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MicroServer N36L/N40L/N54L - 6 Drive Edition

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Well I just upgraded to the hacked BIOS and all went well. This is a fantastic little box! I'm using it for the data that I often access and let the big unRAID remain idle more of the time. I love this little guy!

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A couple of mods:

 

1) SPCR replaced the case fan (whic is harder than it sounds): http://www.silentpcreview.com/article1193-page7.html

 

2) An dude from OCAU replaced the PSU with a silent PicoPSU -- this also drops power consumption considerably:

 

http://forums.overclockers.com.au/showpost.php?p=13224115&postcount=2153

 

http://www.mini-box.com/s.nl/it.A/id.417/.f

 

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Also, 3TB drives work: http://usingwindowshomeserver.com/2011/04/19/hp-proliant-microserver-usb-3-0-video-edition/

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picopsu mod looks very interesting - thanks for the heads up!

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+1

 

I knew about the pico power supply but i had not really given it much thought until you posted this.

Now i am wondering if i can get one to work inside a chenbro mITX Pedistal Sever case or to mod one for a dell GX620 mini form factor.

 

I have one of each with no power supply.

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hrmm..

 

What is the differance in the new model and the old model besides the hard drive size?

 

I almost got one a while back and now that the 160gig model is on sale... i might get it.

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hrmm..

 

What is the differance in the new model and the old model besides the hard drive size?

 

I almost got one a while back and now that the 160gig model is on sale... i might get it.

 

I think the newer model may have a different psu as well - in terms of power output anyway.

 

I'm not sure if it applies to you either but in some regions doing the cashback deal (the UK for sure) it only currently applies to the newer model.

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I've only picked up one, but it's hard to disagree with you. I have no need at all for more but for the money it's almost rude not to!

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There are some Australian users who've bought 2 or even 4 of these.

 

I thought about buying a second one, but I already have another unRAID server, so I'd have to buy another license, and many of the tasks I'd like to use another server for need more CPU power.

 

I figure if they bring out another model with more CPU power and do another deal, I might get another one.

 

FYI, the Australian deal has ended and the UK deal ends today.

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There are some Australian users who've bought 2 or even 4 of these.

 

I thought about buying a second one, but I already have another unRAID server, so I'd have to buy another license, and many of the tasks I'd like to use another server for need more CPU power.

 

I figure if they bring out another model with more CPU power and do another deal, I might get another one.

 

FYI, the Australian deal has ended and the UK deal ends today.

 

What odds would you give on them extending it? The UK offer started way back last year and keeps being extended / coming back. Is it the same on your side of the world?

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There are some Australian users who've bought 2 or even 4 of these.

 

I thought about buying a second one, but I already have another unRAID server, so I'd have to buy another license, and many of the tasks I'd like to use another server for need more CPU power.

 

I figure if they bring out another model with more CPU power and do another deal, I might get another one.

 

FYI, the Australian deal has ended and the UK deal ends today.

 

What odds would you give on them extending it? The UK offer started way back last year and keeps being extended / coming back. Is it the same on your side of the world?

 

My side of the world is the UK, and the offer was extended many times from February to May, but each monthly extension happened well before the end of the month, so I don't see it happening again for this particular SKU.

 

I think the reason the extensions kept happening was that the units hadn't all sold. There are reports of all the stock in the UK now being sold out, and the same happened in Australia after a much shorter time -- a week or 10 days.

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there was no such deal in the US. I work very closely with HP at work since we are replacing all our "rackables" and supermicro servers with HP blade servers.

they are out almost daily to the datacenter and i keep pointing out the UK deal. they keep saying they wish they could get one at that price in the states. they said best they can do is give me a G7 at about 1/3 off ..

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Whilst that's a shame - you guys get so many excellent deals through MIR's that we in the UK will never see, it's nice for us to have something useful like that for once.

 

Although a shame you can't get the benefit as well.

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MIRs are a PITA anyways.  I either forget, or it takes 8 weeks so by the time it arrives, they may not have sent it as I probably would have forgotten anyways lol.

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I wish I could grab a couple... 3-4... of these in the US for that price.  I have a friend that would love an unRAID server, but it has to be small.  I can build one that is small, but not nearly as cheaply as this one was put together for.

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I'm guessing any shipping and tax considerations make it not worthwhile buying from the UK?

 

I know all about the cost from the US -> UK but little about the other way round.

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The trick would be the MIR would have to go through a UK proxy.  I would imagine shipping a group of them in some kind of bulk shipment would help eliminate some of the cost.  Maybe save $75 - $100 after it's all said and done?

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Plenty of uk forumites so I'm sure something could be arranged if the end result was still cost effective. If the US handles imports and taxes anything like we do then I can imagine it probably won't be though :(

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Hi guys I have 5x2TB Samsung F4 unRaid build (with the modded BIOS) working just fine. To increase capacity (having the 6th drive license) I was thinking to add another F4 in a separate enclosure and connect it to the microserver with an eSATA-eSATA cable.  Will this work ?

Thanks.

 

 

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It should work fine.

 

Just be careful to not knock the cable out. That could cause problems.

 

I would also spend a few extra bucks to make sure the drive enclosure is a decent quality so you don't cook the drive under heavy loads. I have seen some cheap one do that.

 

you could also buy a prebuilt external and it might cost less. like a WD or Seagate 2TB external with Esata.

(although they seem to be getting rare with USB3 being the newest rage)

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Thanks. I already have a spare F4 in a system I built for ripping and compressing my DVD/BluRay collection with MakeMKV/Handbrake and having finished the project (many-many weeks) that extra drive is coming out. It certainly deserves a place on top of the microServer!  :)

 

Any ideas about a reasonable enclosure?

 

 

It should work fine.

 

Just be careful to not knock the cable out. That could cause problems.

 

I would also spend a few extra bucks to make sure the drive enclosure is a decent quality so you don't cook the drive under heavy loads. I have seen some cheap one do that.

 

you could also buy a prebuilt external and it might cost less. like a WD or Seagate 2TB external with Esata.

(although they seem to be getting rare with USB3 being the newest rage)

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Hi guys I have 5x2TB Samsung F4 unRaid build (with the modded BIOS) working just fine. To increase capacity (having the 6th drive license) I was thinking to add another F4 in a separate enclosure and connect it to the microserver with an eSATA-eSATA cable.  Will this work ?

Thanks.

 

Or just put the 5th and 6th drive in the 5.25" bay? See this post for more info: http://www.avforums.com/forums/14738494-post576.html

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