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Hi,
Sorry for asking the obvious. I've created GRUB USB stick (I used http://jarrodla.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/hp-microserver-gen8-boot-from-5th-sata.html). On my SSD I've installed MINT Linux.

Linux boots fine while I have the HDD's NOT inserted. As soon as they are in, the boot fails and I see during POST:

Attempting Boot From USB DriveKey (C:)
Attempting Boot From Hard Drive (C:)
Attempting Boot From NIC

Boot sequence is really set to USB first. The HDD's are Xpenology/Synology 'SHR' drives.

Any suggestions?

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Answering my own question:

 

The USB was formatted 'ext2', according to procedure, but did not have a 'boot' flag.

I used Gparted to add boot flag, and retried. During first boot of Mint Linux I replied 'F' to fix a grub error, after that all fine :-)

 

 

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New to the forums, so hi everyone.

 

I just joined the HP Gen8 Microserver club after taking advantage of the good prices currently running in the UK. Planning to migrate from a Synology & self-build Linux set-up to a single server, running Linux Ubuntu Server 14.04 as the OS and ideally booting from an SSD.

 

I went ahead and ordered this PCI SATA card from Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B003N3FP2O, on the understanding that it wasn't easy or possible to boot from the ODD drive. However is there an existing set of instructions that I have missed that outline how you can boot Ubuntu from the ODD?

 

As an aside I managed to get the floppy 4-power to SATA power adaptor for £1 from Maplins thanks to another suggestion on these forums. 

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Hi Timber,
As I wrote in my opening, I used the instructions from http://jarrodla.blog...m-5th-sata.html, which explains that you can boot from a device in the ODD bay. I replaced the (factory shipped) DVD drive with an SSD (used a connector as in http://www.allekabels.nl/ata-sata-kabels/1763/1082636/sata-naar-slim-sata-verloopstekker.html ) and see my experience above to get by the issues I encountered, as described above.

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Hi Timber,

As I wrote in my opening, I used the instructions from http://jarrodla.blog...m-5th-sata.html, which explains that you can boot from a device in the ODD bay. I replaced the (factory shipped) DVD drive with an SSD (used a connector as in http://www.allekabels.nl/ata-sata-kabels/1763/1082636/sata-naar-slim-sata-verloopstekker.html ) and see my experience above to get by the issues I encountered, as described above.

 

Thank you. Apologies, obviously totally missed the link. Doh! Can only put it down to a long day...

 

Might still try the SATA card and see how I get on, but equally good to know there is a workaround.

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