Aug 142017

ADM

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot

  • August 14 2017
  • ADM

 

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - hardware

 

After a long search and comparison for a NAS, I came to the conclusion that I will build one using an HP Microserver Gen8. The main reasons for buying the Microserver where the flexibility that a system can offer and the price (currently - October 2016, there is a cashback offer within the UK only). After the cashback, the price is around £120 for the HPE Microserver Gen8.

The complete list of parts is composed of:

  • HPE Microserver Gen8;
  • 2 x WD red 3Tb;
  • 1 x Samsung Pro 840 128Gb.
  • power adapter - 4 male pin to SATA;
  • 1 SATA cable.

This post will present the hardware setup of the server, including the HDDs and the SSD in the ODD drive space.

HPE Microserver Gen8

The server came in a box, well packed and protected.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8006

The server is well protected in the box.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8007

...and the final form.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8008

The access to the four drives is very easy through the front metal door.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8009

As can be seen in the image, at the back of the Gen8 is attached a label with ILO default settings.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8011

SSD Install

As SSD I will use my old (not that old) Samsung 840 Pro, 128Gb

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8017

To connect will need a SATA cable.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8019

...and the power adapter cable.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8015

On the top of the server, you can find the power cable that is for the ODD. Connect the adapter cable as shown in the image.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8016

On the motherboard (on the left side), near the power connector, you can find the SATA port available for the ODD drive.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8020

Connect the SATA cable to the SATA port.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8021

Connect the SATA cable and the power cable to the SSD and place the SSD in the ODD space. Make sure you are not forcing the cables. The SSD is fixed with some duck tape. If you don't want to do this improvisation, you can buy a generic adapter for the SSD. If you search "SSD caddy" on eBay, a lot of options will be found.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8023

HDD Install

To take out the HDD slots you need to lift and pull from the bottom of each slot.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8010

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8025

Remove the four screws from each panel.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8026

and fix the HDD instead. My setup will use two HDDs.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8004

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8027

To insert the HDD you just need to push the HDD inside and use the lever to lock the HDD.

HP Microserver Gen8 - Install SSD in ODD slot - MicroGen8028

Now put back the case and we are ready to start-up.

Follow the HP Microserver Gen8 - Boot from SSD install on ODD bay tutorial in order to configure the HP Microserver Gen8 to boot from the SSD drive.