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HP DL360P - SFF to LFF
Can someone please confirm, I am about to buy a HP DL360P which has 8x SFF hot plug bays.
is it possible to put 4x LFF drives in there? What do I need to do/change to make the LFF drives work?
this is not possible or not worth it.
In the 4 LFF bays you can install the SFF HDD's with an adapter but not the other way around.
LFF = Large Form Factor 3.5"
SFF = Small Form Factor 2.5"
Just find yourself a server that has the 3.5" Hard Drive Bays already form the manufacture.
Because according to the spec on the owners manual, it says you can choose between "8x SFF" or "4x LFF"
But does not mention what changes need to be made.
You would need a new drive cage and backplane. There's no reason that shouldn't work, but personally I'd just look for an LFF chassis instead.
And from a cost standpoint, the LFF drives are typically cheaper than SFF, so an LFF chassis would be more cost effective.
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We tried that at a previous employer. It depends on your chassis.
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They state you have the option during order but not to change it afterwards.
You will have to look for a new front plate, drive cage and backplane and if your lucky it will fit.
It didn't for us.
Easier and safer to but the right chassis from the beginning!
Starting with HP's G8 series, the drive cage and backplanes are supposed to be interchangeable with a simple process. You just order the correct option part from a reseller and then change it out.
If you're looking at a model earlier than a G8, the process will more than likely be less cost effective than just finding the correct model to start with - the whole chassis has been known to be different between SFF and LFF versions.
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