutions:

 

- First, there is the is the official HP part (# 683358-001), this is the cable you see in all the pictures online. At around $15 a pop, not a bad deal. It won't work with regular SATA connector off the bat, but you can always use a 9.55mm optical caddy to both hold it in place and provide the proper connector. This is the one I'm planning on using: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004Y8SGXW/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

 

- Another possibility would be to use one of these cables: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-OEM-Dell-MX714-Floppy-FDD-to-Sata-Power-Converter-Cable-/400298253923?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d33a29e63, run your own data cable and secure it with some velcro tape

 

Hope this helps anyone running into the same issue. This is a fantastic little unit, I'm looking forward to having it all setup.  :)

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How loud is it?

 

Haven't gotten around to playing with it much outside of initial setup, but so far it has been very quiet.

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The tray from Amazon is an interesting idea.

There is still the question around the speed of the SATA port for the ODD bay.

I would think at best it is SATA II, but it could be SATA I.

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In the power supply removal video, I can see that the floppy power connection in the ODD bay has all four wires. So it should be fine.

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In the power supply removal video, I can see that the floppy power connection in the ODD bay has all four wires. So it should be fine.

 

They're fakes wires; they knew you'd be checking :D

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Introducing the new HP Microserver G8® Floppy Drive add on bay for a massive 1.44mb of Ultra-Unstable Storage
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Introducing the new HP Microserver G8® Floppy Drive add on bay for a massive 1.44mb of Ultra-Unstable Storage

 

Better yet; a ZIP drive, with Click-Of-Death pre-installed :D

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