What's in your server? RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • Just wondering what people have under the hood?

    My Server:
    AMD Athlon XP 3000
    2GB Crucial PC3200
    4 WD 250GB HDD's

    Sunday, March 18, 2007 11:32 PM

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  • My Server:

    AMD Athlon XP 2000+ (Palamino Core, 266FSB)
    ECS K7S5A
    512mb DDR-266
    80gb Samsung Spinpoint
    Radeon 7500 (hey, it works :))
    Netgear FA311 (just for testing)

    Might end up shifting to a cheap S754 Setup, for the extra IDE/SATA Channels. That and a new/bigger case.

    Monday, March 19, 2007 1:53 AM
  • My  former doorstop:

    PIII 1Ghz
    512 PC100
    Belkin SATA150 PCI
    2 x 320GB WDSATA
    Nvidia VGA Adapter (can't recall model- installed this old coaster in place of AIW9700pro to reduce heat/power loads)

    I was pleasantly surprised to find no perceptible performance hits using such minimal hardware.  Even during backups the system shares music with other network stations with no lag issues, etc.

    Monday, March 19, 2007 3:47 AM
  • AMD Athlon X2 4400+ (Toledo Core)
    Foxcon 6150K8MA (Micro ATX)
    4 x Patriot 512MB PC3200 RAM
    4X WD Caviar SE16 500GB Hard Drives
    Athena Power 3x5.25 4 slot SATA back plane drive cage
    Athenatech MicroATX Mini Tower w/400 Watt supply
    Intel 1000/Pro PCI

    All from Newegg.com.  The system looks like HP's OEM unit all self contained with hotswap drives.  It is quiet and just works great.  Onboard VGA since I don't need anything powerfull.  1.82TB of storage, dual core with 2GB of memory.

    I loaded it up with an External DVD/RW thru USB and didn't have a lick of problems.  I can't wait for the final release, so far WHS is an awsom product.  If it wern't for my home Exchange server I have running, I would dump my AD/Exchange and just run the WHS.

    Monday, March 19, 2007 3:48 AM
  • My Home Server:

    Shuttle SS51G (http://eu.shuttle.com/archive/en/ss51g.htm#ss51g) with FS51 Mobo (http://eu.shuttle.com/archive/en/fs51.htm#mainboardfs5)
    Intel Celeron 1.7 GHz
    Encore ENLADP-402 2x SATA, 4x USB PCI Adapter (http://www.newegg.com/product/product.asp?item=N82E16815153004)
    512 MB G.Skill PC3200
    80 GB WD PATA
    4x 500gb LaCie External "Design by FA Porche" drives (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8188025&st=lacie+500&lp=3&type=product&cp=1&id=1164155963846)

    Monday, March 19, 2007 4:03 AM
  • I'm using a Dell GX150...

    PIII 933
    512MB SDram
    Onboard IDE
    Promise Ultra 66 IDE
    2 80G WD drives
    200G Segate drive
    Onboard Video

    I've not noticed any performance difficulty.  Works quite well... (and very quiet :)
    Monday, March 19, 2007 10:31 AM
  • This is the first time I have built  a PC of any description:

    Asus Pundit P3-PH4 with 1GB RAM

    Intel Pentium D 820 (2.8GHz)

    Asus Quiet Track DVD ROM

    Hitachi Deskstar 500GB SATA-II

    Western Digital 250GB SATA-II

    Everything went together really well and installing WHS was straight forward.

    Monday, March 19, 2007 11:41 AM
  • My Server:

    Intel P4 3.0GhZ

    1.5 Gigs of Ram

    1 150 GB WD Internal HDD

    1 150 GB Seagate External HDD


    Monday, March 19, 2007 1:20 PM
  • Asus p4t-533C

    3.06 GHz HT P4 

    1 GB RD-RAM

    1 80 GB Maxtor PATA Primary

    1 500 GB Seagate SATA Secondary

    1 intel Gbit LAN PCI

    1 Adaptec 2940UW PCI

    1 DLT 40/80

    1 LG DVD ROM

    Have read about the problems with tape drives/ NT Backup so I have not yet explored that part of it.  If I can't use NT Backup, I might use backup exec 10d that I have left over from another system.

    has anyone tried that?


    Monday, March 19, 2007 2:25 PM
  • Mine's the guts of an MCE upgrade I was planning until I remembered that my Silverstone HTPC case doesn't have a PCI-E riser

    • DFI Lanparty M-ATX with ATI R200 chipset
    • Athlon 64 3200+
    • 2GB DDR RAM (Elixir)
    • 2 x 160GB and 1 x 250GB SATA drives
    • LG DVD-ROM

    I got a cheap M-ATX case to throw it all in and bedecked it with quiet fans.  It runs happily and (thankfully) very quietly in my lounge, sharing my files, music and printers and giving me a nice half a terabyte of storage.

    Monday, March 19, 2007 2:43 PM
  • Dell PowerEdge 840

    Dual Core 915 Processor, 2x2MB Cache, 2.8 GHz, Pentium D, 533MHz FSB
    2 GB DDR, 553MHz
    2 160GB, SATA 7200RPM

    Monday, March 19, 2007 2:56 PM
  • AMD Athlon XP 3000
    512 MB Generic PC3200
    MSI KT6V
    2 80GB WD IDE
    1 40GB Seagate IDE
    1 120GB WD IDE
    1 Samsung DVD-RW
    Good old floppy just for fun!
    3com Etherlink 905c tx - i hate onboard lan

    Possible additions

    Highpoint Rocket 133sb IDE controller
    2  250GB Seagate IDE
    2 250GB Seagate SATA
    512MB PC3200
    Monday, March 19, 2007 4:19 PM
  • 2.4Ghz Pentium 4
    2.5GB RAM
    4x 250GB Western Digital 7200RPM dirves
    Dual BroadCom Gigabit Ethernet NIC's

    Used a USB 2.0 DVD drive to install Windows Home Server.

    This actually used to be a Adaptec SnapServer 4500.

    Monday, March 19, 2007 4:25 PM
  • I have

    Asus P4S800D-E with P4 2.8B
    2 x 256mb DDR memory
    ATI 9200
    Highpoint RocketRaid 133
    Promise TX4
    3 x 500g WD SATA
    2 x 320g WD SATA
    1 x 300g WD PATA
    6 x 200g WD PATA
    Seasonic 430w PSU

    Will probably change to a Corsir 620w PSU

    Monday, March 19, 2007 5:42 PM
  • p4 2.4ghz
    2 gig pc2700 ddr
    1 x 120 gig hd
    1 x 200 gig hd
    Radeon 9800 Pro
    Gigabit lan
    nec dvdrw

    Monday, March 19, 2007 5:54 PM
  • Dell GX260 (P4 2.8GHz)

    1GB RAM

    120 GB Internal

    100 GB Internal

    500 GB External

    600 GB External


    I have another 5 250 GB drives I'll be adding once the product goes gold

    Monday, March 19, 2007 6:29 PM
  • How much of a pain was it to get the highpoint to run..i've had a ton of problems finding drivers for mine.  The only driver i have is for w2k.
    Monday, March 19, 2007 6:40 PM
  • Athlon XP 2600+

    1GB RAM

    4* 120GB HDD on a Secondary IDE Controller

    2* 80 GB HDD (one as System Disc)

    1* DVD-ROM

    GeForce 4200TI AGP

    Fritz! DSL (ISDN + DSL) but inactive at this time

    on a Socket A Board with a VIA Chipset

    Monday, March 19, 2007 9:04 PM
  •  BrianH33 wrote:

    I have

    Asus P4S800D-E with P4 2.8B
    2 x 256mb DDR memory
    ATI 9200
    Highpoint RocketRaid 133
    Promise TX4
    3 x 500g WD SATA
    2 x 320g WD SATA
    1 x 300g WD PATA
    6 x 200g WD PATA
    Seasonic 430w PSU

    Will probably change to a Corsir 620w PSU


    Dude thats just sick!

