[MAKE] Xserve SSD cable

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by allenpan, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. allenpan, Jul 31, 2017
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2017

    allenpan macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    i am in the process of making the Xserve LIF SSD connector cable for use with regular SATA SSD

    i can make few more if anyone interested, i got the pin mapped, i just need to make them

    the Xserve use 1.27mm 2x8pin SMD header

    --- Post Merged, Jul 31, 2017 ---

    1) [DONE] Prototype works!

    Note: the pin header does provide 3.3V & 5V !!!, but some filer need it

    2) going to order single piece 7+15 female and create PCB for this

    3) going to get SATA to mSATA adapter!
  2. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

    Flint Ironstag

    Dec 1, 2013
    Houston, TX USA
    Nice work! Bet you could shift a few of these kits on eBay.
  3. XserveJunkie macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2017
    Finally!!! Someone actually did it!
    I just got the Xserve and find it's too restricted when it came to which SSD we can use.

    I have the Samsung 850 EVO 1TB currently in the optical drive bay (not bootable) because of Xserve restriction, but everything else works.

    I would like to move the Samsung over to the 1.27mm 2x8 pin SMD and make it bootable.

    I'd prefer no board but only straight cable- one end plugs directly into the SSD sata interface to the SMD header to save space. And then use heat shrink tubing on the SMD end for a clean look.

    I'd be willing to buy one from you if you can make one or if not, can you provide schematics? Thanks
  4. allenpan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011
    I am waiting for my pcb machine to arrive and to test my schematic/pcb

    The reason I choose Malta with adapter board due to the packaging size, 2.5" SATA is too big to fit into the original slot.

    While msata with adapter board comes very lose to 1.8"

    Yes by design of my pcb/cable you can use 2.5" sata SSD but I don't think you will be able to leave it in that location

    Wtb, I am unable to get any of my SSD (2.5") recognized properly with the optical bay,,, wonder how u got it working...

    I tried the following in the optical bay: OCZ Agility 480GB, Hynix 512GB

    Last, due to only 2x pcie slots I am also trying to make an external pcie multiplexor board to expand the pcie slots, will upload some progress when I got more time
  5. XserveJunkie macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2017
    Hey thanks for the response.

    I may be even thinking about buying 3 module blanks, and running a Y cable from middle and right module all the way to the optical sata interface for third party storage (non-bootable).

    Considering what you said about 2.5" not fitting, Ill move it into the left module and run a sata cable to the 2x8 SMD for booting the Samsung 1TB. I'll have to look again to see if the inner frame would even allow running the sata cables.

    For the optical drive bay, I used the OWC Data Doubler found here:

    For the PCIE I have a riser cable running out the back from the outermost slot to drive my EVGA GeForce 970 (Maxwell) with an external power supply. Unfortunately, since the Apple SSD is booting 10.8.3, leaving that card in results in a boot loop and drivers for that card won't install unless I upgrade to at least 10.10. Meantime, I won't be installing/updating anything until I can boot the Samsung 1TB to 10.11 and keep the stock SSD as it is as 10.12 is unsupported on 2009 Xserves.

    Let me know on the progress of the adapter you're building. Just a thought, wouldn't it be cheaper to just build the adapter around a sata cable than PCB?

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