Hard Drives for Xserve 1,1

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by cmcconkey, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. cmcconkey macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2005
    Rocky Face, GA
    I am looking to upgrade the hard drives that are on my two Xserve 1,1 and I would like to know if there is a maximum hard drive size that they would recognize. I am looking at 2TB hard drive to drop in to both of them.

    If someone would let me know if these would work I would appreciate it.

  2. DJLC macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2005
    North Carolina
  3. onecajun macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2011
    Houma LA
    G5 Drive size

    IF it is a G5 2 tb will work.
    Use a Hitachi or seagate drive
  4. warragul macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2016
    Melbourne, Australia
    If they are SAS drives you'll be OK but the Xserve 1,1 is stuck at SATA 1.5GBs which means that later 6GBs drives probably won't work. Even some SATA 1.5 drives won't work, in my experience.
    I tried a couple of SSDs in mine with no joy. The maker, Kingston, said that there was no way to negiotiate the slower speed.
  5. warragul macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2016
    Melbourne, Australia
    I've just bought a couple of PCIe cards from SEDNA (they have an online shop) which will mount a 2.5" SATA drive in one case and a pair of mSATA SSDs in the other. I think the SATA-mounting model is the most interesting. Yes, it works with OSX Server and (I haven't tested it) will probably boot OSX (Startup PrefPane thinks so). This is a very fast interface compared with SAS and probably much, much cheaper per Gig as well. It support drives up to 2TB.

    Google "sedna pcie 6g" - New Egg stock them.

    There's a SATA 6 connector on the end of the card but I can't work out if this is an alternate access to the drive (Wahoo! Dual pathing!) or a daisy-chan for another drive. Daily Motion's YouTube vid shows a standard SATA power connector next to the data connector but mine just has the artwork and the solder pads. Austerity model? :)

    I have been using a USB3 card with problematic (patched) drivers to add external fast, bulk storage to the Xserve but with no guarantee of speed. This seems to be even faster at the cost of some flexibility.

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