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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 7:44 pm 
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As you can tell by the picture below, my setup of a rom drive is less then optimal. Since it appears I may be able to get in a slim dvd rom into the case, I had a quick question. Is there any downside to going with an external USB rom drive vs. an internal Sata drive? So for instance, let say the O/S HDD fails, or something goes wrong where I am required to do a restore/recovery via cd would I be better off with an internal sata drive (possibly lose USB drivers in a crash which would render the USB drive useless)?

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I can tell you that on my previous home build I did an reload with an external drive thout a problem, but that may just be my experience.


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clc4912 wrote:
I can tell you that on my previous home build I did an reload with an external drive thout a problem, but that may just be my experience.


Thinking about it a little bit more, there is no way for me to secure the rom drive if I go internal. I am sure I could rig something up, but it may make more sense to just go with an external USB drive

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The external drive would be more flexible, you could use it on other devices. I actually use an old Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive, works great.

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yakuza wrote:
The external drive would be more flexible, you could use it on other devices. I actually use an old Xbox 360 HD-DVD drive, works great.


That is what I was thinking. I eventually want to have a Blu Ray drive hooked up to the server as well, and the internal slim lines are way too expensive.

Well, just got my HDD cages delivered to work. I appreciate the amount of packaging that goes into this kind of stuff, but I could probably fit about 8 MSS' in the box used just to ship 3 cages!!! So it looks like the only thing holding me back is getting a new O/S drive from NewEgg, which I assume by the time they get my RMA and send me a new one probably won't be until next week, so I should have a few more days to test out the system before I get serious.

Oh yeah, I forgot to order extra SATA cables #-o

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I used an external DVD drive to load the OS on my DIY. No need for internal unit, that will barely ever get used.


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I have an internal slimline DVD and a diskette unit in my Supermicro DIY. I find that I use them quite often. Now I do DVD ripping on the quad core server, so it's understandable I use them more often. The server handles alot of activities that many people do on their main PC, but I chose to have many long running cpu intensive tasks not clogging up my desktop.

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I think eventually I would like to have a DVD/Blu Ray combo drive attached to my server so I can move my blu ray ripping over to the server instead of my desktop. Also (and don't know if I will ever use this feature), with the SageTV HD200 I can play back any BluRay/DVD in the server rom drive on the HD200. The internal slim DVD/BR combo drives are a little too pricey for my taste right now, so I will probably go with an external.

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Well, looks like my replacement O/S drive just got delivered today, so I should have everything to really move forward with the build. The only thing I am missing is extra Sata cables as I have a feeling the ones I have are not going to be long enough to reach from the HDD cage to the SATA controller. I will just order some more from Newegg tomorrow, it will give me enough time to get the O/S drive installed and WHS running for a few days before I start migrating the pooled drives over.

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Monoprice.com has always been a good source of cables for me. A couple days burning in the OS drive is probably a good idea.

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yakuza wrote:
Monoprice.com has always been a good source of cables for me. A couple days burning in the OS drive is probably a good idea.


Thanks, I forgot about Monoprice!!! I should have some measurements tonight but I think I am going to need at least 5 3ft cables (the ones i have are 2ft or 1.5ft)

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I just added some pictures (see 4th post on page 1).

- I added the 8 port Sata Controller Card. Oddly enough it doesn't seem to work with my internal Rom drive (I kept getting failure to initialize errors) but had no issues recognizing a HDD
- Another neat thing I found out about the case, it comes with a "Screw Farm", so you just pull out the screws from the case and use (mostly for the HDD cages)
- Installed a few addins (Advanced Admin, Disk Management, SagetV)
- I was originally planning on throwing my 2250 tv tuner card in, but may hold off for a little. I will test out the system with my HDHomerun first
- I need to order some more Sata cables and need a few Sata to Molex connectors. I should have by mid week which will give me enough time to let SHAWSHANK run on its own before I attempt to move my MSS drives over.

I couldn't find a midget who was willing to take a picture with the Chenbro shipping box, but my son was more then happy to:

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That's a huge box, and I always loved playing in them as a kid, how long until he's sliding down the stairs in it? :D

Sounds like good progress, I'm interested to hear how it goes with TV tuner hooked up...

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Excellent pics!
BTW, I agree with having a BD drive on the server.

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So just checked online and it appears the last pieces I need to complete SHAWSHANK have arrived. I orded an addition 5 3ft SataII cables, 2 Molex Y Splitters (for the HDD cages), and a few cable sleeves to try and tidy things up. Hopefully I can get this set up today so I can test out the remaining HDD cages, and then possibly start the migration of the HDDs from my MSS/TR4M to SHAWSHANK by this weekend (if all goes well my wife will be in the hospital this weekend and I will have the house to myself :mrgreen: )

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