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Open up the server and take another good look, most older rackserver's I've used (Poweredge, Proliant, IBM eSeries) actually use IDE for the CD/DVD and floppy drives.
    
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Citruspers, here's some pictures I took for you:
http://imgur.com/a/T3INw#1WVru
I actually bought a IDE DVD drive from Best Buy... didn't fit.
    
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post #13 of 33
Is there not an IDE controller on the motherboard somewhere (even if it's not cabled up currently)? Assuming you don't need the optical drive permanently you should be able to hook something up outside the case.

If there is no IDE controller onboard then buying a cheap add-in card to stick in a PCI slot would be easier, cheaper and better value in the long run (as you could use it elsewhere if needed) than buying a SCSI DVD drive just for that server.
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thanks so much for that! I didn't even think of that. Would this work?
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post #15 of 33
Yeah, that would work.

You can look on ebay as well. I got a cheap sata PCI card for about 5 bucks shipped.
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post #16 of 33
Not sure that card will work. Look at the product descriptions.

It's still a solid idea though.

I'd go for this one instead
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HighPoint RocketRAID 454 PCI IDE Controller Card
post #17 of 33
The Syba card with its Via chipset will almost certainly support optical drives, although if it can't be bootable it would require a workaround with a floppy boot disk or similar with drivers onboard (which seems odd for a card with RAID support, even a crappy one like this). A different, bootable card would be better.

However the Highpoint almost certainly won't support ATAPI drives, so an optical drive is a no-go altogether.
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post #18 of 33
I must say I'm surprised, that connector looks like Ultra SCSI 3 (wide). Seriously, out of all the server's I encountered, IDE was the standard for the optical drives.

Definitely check for an IDE connector on the motherboard, or perhaps even a SATA port (I know the older proliants have those on the mainboard hidden somewhere).

Perhaps Dell also has something to boot from a networked ISO, similar to HP's iLO?
    
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post #19 of 33
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Originally Posted by citruspers;13770105 
I must say I'm surprised, that connector looks like Ultra SCSI 3 (wide). Seriously, out of all the server's I encountered, IDE was the standard for the optical drives.

Definitely check for an IDE connector on the motherboard, or perhaps even a SATA port (I know the older proliants have those on the mainboard hidden somewhere).

Perhaps Dell also has something to boot from a networked ISO, similar to HP's iLO?

This. I don't recall seeing a server that didn't have at least 1 IDE channel onboard for optical drives.

And most servers will PXE boot, but getting that to work may be more hassle than buying a $5 adapter...
post #20 of 33
Going over the Poweredge 2600 pdf.
It doesn't look like their is IDE to be found on the board.
It's mostly all SCSI.
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