    Duron 1.6ghz

    512 DDR266

    320 gb maxtor IDE, 250gb maxtor IDE, 60 gb maxtor IDE


    PCChips M811LU (i think, its the only socket A i could find)

    Monday, March 19, 2007 9:05 PM
  • ECS LM7???? mATX
    Onboard Vid/Lan/Sound

    300W Aopen power supply

    AMD Athlon XP 2000+

    512 Mb DDR 266

    Pioneer DVD Rom

    WD 40GB PATA  (x6)





    Monday, March 19, 2007 9:40 PM
  • This is awesome to read! :-)
    Monday, March 19, 2007 9:58 PM
  • An ever so tiny (a little bigger than a Mac mini) Acer Aspire L310 w/Celeron D 352 (3.2GHz) 512MB, Gigbit ethernet, slot loading DVD and a 160GB internal HD.
    Monday, March 19, 2007 11:35 PM
  • Mine:-

    Old Mini tower case
    350w enermax ps
    Asus P4b, 2Ghz P4 Celeron
    768MB ram
    Nvidia Riva tnt2  Model 64 pro
    4 Port USB 2.0 adapter
    1Gb ethernet
    Highpoint Rocket Raid 454  (non-raid on drives)
    6 * 250GB HD (pata) - on rocketraid
    2 * 320GB HD (pata) - on motherboard
    1 * 120GB HD (pata) Boot
    no floppy
    no dvd
    APC Smart UPS 1500 (usb connection)

    Only have room for 2 more Hard Drives!
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 12:39 AM
  • My Server

    Case from a Dell gx280

    MB from a Dell gx260

    cpu out of a old Systemax p4 1.6

    1 gig Kingston ddr2 memory

    3 WD hd 320g, 250g, 160g

    Dell dvdrom

    Dell Optiplex systems are really easy to work on.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 1:09 AM
  • AMD Athlon XP 2200+
    512MB PC2700 DDR RAM
    300GB HD


    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 1:21 AM
  • AMD Athlon64 2800+ s754 (1.8ghz stock OC'd to 2.2ghz)
    1.5GB DDR400 RAM
    2x 80GB HDD's in RAID 0
    Radeon 9800PRO
    Enermax 460w PSU
    ECS 755-A2

    AMD K6-2 (200mhz OC'd to 333mhz)
    320mb PC100 SDRAM
    20gb HDD
    450w Generic PSU
    Radeon 7500 (with tv ports :D)
    Some ancient MSI motherboard which i have yet to identify....

    The K6 runs like a champ
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 2:56 AM
  • My "almost" complete server....

    AMD Athlon AM2 3000
    512mb Generic 667 RAM
    1 x 40gb HDD
    1 x 250gb HDD


    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 3:14 AM
  • 11 (or so) year old  Intel slot one with a 1.4 Evergreen add in processor (remember those?)

    1 Gig of SDRAM (100).

    It runs quite nicely if I do say so.

    1-250 Gig and 1-80 Gig drive.

    Add in USB 2 card.



    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 3:17 AM
  • My server:

    AMD Athlon 1200MHz
    2x512MB PC100 SDRAM
    DFI AK75-EC Motherboard
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm HDD (2MB cache) (PATA Pri-Master)
    Matrox Millenium G2 PCI Video Card (who cares, it's a headless server)
    No-name Realtek 8139 100Base-TX NIC
    Lite-on 16x DVD-ROM Drive (PATA Sec-Master)

    And I'm about to start experimenting with an external USB PATA drive (it's only 10GB, but I'm only testing).

    Not as impressive as some, but it's more than enough for testing. And hey, if I end up using this after it goes gold... I'll pimp it!


    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 5:41 AM
  • Antec Sonata Case - Ebony Black
    Antec 350W PSU
    P4 3.2 GHz
    2 GB DDR RAM
    ATI Radeon 7000 AGP Video
    2 x Seagate 300 GB, 7200 RPM, 16 MB buffer HDD's [both set to cable select off the primary IDE]
    2 x Hot Swap Cages - Kingwin Black **Great buy at 18 dollars each**
    1 x Sony DVD Burner [Secondary Master]
    1 x 3.5 Floppy
    1 x 3.5 bay media reader w/custom icons for each media type
    1 x Adaptec USB 2.0/1394 Firewire Controller added for BETA test
    1 x 3COM GB Server NIC
    1 x APC 1500 Watt UPS [W2K3's Power Management used to manage controlled shutdown]

    For now, the server is connected to an LCD, KB and Mouse; however, the server's BIOS is set to allow it to run as a headless appliance.  The server was purpose built for the WHS BETA program.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 7:46 AM
  • Old PC I had lying around;


    Pentium 4, 2.4GHz

    512MB memory

    1 x 30GB IDE

    1 x 18GB IDE - one plan it to see how easy it is to replace this later

    Nvida GeForce FX5900

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:49 AM
  • Dell GX520
    P4 2.4
    512mb DDR2
    40gb SATA

    Will probably custom build something out of bits lying around when I get time
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 1:53 PM
  • Hello,

    I'm using an old DELL GX260. I only replaced the 20Go HD by a 160Go and the CD drive by a DVD burner.

    I added 512Mb of memory so my WHS have 768Mb.

    WHS works perfectly without any external driver. The sound card is not recognized but I disabled it.


    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 3:19 PM
  • hello, whats in my server

    P4 2.66

    1Gig Ram

    1 250gb ide

    1 160gb ide

    1 80gb ide

    Dvd drives taken out.

    i would have put more drives in, but as backup won't work for me there seems to be little point. If backup worked i was planning on adding 2 x 500gb.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 5:31 PM
  • My Frankenserver:

    • abit KN9 mobo (Socket AM2, nVidia Gigabit ethernet)
    • Athlon 64 X2 5200+ (2.6 GHz)
    • 2 x 512MB Corsair DDR2 800 RAM (PC2 6400)
    • 2 x 500 GB Seagate Barracudas (7,200 RPM - SATA 3.0 Gb/s)
    • Maxtor 250GB external USB 2 drive 
    • Lite-on 20x DVD/CD Burner (salvaged from old MCE box) 
    • ATI Radeon X300 PCI-e (also from old MCE box)
    • Xion II XON-101 Mid Tower Case

    Install was totally painless.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 5:34 PM
    • AMD Athlon Barton 2500+ cpu with CoolerMaster Jet 7 HSF
    • ABit KV7 motherboard
    • 1GB Corsair DDR400 RAM
    • Sapphire ATi Rage Pro 128 32MB GFX (so it's headless, why waste MBs?)
    • 160GB Seagate Barracuda ATA HDD
    • Liteon 48x DVD-Rom
    • Thermaltake  420W Silent Purepower PSU

    Or it will be when I've swapped the GFX out from my 2nd Desktop with a 128MB 9200.  Since it's going to be headless I see no reason for for it to have better graphics.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 7:10 PM
  • @dave87: Have you got your FA311 running OK?  I can't find drivers that my install likes...


    My Server:

    Dell Precision 340,

    1.5 GHz P4

    768 MB RAM (RIMM)

    2 x 300 GB Samsung ('cos they're quiet)

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:19 PM
  • I think I have a very Thin Home Server!

    I want my Home Server to be very small and low-power...how far can you go?

    HP t5700 Thin Client

    1GHz Transmeta Crusoe TM8500

    512Mb RAM

    120Gb 2,5" Harddrive in the box (no flash memory)

    75Gb USB harddrive.

