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ML350 G9 as a home based multi use server.

 
Fullion
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ML350 G9 as a home based multi use server.

A few months ago I had a ML350 G9 server donated to me to replace the old Thecus Chinese black box I had been using for a Plex media storage server.  The HPE server had never actually been used and was replaced when Gen 10 was rolled out.  As it sits it is a dual Xeon E5-2640 v3 @ 2.60GHz, twin sticks of 16Gb 2133MHz memory, redundant 800W Platinum PSU, and was populated with a bay of SAS 300-600Gb 2.5" HDD's.   I added a cheap soundcard along with an older videocard and have been using it for a Plex server, and in the future will be hosting a website for my wifes business.

I have been trying to figure out if the server can be converted to house 3.5" SAS/SATA drives.  I have already aquired an expansion card so would just need the chassis hardware and backplanes to make it happen. 

Is this possible or should I just invest elswhere and look at a different server/enclosure altogether?

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Torsten.
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Re: ML350 G9 as a home based multi use server.

There was a recent change for the Gen10 and now you can mix LFF and SFF disk bays. WOrth to check in quickspec if this applies for the Gen9 too.


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Fullion
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Re: ML350 G9 as a home based multi use server.

Given the gen 9 and gen 10 designs differ fo how the drive bay cages are designed I highly doubt that would have any affect of gen 9 equipment.

SanjeevGoyal
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Re: ML350 G9 as a home based multi use server.

Hello,

The most common form factors for HDDs in enterprise systems are 2.5-inch, also known as small form factor (SFF), and 3.5-inch, also known as large form factor (LFF). The 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch measurements represent the approximate diameter of the platter within the drive enclosures.

You can use the below part to convert from SFF to LFF.

779083-001: 8-bay hot-plug large form factor (LFF) backplane board - For either SAS or SATA hard drives - Mounts on the two bottom rows of the front hard drive cage
726561-B21: ML350 Gen9 LFF Media Cage Kit

As well as follow the HPE ProLiant ML350 Generation9 (Gen9) ( Page NO 16, 23 & 32) more clarification.

https://h20195.www2.hpe.com/v2/getpdf.aspx/c04375628.pdf

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