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Building a microserver

April 7, 2013

A couple of months ago I bought a HP Proliant Microserver N54L. I had contemplated buying the original model, N40L, when it was on sale for $200 two years ago but could never justify it. I had plenty of storage at the time. However, as time passed, my storage needs was getting out of hand. I had stored all my movies on the 2TB time capsule, 1.5TB external for a bunch of TV shows. Then there’s storing random stuff locally and/or on other networked computers.

It was a mess.

It also meant that my Apple TV running XBMC could not easily connect to the various shared drives.

So when HP announced the N54L and it was on sale for $300, I jumped at the opportunity.

N54L

N54L inside

 

After having it for around one month, I finally decided to buy the harddrives. I settled by 4x3TB WD Reds. I didn’t want to have to think about the potential for Greens to fail on me so I bit the bullet and paid the premium.

Also got myself 16gb of ram. You can find the model number in the pics below.

N54L and parts

 

16gb G-Skill Ram

Getting the mobo out was a bit tricky, it meant having to be a bit forceful with the cables. Eventually I got it out and plugged in my ram.

N54L mobo

 

The harddrives were really easy to install. The Microserver also comes with an internal usb port, so I bought a high speed USB and booted Freenas off it.

A pretty great setup if I say so myself.

So now my microserver hosts all my media files and does all the torrenting too!

It has an additional 5.25″ bay that I could potentially fit 2 more harddrives in. As of now, I still have 4.55TB remaining out of the usable 9TB (3TB used for parity) that should last me a few years I hope.

 

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2 Comments
  1. Dilson Augusto Catoi permalink

    Hi,
    I have the same N40L and have 2x4GB Kingston, the spec tech this is only 8GB.
    The N56L as the same, but realy use this 16GB?
    The system recognized 16GB?

    Thx,

    Dilson.

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