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dell poweredge 1850 with sata?

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hello, i am going to pick one up tomorrow (didnt cost anything), i want to learn how they work (best way to learn right thumb.gif )and host a server in the future from it or possibly buy a modern one.

it comes fully working except there are no drives installed.
i understand that it takes scsi drives for the server to be ran on, but i don't have any


what id like to know is:

1. is there anyway at all that i can run from sata hdds instead of scsi drives, or will i have to obtain an scsi to run
2. can you mix processors (dual socket) eg 2.8 xeon + 3.4 xeon
3. if i get hold of an scsi (maybe around 20gb) can i connect an external hdd via usb to store the server data on or will i have to obtain a bigger scsi
4. where can i run these rack mounts besides on a rack, would it be ok running maybe under a bed (i can crawl under so ventilation isn't a problem) or else where such as screwed to the underside of my desk


i will eventually use it to host a minecraft server when the full 12gb ram is installed along side a second processor
after i learn how it works and such


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1. You need a SAS to Sata adapter - the RAID cards that these machines use are usually Perc5's which are pretty nice, though I would still suggest using SCSI drives if you can (as they are faster and have lower access times)

2. You need to use 2 of the same processors

3. Yes you can use an external drive, although I wouldn't recommend putting anything too valuable on it or trying to run a server off an external drive (besides latency, USB external drives are prone to failure)

4. No you don't have to rack mount it, just make sure it has a decent amount of air flow as they get pretty warm.
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awesome biggrin.gif id be getting a SAS to SATA adapter instead of an scsi drive as i already have the hdds and the price of an a SCSI drive is too much for somthing i dont have a clue what im doing with biggrin.gif

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