Published at 6:12AM on the 23rd of May, 2011 | Author: Timothy Harding

Belated Upgrades

Just a few months ago I decided I was tired of Server 2003, a noisy power supply with questionable voltage regulation, and suboptimal OS response time during heavy usage. During a special I picked up a Kingston 64GB SSD, Zalman PSU, and a new scratch drive (160GB 2.5 inch). The following is a before picture of the server's innards, and of my lack of effort to keep them in an orderly condition.

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Upon receiving my package I noticed something peculiar about the SSD's shipping box. See if you can make heads or tails of the below:

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Well, now that the shipping box has been voided... I mounted the drive to my 3.5" to 2.5" converter along with the 160GB 7200 RPM drive. These adaptors have been coming down in price lately due to the smattering of new SSDs being released (almost all of which are in the 2.5" form factor). This particular unit wasn't the best purchase, as the drives must be mounted and removed in a specific order, and it shipped with an absence of screws. Thankfully I keep a cache of computer screws handy, so it wasn't a disaster.

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All put together the upgraded machine looks about the same. I was able to find a rounded PATA cable for the CD rom, but it is offset by the ball of SATA cabling coming from the motherboard. One is of the locking type, and the other is standard. I have come to really appreciate the higher priced locking cables as maneuvering around is always more difficult when you continually knock out harddrive cables.

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I ran HD Tach on the new SSD. My version of HD Tach is not made to work with Server 2008, so I had to run it in compatibility mode. I am not sure if this affects the results, but I figured I should disclose that information.

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Thanks for reading :)
Tags: benchmark, HD Tach, server, SSD
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