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    Alternatives to disk drive?

    Hi,

    We currently use supermicro 1U superservers with 4 disk hot swap drives (all connected to RAID controller).

    However we must have 5 disk drives here.
    Since all 4 x 3.5" Hot-swap SATA Drive Trays will be in use we need some solution how to mount a 5th drive or some device here.

    How do you think we could reach that?
    I have few ideas:

    1. Make it yourself solution: make some drawer and attach it to the back side of the server. Then put the disk drive inside of it Pretty weird solution but should work.

    2. Use some device that could be plugged onto PCI slots. Do you know any device that could be plugged here and would be recognized as disk drive by OS?


    Thanks for your ideas.

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    You might have room inside the server to velcro a 2.5" HD or SSD in there, assuming you have an extra port on the RAID controller for it.
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    If you're desperate, you can screw a hard drive onto the back of the supermicro chassis. The square grill holes work well for screwing the hard drive in. I don't recommend doing this for general use, but if you're desperate and it's your own server (and not a customer's), then it can work.
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    Or, you could do something *more normal* and get a CF card or something like that. Or a PCI-e SSD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bqinternet View Post
    You might have room inside the server to velcro a 2.5" HD or SSD in there, assuming you have an extra port on the RAID controller for it.
    That can work as well. SSD's don't have exposed electronics, aren't very sensitive to heat or vibration, so you can pretty much throw them wherever you can fit them. In the 4 bay supermicro chassis, there is easily room above the 3.5" bay to fit in a 2.5" SSD if you don't mind it just floating around in there. I don't recommend this for hard drives since they are sensitive to vibration and need proper cooling, so should be mounted properly.
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    So you say SSD disk drives wound not be good here?
    So we should only choose 2.5" HD ?

    I found some interesting devices like:
    http://www.logicsupply.com/products/sfm20i_8g
    http://www.pc2buy.com/37906/4gb-sata...ical-high.html
    http://www.fusionio.com/products/iodrive/

    Has anyone experiences with them?

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