I recently purchased an HP n54l microserver. Following this post, I’ll be writing about how I’ve set it up and configured it. But to start, I thought I’d write about the drives I’m putting inside it. The n54l comes with one 250Gb hard drive which I’ve placed in the 5.25″ bay to be used as the boot drive. For data, I purchased these four Toshiba Hard drives from Dabs, for £75.
The drives I purchased were Toshiba Stor.e Canvio 3TB USB 3 HDWC130EW3J1 drives. Oddly, it was cheaper to buy external drives than just an internal SATA drive.
For anyone interested in the Canvio for the drives inside, rather than the enclosure, read on. The drives are marked Toshiba and Hitachi. The 3.5″ hard drive division of Hitachi was sold to Toshiba in 2012, so the drives are probably Hitachi and branded with Toshiba. They are rated ‘5V 430mA . 12V 350mA’. SATA 6Gb/s, manufactured September 2012. Everything else is as expected.
The enclosures were not easy to get into. Plastic tabs firmly hold the white top and plastic bottom together. I don’t think any of the drives were removed without breaking at least one of these tabs. Fortunately the drives themselves were undamaged and the enclosures can still be used; even if the don’t quite close completely now.