    And no problems it works to my surprise :-)

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:24 PM
  • Runs like a dream

    Intel P4 2.6GHz HT
    1GB RAM
    ATI Radeon 9200
    NEC AD7170A 18x18 DVD±RW Dual Layer ReWriter
    Western Digital Raptor 36GB WD360ADFD 10,000RPM SATA 16MB Cache (Bit of a mistake on the main system drive going to be relaced with drive below)
    Maxtor Diamondmax +10 6B200M0 200GB SATA 8MB Cache

    Adaptec AAR-1420SA Serial ATA HostRAID Controller
    Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 NCQ 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
    Samsung SpinPoint T HD321KJ 320GB SATA-II 16MB Cache
    Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB ST3320620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache
    Maxtor Diamondmax 21 320GB STM3320620AS SATA-II 16MB Cache

    All housed in
    Arctic Cooling T1 Pro Case w/ 500 Watt AX500-F Active PFC
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 8:31 PM
  • Intel 845 Motherboard
    Intel P4 2.4GHZ
    1GB Ram
    Promise SATA 300 TX4
    Icy Dock 5 Port Enclosure
    3 x Seagate 250GB SATA 3.0 Drives
    Floppy(to load Promise drivers)
    550W Rosewill PSU
    Intel Pro 1000 NIC
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:03 PM

    Pentium M 1.8Ghz

    MSI 915GM Speedster-FA4R

    512MB DDR 400

    100GB HD


    Highpoint RocketRaid 464

    3 x 200 GB HD

    2 x 250 GB HD

    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 9:20 PM
  • Via c3 700, 512 ram, 120 gig seagate.
    Tuesday, March 20, 2007 10:55 PM

    CPU AMD|A64 X2 3600+ AM2 1.9G 65N

    MEM 1G|PATRIOT DII800 PSD21G8002 R




    HD 320G|ST 7K 16M SATA2 ST3320620AS

    I wanted a mobo with an integrated graphics adaptor.  Works just fine.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 1:32 AM
  • P3 600 mHz ,

    PNY PC100/133 ram 256x2=512,

    Lite-On DVD/DL/CDR/W drive,

    Seagate Baracuda 200 gig ATA-133 drive (primary)

    Seagate Baracuda 80 gig (secondary-for WHS backups)

    Mobo-GCT Supertek P3VFA (circa 2000-2001?),

    New 10/100 D-link Ethernet card,

    Unknown vid card (old as the mobo and does not really matter. It's headless anyway..LOL),

    Removed sound card and modem to prevent conflicts.

    Connected to a Linksys WRT54G v6.0 gateway/router. Using the Linksys DNS forwarding via the built in DDNS feature and a free account with www.dyndns.com for remote access. Could not be any easier!

    Full size, generic ATX case with one exiting Vantec Stealth case fan. Nice and quite. Minimal power consumption. May put it in the basement or closet if it continues to work dependably..... 

    Honestly, it works great with this old minimal setup. No lag or issues. Now, once it runs for a spell, I may invest in newer mobo, chip, ram and some sata's.  But for now, it cruises just fine for my needs.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 2:43 AM
  • Cheap Rosewill case with added front fan for HDD longevity

    D865GSA Intel MoBo

    Pentium-D Presler 2.8Ghz

    512Mb Corsair Econo RAM

    WD 250Gb SATA

    WD 500Gb SATA

    Old & slow DVD-RW

    550Va CyberPower UPS


    Coming from Newegg this week:

    Rosewill SATA adaptor PCI card

    WD 500Gb SATA


    It lives in a under the house storage area. Retired an 800Mhz PII XPhome box that was a kludged together home server. Ever in beta form WHS is way better than my old Frankenstein.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 4:31 AM
  • CPU: Athlon 1800+

    Motherboard: K7N266-VM (Nforce1 based)

    Ram: 768meg 266mhz ddr

    Network card: D-link DGE-530T Gigabit Ethernet Adapter

    Primary drive: Samsung 80gig pata

    Secondary: Seagate 200gig pata

    Third: Seagate 400gig pata

    Fourth: Lite-on DVDRW


    notes: you shoulden't use nforce1 boards for WHS, as nVidia never produced windows 2003 drivers for it.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 5:29 AM
  •  Traacer wrote:
    How much of a pain was it to get the highpoint to run..i've had a ton of problems finding drivers for mine.  The only driver i have is for w2k.

    No it was not, Highpoint (and Promise as well) had drivers for Win 2003. I took this to be Win 2003 server. I downloaded and installed them. No problem.

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007 4:40 PM
  • I've not had much luck so far!

    I had an old twin PIII-768 with 1.25 GB RAM I was pleased to find a use for, but when I hit problems during install discovered that the BIOS has a drive size limit of 128GB, so only saw half the new HDD I'd got for it. Couldn't find an upgrade anywhere.

    No matter, I had a P4 2GHz machine with 512MB RAM I'd not used for a while. Fine for 30 seconds, then locked solid. Every time. Changed everything except the board and processor.

    Third time unlucky, an old AMD 1.2 GHz machine with 1GB RAM. Did absolutely nothing except power up the drives - not even a waggle on the graphics line.

    So... looks like a trip to the local computer fair on Sunday....

    I was kinda tempted by one of Dell's cheap server deals, but I already have one decent one, running a couple of virtual servers, and as WHS will only be with us in this form for a little while, it seemed a bit overkill - especially as my main PC is an x64 box and so won't be participating.

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:23 AM
  • My Server:

    AMD 64 3400

    2GB Ram

    2 WD 200GB HDD's

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 12:39 AM
  • I revived some older hardware for the beta program and it has been stable and working well for my needs. I see many people are using fairly high powered hardware for their server but for basic file sharing and backup for 2 users my old dusty parts seem to be up to the task.

    The server consists of a 1.2ghz Celeron on a Soyo 7VBA133U board with 512Mb ram.

    The main system drive is a 40GB UDMA5 Maxtor drive, and then I added 2 250GB WD SATA drives (dirt cheap!) via Siig raid controller after the install. The controller only supports SATA 1.5.

    The lan nics for the server and main desktop machine  are DLink DGE530T gigabit adapters connected via DLink DGS1005D switch. By the way this switch is supposed to support jumbo frames, but actually my version apparently does not after experimentation.

    Both server and main desktop are multi-homed in an frutile effort to improve network speed. No gateway is specified for either gigabit adapter.

    The WAN nics are basic 10/100 cards.

    Two other machines are connected via 54Mbs wireless links through a Netgear WGT300N router. One is an old HP desktop tucked away in a downstairs spare bedroom and the other is an HP notebook.

    All machines are running XP home and all have backed up on schedule without error for the past 2 weeks.

    I am currently using about 300GB of harddrive space for the backups.

    iPerf is running on the WHS. From the main desktop I can only manage about 210 Mbs via large .zip file transfer requesting a 256k window. I realize my older server hardware influences this but I'd like some feedback on real world home network speeds.

    The desktop is an AMD 64 x2 4200 with 1 GB ram.


    Mark Andereck

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 2:00 AM
  • El Cheapo ASRock motherboard with onboard Video

    AMD 146 processesor

    1 gig of Kingston DDR

    WD 320 Harddrive x 2

    elcheapo case and Powersupply.

    now I just need to purchase a Battery Backup

    Thursday, March 22, 2007 3:02 PM
  • P4 2.67GHz

    512 MB

    on board Gigabit Ethernet

    6 hard drives (4 PATA & 2 SATA - all supported from the motherboard with very nice drive mounting system that allows three of the drives to mount vertically for better heat disapation)

    2 x 250 GB Maxtor PATA

    1 x 200 GB Hitachi PATA

    2 x 160 GB Seagate SATA

    1 x 120 GB Seagate PATA

    everything disabled in BIOS that isn't needed e.g. PS/2 ports, serial, parallel.

    Three fans (power supply, CPU and case) that are all thermostatically controlled.

    I also have a HP ML310 G1 system that will work just as well, or better, but I didn't get it until after I had installed WHS on the HP D530 CMT and I didn't want to start from scratch.

    Friday, March 23, 2007 3:13 PM
  • Mine's a dual-P3 700MHz, on a Gigabyte GA-6BXD (440BX chipset) motherboard.
    512Mb RAM
    DVD rom
    300Gb primary HDD (Seagate Barracuda)
    60Gb HDD (Seagate Barracuda)
    40Gb HDD (Seagate Barracuda)
    20Gb HDD (old Western Digital)
    ...all four IDE drives running on a Promise Ultra 100 TX2 controller.
    USB 2.0 PCI card for external HDDs: 160Gb SATA drive in external enclosure and a 20Gb 2.5" IDE drive, in another enclosure.

    Friday, March 23, 2007 10:18 PM
  • Clone Blackbox PC Case 430 Watt Power Supply

    Asus A7V333 motherboard (Has 4-IDE Ports) with AMD Athlon 2200 XP

    (1) CD/DVD-DL Burner/Reader

    (1)  GIG PC2700 Memory (2x512)

    (1)  300 Gig PATA Hard Drive

    (1)  200 Gig PATA Hard Drive

    (1)  160 Gig PATA Hard Drive

    Works Like a Champ So Far....Thank You,

    James D. McDaniel - Austin

    Friday, March 23, 2007 11:02 PM
  • Resuscitated Compaq Deskpro EXm - 866 MHz PIII, 2 x 256 MB RAM, Sil3112a PCI adapter with 1 x 250 GB SATA drive & Realtek RTL-8169 GBe.

    Probable upgrades - 1GHz PIII (for no other reason that that's the recommended minimum processor - it seems to work fine with the 866), and a second 250 GB SATA drive for redundancy.

    Saturday, March 24, 2007 1:46 PM
  • My old Poweredge 1600sc :

    dual 2.4GHz P4 Xeons
    half GB ram
    4 36GB 10k rpm Cheetah scsi drives

    Saturday, March 24, 2007 2:39 PM
  • OK, quick trip to the computer fair and I ended up with:

    Gigabyte GA-M61PM-S2 (NVIDIA® GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 chipset)
    AMD x2 3800
    1 Gb DDR2 dual channel RAM
    500W EzCool PSU

    Board features:

    On-board VGA
    Gb LAN
    Support for 4 * SATA II
    1 * PATA/133

    I have a new 250Gb and recycled 120 Gb PATA/133 drives already so will start with those, and see how WHS fares.

    (It has lots of other goodies, incl 8 channel and HD audio, PCI Express, obligatory RAID, FireWire etc so should make a fair desktop machine post-beta)

    Sunday, March 25, 2007 9:19 PM
  • Currently...

    • -P4 3.2 GHz
    • -1.5G RAM
    • -300 SATA HDD


    Monday, March 26, 2007 8:10 PM


    Pentium 4   1.7Ghz

    256Mb memory (note, I broke the 512Mb minimum)

    80 Gb primary HD

    400 Gb secondary SATA

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007 1:38 AM
  • Intel 1.6A Northy
    Gigabyte GA-8IEX 845
    2x256MB Corsair XMS DDR 400
    1x40GB Maxtor D740X
    2x500GB Samsung HD501LJ
    Promise SATA300 TX4
    Saphire 9800 Pro
    NEC ND3550A

    One of the Sammy's are going back to Newegg as we speak Sad
    Tuesday, March 27, 2007 4:59 PM
  • AMD Sempron 64 2800+ (Socket 754)

    ECS K8M800-M2 (v3.0) mATX (VSL+R)

    512 Mb DDR-400 Kingston

    160 Gb Seagate SATA II

    Pioneer DVD-R DL

    Slim mATX case w/ 150W PSU


    Connected PCs

    Dell Latitude D400 (Pentium M 1.4GHz, 1Gb, 40Gb, 2200BG mPCI) - April 2006

    Dell Inspiron 8500 (P4M 2.6GHz, 1Gb, 40Gb, 1350BG mPCI) - August 2003

    HP Pavilion N5240 (Celeron 800MHz, 384Mb, 10Gb, Belkin Wireless-G) - March 2001

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007 6:37 PM
  • AMD 3200 , 2.2 Ghz (Barton core)

    (512 + 256 DDR400) * 2 = 1.5 Gbt (Dual Channel)

    Samsung 250 Gbt 16 Mbt SATA (Boot, system)

    Maxtor 200 Gbt 8Mbt PATA

    Maxtor 300 Gbt 16 Mbt PATA

    Tuesday, March 27, 2007 9:03 PM
  • AMD XP 1700+

    ASUS A7N8X MB w/ nforce2 chipsets

    512 DDR400

    Seagate 120GB Hard Dirve

    Nvidia GF4 4200 video

    Generic Floppy

    Memorex 52x DVD



    Will be adding 2 500GB SATA drives soon.




    Wednesday, March 28, 2007 1:50 AM
  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4200+ EE

    Asus M2NPV-VM (Nvidia 6150 integrated)

    2*512 Mo corsair value


    Wednesday, March 28, 2007 9:52 AM
  • My server build (at the moment) will be:


    AMD Sempron 2600+ Socket 754 CPU

    Asrock MATX Mobo

    Antec Aria MATX Cube Case (Brand new, bought specifically for this build)

    1gb RAM

    1x 80gb SATA HDD

    1x 500gb PATA HDD

    1x 500gb SATA HDD


    Hopefully will run OK............. not sure if the CPU is up to streaming video OK (see my thread I started), but should run all other WHS functions OK!

    Wednesday, March 28, 2007 10:09 AM
  • Yea, the FA311 is running fine, I simply used the win2k3 drivers for it (WHS is built on 2003 rather than Vista)
    Wednesday, March 28, 2007 4:23 PM
  • My server:

    Intel Celeron D 346 3.04ghz

    1GB Kingston ValuRAM

    1 Seagate 300gb HDD

    Nvidia GeForce 6600 256mb


    It plays HL2 at full speed


    (you think your servers ar so special)

    Friday, March 30, 2007 1:56 AM
  • Mine is a true headless server

    • Dell PowerVault 715N
    • Pentium III 1GHz
    • 1 GB PC133 SDRAM (2x Kingston KVR133X64C3/512)
    • 4 60GB Maxtor Drives (will be replaced if I get the RTM bits. If I was replacing them today I'd start with 2 Seagate ST3500630A drives)

    I actually ran the install on an AOpen AX34 II and then moved HD 0 because the PowerVault lacks the nessasary I/O to run the install.

    Friday, March 30, 2007 2:25 AM
  • Pentium 4 - 2.0 GHZ/512/400/1.5V SL5YR MALAY

    SiS 650

    2 x 1 GB PC2700 333MHz DDR

    2 x 80 GB 7,200 RPM 8 MB cache

    Sony DRU-820A DVD-RW

    Nvidia GeForce 6200 256 MB

    3Com 3C905C-TX

    Creative Sound Blaster 16 PCI




    Friday, March 30, 2007 8:46 AM
  • I have the WHS running on this right now:


    Acer Travelmate 3004WTMi

    1GB Ram

    8 x 250GB Hitachi 7200rpm harddrives in 2 external firewire cabinets (4x250GB in each)

    Netgear Rangemax wireless network (USB Stick)


    I'm going to install it on my server later and will have around 4TB total storage on that one. 1TB in raid 5 and 2,5TB external on USB and firewire and the rest internal.

    Saturday, March 31, 2007 11:17 PM
  • Intel Pentium 4 1.7GHz

    2 x 256MB DDR-266

    80GB Hitachi HDD

    MSI MB with 845G chipset

    Lite On 18x DVD+/-R

    Sparkle 300W ATX PS with 120mm Fan (Very Quiet!!)


    The stock cooler on the CPU is louder than I would like.  I will be adding two additional 40GB drives when I upgrade my main system to Vista.
    Sunday, April 1, 2007 12:41 AM
  • Dell Poweredge 2650 2x2.4 HT Xeon


    PERC 3/DC

    5x146 gb 15,000 cheetahs

    Intel Gig Nic


    Purs like a kitten, and quite fast.




    Runs just great as a VM on Virtual Server.


    It's a totally cool product!!! Thanks, and keep up the good work.

    Sunday, April 1, 2007 5:32 AM
  • Asus P4C800

    Intel P4 3.0 G

    2gig Ram


    Promis FastTrack S150 SX4 RAID5 with 4x 250G

    Onboard Intel 82801ER Sata RAID0 with 2x 320G

    Bootdisk 160G Pata


    1Gigabit LAN connected to Netgear FVS124g

    Sunday, April 1, 2007 11:27 AM
  •  Crash2975 wrote:

    OK, quick trip to the computer fair and I ended up with:

    Gigabyte GA-M61PM-S2 (NVIDIA® GeForce 6100 / nForce 430 chipset)
    AMD x2 3800
    1 Gb DDR2 dual channel RAM
    500W EzCool PSU

    Board features:

    On-board VGA
    Gb LAN
    Support for 4 * SATA II
    1 * PATA/133

    I have a new 250Gb and recycled 120 Gb PATA/133 drives already so will start with those, and see how WHS fares.

    (It has lots of other goodies, incl 8 channel and HD audio, PCI Express, obligatory RAID, FireWire etc so should make a fair desktop machine post-beta)

    Frustratingly, the RAM was bad so I ordered 2GB from Crucial and that is, of course, fine. Installed in one of my old (dead) tower boxes, now hidden away under the desk and purring like a fly (can't hear a thing).


    As it only has one IDE channel, once I'd installed WHS I had to switch to the second HDD. I'll get some 500GB SATA IIs later, so that'll give me a couple of Tb to play with!

    Sunday, April 1, 2007 12:58 PM
  • I have the following and it seems to be working pretty well:


    ASUS N4L-VM DH (Socket 479, micro ATX)

    Core2Duo T5500

    One gig Kingston ram

    2 Seagate 7200.10 500GB

    Antec NSK1300 Case


    Everything is humming along nicely for the past couple of weeks.  I have loaded up sql server on it as well.  The temps run a bit hot as the CPU idles at about 46 degrees celcius and the motherboard has hit about 60 degrees.



    Sunday, April 1, 2007 2:06 PM
  • edit: Updated MacBook Pro description


    Mine is an eclectic mix:



    ECS P4M890T-M2 motherboard (Via P4M890 chipset, onboard NIC)

    Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 965 Processor overclocked to 4.0 GHz (dual-core Pentium-4-based with HyperThreading, 1066 MHz front side bus)

    512 MB of random no-name PC2-3200 memory (two 256 MB DIMMs that came with a desktop computer that was promptly upgraded.)

    Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 40 GB 3.5" ATA hard drive

    Seagate Momentus 5400.2 60 GB 2.5" Serial ATA hard drive (pulled from an upgraded laptop)

    EVGA GeForce 7300GT 256 MB video card (bought when this machine was my Vista testbed to replace the unsupported onboard graphics, not supported in Home Server, but for this, I don't really care.)


    I may plug in some external hard drives, but right now, the PCs I'm using to test don't have a lot of data on them, so the 90 GB 'data' space is plenty.


    The PCs I connect with:

    HP Pavilion A1100y (Pentium 4 3.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 40 GB internal HD, Windows Vista Home Premium) Son's primary PC

    MacBook Pro (Core Duo 2.0 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB of 100 GB dedicated to Windows, Windows Vista Ultimate) My primary computer.  I have this listed as both the "Boot Camp" install of Vista, as well as my "Parallels" Mac OS X virtualization software instance of Vista.  (Which is actually annoying, because now I have *TWO* 'computers' to back up for one physical machine, as far as WHS is concerned.)

    Compaq Presario V2000 (Pentium M 2.26 GHz, 1 GB RAM, 60 GB internal HD, Windows Vista Ultimate RC1, to be restored to factory, then upgraded to Vista Business soon) My business laptop, bought before the Intel Macs came out.

    Compaq Presario V2000 (Celeron M 1.4 GHz, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB internal HD, Windows XP Home, to be upgraded to Vista Business soon) My spare business laptop, currently in use by one of my employees.

    Monday, April 2, 2007 3:18 AM
  • Shuttle SD32G2 barebones
    Onboard graphics, sound and gigabit ethernet
    Intel Celeron D 3.2 (with a modest OC bump up to 3.85)
    Seagate 320gb SATA drive
    1 x 1gb DDR2 pqi DRAM
    Monday, April 2, 2007 4:29 PM
  • I decided to try Robert McLaws' homemade suggestion.

    • AOpen XCube barebone computer
    • AMD Athalon 3400 processor

    which, after promocodes and such, cost me $203 net.

    • 512 of memory surplused from a desktop a year ago
    • 300 GB Seagate ATA drive that I bought on sale few months ago an never got around to installing
    • surplus DVD ROM drive 

    Then I added a 400GB NetDisk to the storage pool (I bought it for backup last year but was never really satisfied with the arrangement).


    Bottom line:  for an additional investment of $203, I got a much better backup solution for my 4 computers than anything I've had before.  Yes, I could have spent an additional $50 for a dual-core processor but quite frankly, I don't believe it would have made any

    Monday, April 2, 2007 8:58 PM
  • AMD Athlon XP 2500

    1.5GB DDR400

    2xWD1200JD (IDE)

    1xWD2000JS, 1xWD2500JS (SATA)

    Abit NF-S2 Mobo

    MSI GeForce 6600GT AGP w/new fan


    This machine was, at one point, my gaming rig. I built it back in Nov.2005, and downgraded it to a file server in Feb. 2006.

    It has been running Kubuntu Linux for over 6 months without any downtime. I'm a head computer tech, so I'm really just trying this out to see if this would be a valuable thing for very small businesses and home users.


    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 1:07 AM
  • Athlon XP 2200+
    1GB Mushkin PC3200
    120GB & 160GB 7200.8 Seagates

    Was a spare rig at home, glad it now has a reason to be there.
    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 4:47 PM
  • 566Mhz Celeron
    Abit BM6 motherboard
    640MB PC133 RAM
    3com ethernet card
    Promise Ultra TX100 PCI card
    160GB WD drive (Boot)
    120GB Maxtor drive
    500GB Seagate drive

    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 9:41 PM
  • 566Mhz Celeron
    640MB RAM
    120/160/500GB drives

    Yeah, I'm slumming it Smile  Works fine though.
    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 9:42 PM
  • Pentium 4 3.2

    Asus P5DGC MOBO


    (I had a very dificult time installong this OS on this MOBO, I chose this MOBO because of the 3 IDE and 4 SATA connectors on it, allowing a posibility of 9 HD's and a DVD rom.)


    PCI Vid

    1 GB Ram

    80GB HD

    200GB HD

    Tuesday, April 3, 2007 10:27 PM
  • I'm sort of slumming it also .....


    ASUS Terminator 1 barebone (C3V mb with VIA C3 800Mhz CPU soldered to the board)
     Onboard graphics, sound and ethernet

    1 x 512 Mb Corsair Value PC2100
      internal Seagate 320gb PATA drive

    internal Seagate 160gb SATA drive

    No floppy
      Toshiba DVD drive

    all for < $250


    WHS installed on the first attempt. installed WHS on the IDE drive. all drivers (including SATA) were installed by WHS OS with the exception of the onboard audio driver. initial client computer running WinXP Pro took an hour to backup (~ 12 Gb of files/data). subsequent backups take 2-3 minutes. backup of laptop running WinXP Pro took 12 minutes over ethernet (~ 4Gb of files/data). subsequent backups take about 2 minutes.

    Thursday, April 5, 2007 2:49 AM
  • Using following hardware:


    - AMD 3200+ (Venice)

    - 1GB DDR400

    - 2x 500GB Samsung SATA

    - Onboard Graphics

    - works fine in a Shuttle barebone SN21G5

    Thursday, April 5, 2007 1:11 PM
  • Server

    ASUS with just about everthing on board

    AMD Athlon 64 3200+

    512 Memory to be upgraded to 2 x 1GB

    1 WD 80GB

    2 WD 40GB

    Thursday, April 5, 2007 3:09 PM
  • My sig contains the latest effort. I have added another My Book 500 gig drive to the mix.
    Friday, April 6, 2007 10:54 PM
  • Actually I've had three boxes running WHS.


    Box 1

    Proc: P3 1Ghz

    MoBo: Intel D815EEA2

    RAM: 512Mbs PC-133

    Video: ATI Radeon 7200

    HD: 40 Gb IDE Seagate

    DVD-ROM: 16x Compaq

    LAN: On Board

    Installed in a little over 2 hours and it ran good.


    Box 2

    Proc: Athlon 1.2Ghz

    MoBo: Iwill KK266-R

    RAM: 640Mbs PC-100

    Video: ATI Radeon 7200

    HD: 40 Gb IDE Seagate

    DVD-ROM: 16x Compaq

    LAN: Linksys LNE100TX v4

    Install time was same as above. System was noticeably more responsive.

    Later installed 2 80Gb HDs on a Promise Ultra 100 TX2


    Box 3

    Proc: Pentium D 925

    MoBo: Asus P5NE-SLI

    RAM: 2Gbs DDR2 800

    Video: nVidia GF 7100GS

    HD: 40 Gb IDE Seagate

    DVD-ROM: 16x Compaqn

    LAN: On Board

    Install time was less than an hour. System rocks.

    Installed Promise Ultra 100 TX2 then added 2 80Gb HDs


    After the success with the first two boxes I felt justified to buy for new hardware for Box 3.


    WHS runs great. I'll spend $ on this instead of Vista!






    Saturday, April 7, 2007 5:39 AM
  • Custom built Celeron 2.4GHz on an MSI board

    1.5GB DDR

    80+160GB internal PATA

    120GB USB2


    200GB internal PATA still to add...


    Running fine

    Monday, April 16, 2007 1:29 PM
  • Current system is:


    AMD Athlon XP1400+

    1GB ram (Kingston value I think)

    2 x 200GB Seagate & 160GB Maxtor PATA drives

    Belkin NIC Card

    NVidia Geforce 2MX400 (who needs graphics in a headless server) Smile


    Runs ok, seems a little sluggish when going through the music folders on server (60GB approx), not been able to isolate this issue yet.


    Once I've downloaded the CTP looking to upgrade the server box to:


    AMD Athlon 64X2 3800

    2GB Crucial Ram (3200C2PT)

    Asustek MB, Onboard LAN

    250GB Seagate SATA II & 2 x 200GB Seagate PATA (Temporary)

    and same Graphics card


    Hopefully this should run a little quicker

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 9:43 PM
  • 2x Intel Pentium II CPU's, 400mhz each
    256mb PC133 RAM
    Brialliant IV server board
    4gb Quantum Bigfoot
    2gb Quantum Bigfoot
    ATI 3D Rage Pro AGP 2x
    Creative 16bit soundcard
    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 10:16 PM
  • My Current System is:


    ASUS P4P800-SE

    P4 Slot 478  3.2 1MB CACHE 800mhz FSB

    1GB Corsair XMS PC3200

    1- 200GB WD SATA main HD

    1-120GB WD IDE HD

    1- 80GB WD IDE HD

    LINKSYS 10/100 LAN

    NVidia Geforce 2 MX400 32mb PCI

    Thursday, April 19, 2007 4:49 AM
  • It's my future Car PC.

    Via C3 ITX board
    PW80 12 volt power supply
    512 RAM
    Seagate 120g hd

    All mounted in an 8"x10" "cash box" about 2" high. Super quiet, there is a 40mm fan running at half speed to move air through it.
    Sunday, April 22, 2007 3:47 AM
  • My Server:


    Athlon XP 1800+

    Mobo all in one, chipset SIS, mini atx

    1 gb pc 3200 (16 mb for video)

    6 USB ports (for external hds)

    dvd rom

    3 WD HD (200, 160, 160 GB)




    Sunday, April 22, 2007 9:17 AM
  • Intel P4 1.8GHz

    1GB RAM

    1 40GB Western Digital

    1 30GB Quantum


    Needless to say it would need a substantial drive upgrade to come into practical use. There are three clients connected with a collected diskspace well above 1TB - it'd need one hefty compression to back those up onto the home server .

    Sunday, April 22, 2007 1:12 PM
  • CeleronM 380 (D) 1.6 GHz
    1 GB (2 x 512) PC2-4200
    200 GB SATA 7200 RPM
    DVD-/+R DL
    Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface
    External 250GB 7200 RPM hard drive

    Sunday, April 22, 2007 5:35 PM
  • Yes I like that my former doorstop also


    Celeron 1.3Ghz

    768 meg ram

    120G Maxtor IDE

    NEC 2500-a dvd writer

    250 G Western Digital IDE

    120 G maxtor IDE

    crappy network card

    Diamond 9200 tv tuner card LOL

    Sunday, April 22, 2007 6:40 PM
  • Shuttle FN85 Mainboard with Nvdia Nforce 3
    AMD Sempron 3000+ @ 1,8Ghz
    512 Mb RAM PC3200
    40Gb/200Gb IDE HDD
    1x200Gb USB 2.0 Drive
    Sunday, April 22, 2007 7:47 PM
  • Test install: 10 hours and so far no problems
    Board:  ECS K7S5A
    Processor AMD Athlon ~995 Mhz
    BIOS:  American Megatrends Inc.
    Ram:  768Mb pc133
    Harddrive: some old 80Gb ATA drive
    Network: 100Mbit

    The nearest future (when i find the time to assemble it)
    Board:  Asus something lying in the back
    Processor: P4 1600mhz
    Ram:  1Gb pc133
    Harddrive:  some old 120Gb + 200Gb ATA or maybe new 2x300gb SATA
    Network: 100Mbit
    Printer: HP K550 PRO

    Sunday, April 22, 2007 7:50 PM
  • Dell outlet special Smile

    Dimension 3000
    P4 2.8HT
    512MB pc3200 (2x256)
    80GB system
    2x 200GB ata100 drives

    Sunday, April 22, 2007 9:23 PM
  • I got my invite Friday morning, went to Fry's to grab some parts Saturday afternoon, started the hardware build about 9:00am Sunday morning, the WHS install about 1:00pm and here I am about 5:00pm running my first backup. I didn't see anyone else in this thread with a similar setup so I thought I would post mine in case someone has questions. Personally, I spent probably an hour trying to figure out if my built-in NIC would be compatible before just going with the "what's the worst thing that could happen? Reinstall?" thought. However, everything went flawless.


    ECS P4M800-M2 (v2.0) motherboard (http://www.ecs.com.tw/ECSWebSite/Products/ProductsDetail.aspx?DetailID=674&CategoryID=1&DetailName=Feature&MenuID=44&LanID=9)

    Intel Core 2 Duo E4300 1.8ghz

    2x512mb DDR2 400mhz

    1x500gb Seagate SATA


    Thermaltake 450w PSU


    All tucked inside a Cooler Master Centurion 532 case (http://www.coolermaster-usa.com/Products.aspx?pid=1148) with space for 10 drives.


    Why this config? Here's my thought process (or lack thereof).


    The processor was a concious decision based on electrical efficiency. If WHS will use the Speed-step capabilities, this will probably draw much less than the 65 watt TDP of the E4300 most of the time. If necessary, I can force it down to 1.2ghz in the BIOS for a 33% (22w) power savings. This efficiency alone over it's useful life should pay for the cost of the processor and mobo combo (which was on sale for $130) over using old hardware. Something to consider if you are redeploying systems with 200+ watt TDP and no Speedstep.


    This particular ECS motherboard allows me to use up to 4 existing PATA devices as well as DDR RAM if I had it laying around. It only has two SATA connectors so I'll probably add an extra SATA controller at some point.


    The 500gb was a plan B decision when the 160GB on sale for $40 were out of stock. At $120 for the 500gb though, the price seemed right ($.24/gb). I'll add a second drive here shortly to take advantage of the file duplication.


    The RAM, PSU, DVD and case were spare. I may replace the RAM with 2GB of 533mhz later if add-ons (WSS?) dictate. The DVD seems spare now that the install is complete but I will probably leave it for the next install. The case seems perfect.


    Hope this helps someone!


    Sunday, April 22, 2007 11:35 PM
  • My server:
    AMD X2 3400+ (939)
    Gigabyte K8N SLI
    2GB PC3200
    2 Seagate Sata 300- 500GB HDD, may add another 500GB
    EVGA 6800GS
    Monday, April 23, 2007 8:57 PM
    • Dell Optiplex GX270
    • Intel Pentium 4 at 3.00 GHz
    • 1 GB PC3200 RAM
    • 1 INT Maxtor 80GB HDD; 1 EXT USB WD 500GB HDD; 1 EXT Seagate IEEE1394 500GB HDD; 1 EXT Maxtor IEEE1394 80GB HDD
    Monday, April 23, 2007 9:33 PM
  • Heracles (WHS Fileserver)

    • Pentium D 930 (Dual Core 3GHz)
    • ASUS P5WD2-E Premium (Intel i975X Chipset)
    • PowerColor ATI X300 256MB
    • 1GB Corsair PC6400 DDR2 800MHz
    • 8x Samsung 400GB SATA300 Drives
    • HighPoint RocketRaid 2300 PCI-e 4-port SATA RAID controller
    • 2x SNT3141 4-drive SATA enclosures
    • 1x SNT2131 3-drive SATA enclosure (disconnected/not active)
    • Coolermaster CMStacker Enclosure & Antec 550W SmartPower 2.0 PSU
    The motherboard has a 4-port Intel SATA2 controller, which I've used, and an additional Marvell 6141 SATA controller which is by far the worst SATA chipset I've ever had the misfortune to come across. It's worse than useless. Hence, the 4-port RAID controller. Only issue I had with said RAID controller is that I needed to format all four of its drives in another machine, otherwise it would only allow me to add the damn things into arrays.

    The drive enclosures are pretty cool. I have the two 4-drive ones hooked up, with the 3-drive one used as a spare drive holder. I'll eventually look at replacing the motherboard and CPU with something a little more power-drain friendly down the track, too.

    I have pretty pictures of the setup here.
    Monday, April 23, 2007 10:22 PM

    My Server


    Sempron 2800+ S754 

    Foxconn 760GXK8MC-RS Motherboard

    Crucial 512 MB PC21000

    Coolermaster Centurion Case

    Seagate 160GB IDE HD

    350W PS

    Benq DVD-ROM Drive


    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 12:01 AM
  • A Dell Optiplex GX240


    1.80 Ghz Pentuim 4

    512Mb Ram

    200Gb Western Digital PATA Hard Drive


    A small and very quiet system.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007 10:24 PM
  • Via C7 CPU at 1 GHz

    1GB Kingston PC2 4200 RAM

    1x IDE 120GB PATA HDD

    2x Seagate 400GB SATA HDD

    MSI Axis 700 Lite Case

    200W PS



    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 12:34 PM
  • I will probably be loading it onto my SuperMicro (not in front so cant remember model #) with dual P3 866
    2gb of PC133 ECC
    5x 160gb Seagate 7200.9 PATA
    1x 100gb WD PATA
    1x Promise add on IDE 2port card
    1x Maxtor add on IDE 2 port card(its not quite a Promise card for some reason, only the maxtor drivers will work with it.)
    USB DVD drive
    Onboard NIC, and video.
    PC&C 510
    Wednesday, April 25, 2007 5:04 PM
  • Enclosure Parts 

    Case: Chenbro RM215 2U Rackmount Case                                                                     $390.00

    Power Supply: Emacs 2U / 3U 700 watt PS                                                                    $205.00

    Opical Drive and Floppy: Slim CDRW/DVD Slim Floppy Drive                                          $97.00

    UPS: Belkin F6C1000-TW-RK 1000VA 615 watts UPS                                                       $124.99

    Switch: Netgear GS116 Gigabit 16 Port Switch w/ Jumbo Frames                                      $169.99

    Rack: Wallmount 9U Rack                                                                                                $265.00


    Internal Parts

    Proc: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600+                                                                                          $73.99

    Mobo: MSI K9N6PGM-F Socket AM2 Micro ATX Motherboard                                              $66.99

    Ram: Kingston (2 x 1GB) ECC Unbuffered DDR2 667 Server Memory                                    $127.99

    Raid Controller: PROMISE SuperTrak EX8350 PCI-X SATA II x8                                          $412.99

    Raid Battery Backup: Promise Technology Battery Backup Module for SuperTrak EX8350    $119.99

    OS HDD: Hitachi Deskstar 80GB SATA II Hard Drive                                                             $43.99

    Raid HDD: Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 500GB 16MB Cashe SATA II Hard Drive X8                   $1,119.92

                                                                                                    Total Cost w/ Shipping:    $3350.60

    Monday, May 28, 2007 10:26 PM
  • 2.4 ghz P4

    1.5 gig RAM

    gigabyte MB model I don't remember

    1x320gig PATA

    1x500gig PATA


    though I'm struggling getting USB2 to work for my iTunes install.   Sad



    Tuesday, May 29, 2007 11:24 PM

    Intel Celeron M 1.4 GHz processor

    512 MB RAM PC 3200 DDR2 SDRAM

    160 GB SATA hard drive

    100 GB external USB 2.0

    CDRW/DVD rom

    Integrated video

    Integrated 10/100 Base-T networking interface

    108 watt power supply

    HP Slimline Case

    Wednesday, May 30, 2007 9:51 PM
  • Dell Poweredge 830

    3.0 Duo

    2gb mem

    2x500gb Sata

    2x150gb Sata

    Cerc Sata 6 channel (not used)



    Thursday, May 31, 2007 12:34 AM
  • You are going to wish you didn't put that 80GB drive as the OS drive.  That is only going to leave you with 60GB of swap space to allow the disk migration service to do it's thing.
    Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:28 AM


    intel P4 3400 mhz

    Ram 2gb

    4 Seagate 500GB Sata drives


    Thursday, May 31, 2007 1:54 AM
  • I just put all the spare hardware I had together and got this:

    - Asus A7V
    - AMD Athlon 900 mhz
    - 512 mb sdram
    - Bunch of disks: 2 maxtors and a western digital
    - 3com NIC
    - Geforce 2

    Also a SATA and ATA pci expansion card and a fiber optic nic from HP but ain't using these right now.
    Thursday, May 31, 2007 9:49 AM
  • Intel D945GTP

    Penitum D 930 3.0GHz

    2GB DDR2

    Single 160GB SATA drive

    Onboard gigabit network card


    All enclosed within a Sonata II case, it's a headless machine in that I only connect keyboard, mouse and monitor as needed when I cannot operator remotely....


