I recently acquired a Dell R410. It was a bare system, and although it came with the front bezel and a key, it didn’t have any processors, RAM, heat sinks, drives, or drive caddies.
Processors: I already had a pair of these, although low spec, they were not going to cost me anything.
RAM: I had 32Gb of EEC registered memory, again this would do for now.
Drives: I had a Buffalo Terastation ts-rxl which I had upgraded to 4x 6TB WD RED drives in raid 10. So these were going to be relocated.
Off to eBay to order some drive caddies and heat sinks.
The caddies arrived very quickly, but i couldn’t do anything with them until the heat sinks turned up.
The plan was to use the four removable drive bays in raid 5, but I needed somewhere to install the OS.
While I waited i came up with a plan! Install the Memory, Processors and find space for two additional drives!
As you can see, I butchered the internal wiring to add an additional two SATA power connectors. Luckily the Dell R410 uses standard colour codes so i could simply cut and solder the cable in. The motherboard also has onboard sata ports, which I could connect the drives to. The Front drives would be connected to the RAID controller and Laptop HDD’s fit on top of the 3.5 drive bays. JUST. Once the cables were soldered and taped, the drives installed, I double checked I could replace the cover. CHECK!
Adding the Processors and RAM.
I wanted to Install Windows Server on the SSD and then use the other laptop HDD for other services that I run internally, like WDS.
Additional drives added, now for RAM and Processor Installation.
The following day the heat sinks arrived so I could crack on, get Windows Sever 2016 installed and start setting this up to become my server and media backup.
At this point I wasn’t aware the Dell R410 uses a proprietary heat sink.
Back to eBay to order some OEM heat sinks.
Happily they arrived the following day!
Now we’re cooking.
Once windows was installed I done used Microsoft’s Disk2VHD to take a backup of the old R200.
I now had a fully working Dell R410 with no drives in the drive bays, but completely operational. Next the main drives needed to be installed.