[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?
  6. TheRacerMaster macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2012
    Are you still working on this? I'm interested in purchasing one for my Xserve.
  7. allenpan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2011

    i should have a sample batch mid/end of Jan, buzz me again in mid of Jan
  8. hobowankenobi macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2015
    on the land line mr. smith.
    Nice work.

    I just added an SSD to the first bay, and was able to get it reasonably secure while being creative.

    The down sides: giving up a bay, and having the single point of failure (no RAID on boot SSD).

    I had to HDs mirrored in the other two bays.

    Your adapter allowing a 4th internal drive is taking it to another level.
  9. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    This is a nice design, looking forward to it becoming available.
  10. adam9c1 macrumors 68000


    May 2, 2012
    i've only worked with one xServe running Lion Server.
    Can you explain the significance of this?
  11. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The 2009 Xserve has an optional SSD that can be installed and it uses a unique little SSD port. It uses an expensive little cable and an uncommon, slow, and small SSD of 128GB. This will allow you to use any mSATA SSD with the internal SSD port in the Xserve.
  12. vinco2 macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2018
    To save space , what do you think of making a mSata board with a cable ending with 2x8pin SMD female ?
  13. linuxjackie macrumors newbie

    Mar 13, 2018
    Hello , can you share how to diy?
    I live in HK, afraid the freight will very expensive, so better do it myself !
  14. XserveJunkie macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2017
    Any progress?

Share This Page