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Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF

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Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF


I have DL380p G8 Server with 8 SFF bays and a DvD drive in a seperate 8 bay enclosure.

 I would like to drop 8 x 3.5 SAS drives i have available into the machine. To do this i believe i need to upgrade the device enclosure from SFF to LFF for this enclosure. I believe i need to remove the entire front panel assembly and replace it with a LFF version. 

I have read posts of people doing this on G7 and G6 machines but i have not found confirmation this is possible for G8.

Can someone knowledgeable advise if these are the parts i need?

LFF front panel assembly


Front panel cage assembly, 12-bay Large Form Factor (LFF) hard drive - Includes the drive connector backplane board, cables, and left and right ears 1



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HP 2U LFF Ball Bearing Gen8 Rail Kit with CMA



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Is this as simple as pull out and swap over of parts and connect cables or do we need a specialist?

Any other parts needed?

Does the bios needs to be changed or updated after this change?

The device is out of warranty so we are not concerned about whether this is covered or not.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated. 


Regular Advisor

Re: Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF

The Gen8 is 2 completely different Chassis for LFF and SFF.

SFF Drives: 3.44 x 17.54 x 27.50 in (8.73 x 44.55 x 69.85 cm)

LFF Drives: 3.44 x 17.54 x 29.50 in (8.73 x 44.55 x 74.93 cm)


You might be able to frankenstein something together but its not something I would reccomend.
I would just try to pickup a LFF DL380p thats been stripped and then transplant all the parts over.


Occasional Visitor

Re: Upgrade DL380p G8 from SFF to LFF


I have HP DL380e Gen8 I think the same that it is impossible to upgrade it with LFF.

My advice is to upgrade the HD drives. Now it costs only 100 Euro for a 4TB HD drive.

That is what I want to do for my DL 380 Server. By the way, it is used so it is very worthy: