Originally Posted by shepP
Thanks for the info. Yes it's the server and I'm not into overclocking. Last time I overclocked was a celeron 300a @ 450 I think :P
Any suggestions for hard drive tracking? When a disk fails I want to be able to know which drive caddy to pull. The long way I came up with was adding one disk at a time and then rebooting after I record which drive it has been set to under windows. Anyone got any more efficient method?
I'm just putting the hardware together now. I didn't get all my parts so I'm going to run the stock fan wall until my last 120mm fan comes in. No fan splitters either so I will run the back 2 new 80mm fans from the board and the fan wall from the psu. They only shipped 2. I'm trying the rubber fasteners they sent over screws to see how it works. No paste either for the cpu but I guess I can add that later.
I generally wait and try to do the build only once, and do it right the first time. I wouldn't want to remove a CPU heatsink or fan to swap out thermal paste. Even though I have done this and actually I am planning to swap my server CPU and fan today it's not my recommendation unless you are sick out of your mind like me
Waiting and doing it once is usually the best.
As far as HDD tracking I do it the simple way. I name my hard drives something unique to each drive (like hd movies 1, tv shows #2.. Etc) and I make an identical name label with a sticky label tape machine and put it on the front of the HDD bay case. That way if I yank out a drive I just look down and know what it is.
If you are starting fresh with all new HDD then I would just name them by brand model and size with #1, #2,#3 etc after the name for simplicity.
You could make a key or map on excel or even sticky tab paper and stick it to the top of the case so you know the location of each hdd.
If you do they naming logically I would just line them up like you read starting with 1 then 2 then 3 then 4, that means hdd 5 would be first in the second row, #6 would be next ... Etc..
Port 0 on your sata cards is drives 1-4 and port 2 SAS8087 on your sata card is drives 4-8. I just used my second card for ports 9-12 and 13-16.
I started on row 2 on the Norco and ran the top row off the mobo ports. I use this for my parity drive (which spins down) and non pooled hard drives (which also spin down)
I only have 16 HDD in my storage pool.