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Hello everybody,

yet another Gen8 newbe in the forum :)

A THEORETICAL QUESTION:
Is it possbile to migrate/exchange HDDs (with NTFS) between the Gen8 MicroServer and other hardware and vice versa and still use the data files on it?

Please take the following scenarios into consideration:

1)From other hardware to Gen8 MicroServer:
    1a) for Gen8 in AHCI mode
    2b) for Gen8 in B210i mode as RAID-0
    3c) for Gen8 in B210i mode as RAID-1

2) From another (not HP's) Raid-1 Controller to Gen8 MicroServer

3) From Gen8 MicroServer to another hardware
    3a) for Gen8 in AHCI mode
    3b) for Gen8 in B210i mode as RAID-0 (Array defined only on a single HDD)
    3c) for Gen8  in B210i mode as RAID-1 (not necessarelly HP's).

A PRACTICAL QUESTION:     
My personall case is actually a bit more complecated:
I had 2 HDDs in RAID-1 configuration on a MoBo from Gigabyte.
Several weeks ago one of the HDDs got accedently unplugged.
copule of days later, when I realize that, I've plugged it back, yet from that moment I had not only 1, but 2 HDDs identified by my OS (as D: and E:).
I've used WinMerge to identify which HDD is out of sync and removed that for the meanwhile from the PC. (Currently I simply backup to externall HDD of course)

Since I'm anyway migrating to the Gen8, I thought I could use this opportunity to experiment with the extra HDD (aka E:) before I will transfer the real HDD (D:).

For more details of my destination configuration, please have a look at my member page.

apreciate any thoughts you might have

BlueThing
 

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My comments below in Blue:

1)From other hardware to Gen8 MicroServer:
    1a) for Gen8 in AHCI mode 

          It should work, AHCI is AHCI
    2b) for Gen8 in B210i mode as RAID-0

         AHCI to RAID0 single drive has worked for me, but no guarantees  
    3c) for Gen8 in B210i mode as RAID-1
          RAID1 from another system will not work
2) From another (not HP's) Raid-1 Controller to Gen8 MicroServer
          No
3) From Gen8 MicroServer to another hardware
    3a) for Gen8 in AHCI mode

          It should work AHCI is AHCI
    3b) for Gen8 in B210i mode as RAID-0 (Array defined only on a single HDD)

          I have had it work, but no guarantees
    3c) for Gen8  in B210i mode as RAID-1 (not necessarelly HP's).

         RAID1 on a Gen 8 will only move to another HP controller 

 

From your current situation, it would be best to start with clean drives.

AHCI is fairly mobile.

All B120i RAID sets can be moved to other HP RAID controllers. If you had a P222 controller, you could bring the drive from your old system as a single drive RAID0, then migrate it to a RAID1 pair.

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Thank you SchoonDoggy,

I'm still debating wheather to run my system as AHCI vs B120i since I'd like to have an interchangability with other hardware.
I guess my only option is to try a single drive RAID-0 configuration and test if it works for me too.

I'll keep you updated about my finding.

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If interchange is a high priority, AHCI is the safest path.

Although, every time I migrate systems I seem to upgrade drives anyway.

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Thank you SchoonDoggy

 

after testing installation both in B120i and AHCI mode, I've decided to have my system running AHCI.

 

How do you find the fan noise, or does it not matter to you?

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My subjective impression is that it was pretty similar in both modes.

The nose is indeed noticeable when everything else is quiet but during the day i don't mind that.

When we have guests staying over in the living room i can still turn off the server for the night once in a while.

After all, it's just a family server

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Since I don't own one of theses..... how is the fan connected?

 

The reason I ask, is that Noctua (and other companies, I'm sure) sell "LNA" cables, which reduce the RPM of the fans. They're meant for low noise situations, and may be just what you want.

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Since I don't own one of theses..... how is the fan connected?

 

The reason I ask, is that Noctua (and other companies, I'm sure) sell "LNA" cables, which reduce the RPM of the fans. They're meant for low noise situations, and may be just what you want.

 

Aren't those LNA cables just regular cables with a resistor in-line? If so, I don't think they will work because I believe the Gen8 uses a PWM fan.

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