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From frankenraid to the bomb shelter...

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Our raid fileserver was 4 HDDs bolted to an aluminum plate with the cables coming out of a desktop case. I pointed a fan at the drives and they stay super cool and last a long time. This old computer finally started giving me kernel panics, so I bought all new everything to go with the old card and drives. This will be our backup server once the new shiney Lenovo RD430 is online and our active fileserver.

OS: LMDE, Linux Mint Debian Edition
Case: Military Surplus
CPU: core i3-4130
Motherboard: Lenovo
Memory: 8GB ECC
PSU: Lenovo
OS HDD: OCZ-AGILITY4 128GB
Storage HDD(s): four 2TB on HighPoint RR3510 hw card in a cage.
Server Manufacturer: Lenovo

The Lenovo ThinkServer TS140 is about the most insane deal right now. For under $300 you get much more value than that money has a right to deliver!

I originally bought one to be the new shipping computer. But its specs were so good I couldn't resist stealing it to be the new platform for our RAID. I wanted it to go in a rack and when I found that discounted case, it was on!

From Amazon:


Inside the TS140:
» PSU is bronze but seems wimpy at 280W, but The Internets say it can deliver.
» Proprietary 14 pin power connector to motherboard (adapter cable bought if I need it).
» SATA power comes via two proprietary looms with 3 connectors each plugged into 4 pin molex on motherboard.
» The case is well made and has 2 tool-less 3.5" HDD trays and a 2 port USB3 plate for front panel.
» The motherboard has 5 sata ports so it can run a SW raid.
» Motherboard is almost perfectly ATX mounting screw pattern.


HDD hotswappable cage:
I searched the internet over and really wanted a cage with a SFF-8087 Mini-SAS connector so I could ditch the breakout cables. But alas, none exist. This HDD cage seemed to offer the best cooling and newest evolution in design from the manufacturer.
» The pivot arm and rails are cast aluminum.
» Overall feel of quality.
» 3TB HDDs fit without issue, not like my RD430 server's Lenovo HDD trays.

Edited by unexpectedly - 3/26/14 at 2:20pm
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This case is made like it was for a missile silo or bomb shelter:
» HDD cage fit perfectly, though overhangs the motherboard and almost interferes with the HDD temp sensor connector.
» PSU fit and the wires reached their respective places on motherboard.
» Yes, it had that bulkhead shown above to support 10 pci slots! I removed it to put in the orange fan, didn't put back.
» The whole thing is made of 12 or 10ga sheetmetal held together with tiny HDD screws.
» Giant black wires running all over the place is the way-too-long SFF-SATA breakout cables from the RAID card.
» 120mm fan originally from TS140 case is attached through the unused PCI slots at bottom left. Small 60mm fan not currently used; no extra fan connectors for it.


Inside Front View:
» The cage has 3 sata power connectors at far left; I'm using two sata power connectors from one loom and one from the other.
» I replaced the OE fan with a longer life model.
» Four sata connectors from the SFF breakout cable.
» Gray IDE-like wires feed front panel LEDs.
» SSD thrown in & held with 1 screw.
» Original dual USB3.0 "tray" modded to work with the shown steel tray with rubber mount screws for HDD bay.
» HDD bay slides out as assembly using 4 slotted screw mounts and the HDD cage I bought is fitted in this.
» Blank holes in the front panel were for additional switches and at far right, there was a DIN cable.
» The fan was bigger than the recess which fits OEM 120mm fans perfectly, so it's just wedged in.
» Using an ohmmeter with the original case's switch and LEDs, I made the push-button power and LEDs on this case work.
» Removing the DIN socket and cable required almost complete disassembly of the front of the case. The handles are ridiculously over engineered.


Front panel:
» Door originally has 1/8"+ thick smoked acrylic window but I removed it for more airflow.
» Didn't bother doing anything special for the USB3 ports. It booted the OS install thumbdrive. Yaay.
» Fwiw, USB3 drive in USB3 port is fast enough that live-CD is worth considering.
» Reset button in top left is all the Lenovo TS140 uses.

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