[rescue] Sun machines supporting half-height hard drives

Andrew Weiss ajwdsp at cloud9.net
Wed May 4 23:52:49 CDT 2005

On May 3, 2005, at 5:57 PM, Jonathan C. Patschke wrote:
> And I've run every U1 I owned in that configuration, five of them  
> or so.
> A HH drive fit fine in the lower bay, and a LP in the upper bay.  I
> realize that's not Sun-recommended or supported, but it worked for me,
> By far the most ghetto Sun disk thing I ever did was when I needed  
> a box
> "yesterday" at work one time to test a critical software upgrade.   
> All I
> had was a pile of disks in Dell trays and an E250.  I put the E250  
> on its
> side, pulled the disks out of their trays, and used packing-peanuts to
> keep them horzontal in the drive cage.
> The stuff you have to pull sometimes...
Well you did take a bit of risk... don't packing peanuts carry static  

I did something similar with my Gateway NS8000 fileserver for over a  
year. (maybe 2)  I'm too cheap to buy rails at $25 a pop (the  
original unit was never configured to use the hot swap bays) ...  
especially since I pulled the machine out of a dumpster in NYC.  I  
just used cut up squares of cardboard and a wooden block in the  
bottom to space the drives and hold them horizontal in the hot swap  


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