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i recently bought a hp N54l, Along with 2 x 4tb WD hard drive. when i installed WHS 2011 on the hard drive it would only give me 2tb of usable space in the OS drive and other working normal, after a bit of research this was apparently normal.  

 

so id rather buy a 3.5" 250gb sata 2 hard drive and add it to the ODD bay and have the other 4 bay as storage. just wondering would i need some sort of caddy and which one and any cables. also would i be able to install WHS 2011 on it and get it to boot easily.

 

p.s very new to all of this server stuff bought for back up and stream pics and vid to devices

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There are a number of threads on these forums that deal with this topic. I would use Bing or google and add the parameter "site:homeservershow.com" along with your other search criteria to find relevant posts.

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i recently bought a hp N54l, Along with 2 x 4tb WD hard drive. when i installed WHS 2011 on the hard drive it would only give me 2tb of usable space in the OS drive and other working normal, after a bit of research this was apparently normal.  

 

so id rather buy a 3.5" 250gb sata 2 hard drive and add it to the ODD bay and have the other 4 bay as storage. just wondering would i need some sort of caddy and which one and any cables. also would i be able to install WHS 2011 on it and get it to boot easily.

 

p.s very new to all of this server stuff bought for back up and stream pics and vid to devices

 

A starting point.....

 

Check ODD Mods and Mods in http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5190-microserver-hardware-links/

 

then http://homeservershow.com/tag/microserver

http://homeservershow.com/the-icy-dock-5-25-hot-swap-drive-caddy-for-a-2-5-and-a-3-5-sata-drive-duoswap-mb971sp-b.html

http://homeservershow.com/a-first-time-build-with-windows-home-server-2011-and-hp-proliant-n40l-microserver-part-i.html

http://homeservershow.com/a-first-time-build-with-windows-home-server-2011-and-hp-proliant-n40l-microserver-part-ii.html

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There is more to it, than just adding a ODD HDD bay...

 

You need to flash your BIOS with a custom firmware so that the SATA ports can be used as Hotswap drives/bays.

You'll see in my Signature below what ODD Bay I am using... I have 2.5" SSD running Server 2012 and a 250GB 3.5" drive that I am saving my Windows Server Backups on.

 

You'll also need to get a couple of other power cable, to split the single ODD power into 2 power lines for 2 drives... if you go for a dual bay.

 

The links above will help you work out what's best.

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Why would he need to have HotSwap? It sounds to me that he wants to install the drive permanently into the ODD bay. Mind you, I still think it's a good idea to flash with a modded BIOS, as I understand that will allow for SATA II speed instead of SATA I (mind you, I may be thinking of the eSATA port needing the modded BIOS to get SATA II speeds).

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Fair point about the HotSwap... I just made an assumption - but the mod BIOS does have a number of extra features as you mentioned.

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