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Adding hard drives to a HP server ...

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Modey, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    I'm looking to buy a HP server that has quite a high capacity when it comes to hard drives, specifically it can hold 14 3.5" drives internally.

    Now when I have had quotes, HP want quite a lot of money for their 2TB SATA drives. Last time I checked nearly 300 quid each. I can source the same drives for just over £100, the only difference presumably would be a small plastic surround or caddy so the drive would fit into the server?

    I'm wondering if anyone here bought a basic server, then decided to add to it later and if so was it easy to get hold of the drive caddies / surrounds?

    I really don't want to be ripped off to the tune of an extra £1500-2000 just because I get the drives from HP.
     
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    Hmm, you could probably get a custom built server, which'll have the caddy's in with blanking plates.

    Similar to pic attached, the top rack - was a custom build which you just screw onto the hard drives when inserting them. the HP server below in that pic i never actually removed any drives, so not entirely sure if they'll mount onto customs, or you buy them from HP with them already attached

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  3. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    Thanks for the info, but that looks like a server and 2 external enclosures. I just want a server with everything internal.
     
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    The top one is seperate to the below HP one, the HP is a standard DL100 with an MSA shelf below it.

    The one above is a custom build, with space for 12 drives, think there was only 5 in it at the time
     
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  5. Shinigami

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    You sure the drives are the same? HP might be selling "server grade" drives, whilst the cheaper ones you saw, were just desktop grade. Server grade drives typically have higher tolerances and are built to last a longer time...
     
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    HP have always had a habit of charging more for the same drives with less warranty than the actual drive manufactures, it's one of the issues going with HP servers. As far as I know, and this is why we still build and sell Intel boxes, you cannot purchase the drive carriers separately from HP, you might have luck on the second hand market, so if you want them you'll need to buy the whole drive unit.
     
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  7. Modey

    Modey Terabyte Poster

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    Yup in fact it's even worse because it would appear the drives from HP are just desktop drives and the ones I have gotten a quote for seperately were the Enterprise drives that had the longer MTBF etc...

    One thing I can't abide is being ripped off and if I get the drives from HP, I definitely will be.
     
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