    Currently the gigabit card is actually operating at gigabit speeds, I was able to transfer a 4GB file within about a couple of minutes at 50MB/s


    It's a little bit tricky for me primarily because of the beta nature of this OS, because I want to store so many things on the server, but with all the upgrades and drive erasures I can't actually use the server beyond a backup box...


    My intention is to add probably three 500GB HDDs the next time I see em' for 100 a pop...  This is so that I can use the server a means of archiving things....   Stuff I'm more likely to watch will be housed within my HTPC, which has 1TB of drive space, while things I might want to watch, or use will be stored server side....  Of course, I may pull the 160GB out and order four 500GB drives, and use the 160 in my gaming rig to give me a nice 320 JBOD array....


    If only WHS supported 64-bit Vista backups Sad

    Thursday, May 31, 2007 2:59 PM
  • Well, in fairness the spec does state 80GB as the requirement, but I'm seriously thinking of upping my 250 to a 500GB when I install RC1....
    Thursday, May 31, 2007 8:37 PM
  • IBM Clone

    To start with I have a Tall 5 bay tower with 450 power supply

    Asus K8vseDX MB

    AMD 64 2.20 gigahertz

    2 - IBM IDE HD 120 gig

    2 - Seagate SATA HD 320 gig

    Plextor CD-R

    Sony DVD RW

    2 gig memory

    NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200

    3 case fans

    And least I forget, a floppy

    Most of all I have room to add 4 HD's

    Most of these items came from junked computers

    The best thing about my WHS is that is so quite.

    Friday, June 1, 2007 12:51 AM
  • Dell Optiplex GX260 (small desktop case)
    P4 2.4 Ghz
    80 GB hd
    1 GB ram
    Gigabit ethernet
    Promise SATA300 TX4302 adapter
    2 x 750 GB Seagate FreeAgent Pro esata drives
    Netgear Gigabit switch
    Netgear 802.11g Wireless router
    TrippLite UPS
    Sunday, June 3, 2007 2:58 AM

    I am running my Home Server on the following:



    Albatron KX400 - 8XV


    AMD Athlon XP 2400+ @ 2.0 Ghz,


    512 MB DDR StarRAM


    nVidia GeForce 2 MX 400

    Hard Drives: 

    1x Samsung 80 Gig 7200 RPM IDE

    1x Seagate 80 Gig Barracuda 7200 RPM IDE

    Optical Drive:

    NEC DVD Burner


    All thrown into a crappy case I tripped over at the tip!


    I got the all the hardware for free because a client didn't pay for a DVD burner & repair job.

    In the next couple of months I plan on constricting a system that will basically consist of products that will allow for

    low power consumption (for prolonged periods of a UPS incase of extended blackouts), low noise,

    sufficiant cooling abillities, maximum data throughput (network) & a case small enough to go unnoticed,

    but still allow room for storage expansion.

    From what I've been reading on these forums, I have a fair idea of what hardware I'm leaning towards.

    I'll let you know when I order the parts what I have decided on.

    If anyone is in Melbourne, Australia, and would like to dabble in case construction, PM me as I have limited

    tools but alot of ideas.



    Monday, June 4, 2007 9:48 AM
  • AMD socket 754 3200+ (soon to be replaced with 939 4200 dual core)
    MSI 754 board (soon to be replaced with foxcon 939)
    2.5GB RAM (upgrade to 3GB planned)
    dvd rom for installation
    onboard gigabit nic
    hiper modular 580 type r PSU
    3x500GB SATA
    2x750GB SATA
    1x 300GB SATA
    1x 400 IDE
    1x 320 IDE
    external 250GB for my backups from WHS

    Monday, June 4, 2007 11:31 AM
  • Currently (Running CTP)

    • MB
      • Asus Micro ATX A8N-VM CSM (Socket 939 - Geforce 6150 / nForce 430)
        • Integrated audio
        • Integrated video
        • Integrated gigabit lan (Drivers not included in WHS installation)
    • CPU
      • Athlon X2 3800+ (Toledo)
        • Arctic Alpine 64 cooler (near silent)
    • RAM
      • 1GB DDR
    • HD's
      • 2x Western Digital 120GB 7200 RPM SATA I
      • 2x Seagate 7200.10 320GB SATA II

    What I just ordered (parts coming Tuesday - Hopefully RC1 will come soon as well)

    • MB ($127 @ Newegg)
      • Gigabyte Micro ATX GA-965QM-DS2 (LGA 775 - Intel 965Q)
        • New durable series with all solid capacitors
        • Integrated audio
        • Integrated video (Intel GMA 3000)
        • Integrated gigabit lan (Intel PCIe solution - Drivers Included in WHS installation)
    • CPU ($84 @ Newegg)
      • Pentium Dual Core E2140 (Allendale w/ Core microarchitecture 1.6GHz / 800FSB)
    • RAM ($37@ Newegg)
      • 1GB DDR2 - Corsair valueselect dual channel kit
    • HD's
      • Same as above

    AMD based stuff will be going on eBay as soon as RC1 is out.  I did not like having to install the Nvidia chipset / lan drivers.  It just did not seem like they were meant for Windows 2003 server.  I had a couple non-reproducable file corruptions occur (reported on connect), which I attribute to flaky storage drivers and / or the cool n' quiet drivers from AMD.  I like the fact that the Intel based machine will have either native support or readily available Windows 2003 drivers available from Intel.  Also, I am hoping the new Intel based system with the low power Allendale CPU and durable series Gigayte board will consume less power and create less heat than the previous AMD system (which did quite well).


    Hopefully Im not wasting too much money...

    Sunday, June 10, 2007 3:03 AM
  • See my sig
    Monday, June 11, 2007 10:34 AM
  • We are starting with a whitebox desktop we had around. Wow, everything we had has just worked -- purchased a reasonably priced SATA card and a new 500GB drive we added a couple of weeks after we did our original install:


    Intel P4 2.6GHz

    512MB ram

    the 160GB ide hard drive that was in it,

    one WD 500GB SATA hard drive


    Monday, June 11, 2007 1:28 PM
  • I am currently running:


    AMD Athlon 1400 (T-Bird) (1.4Ghz)

    1GB DDR

    2 x WD SE16 400GB SATA Drives

    Gigabit NIC


    What I will have for RC1:


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 3600

    2GB DDR2-800

    3 x WD SE16 400GB SATA Drives

    Gigabit NIC

    5 x 3 - 5.25" Hot-swap backplane

    SATA II PCI controller card (for a total of 8 SATA II connections)


    I think for now I am going to put the new hardware in my old Mid Tower case with an Antec 350W PSU.  Eventually, I want to get a rackmount case and a new PSU.  I will probably throw a couple more fans in the case for now to make sure it doesn't overheat.


    Monday, June 11, 2007 3:49 PM
  • Corsair Value S. PC5300 DDR2 1024MB Kit w/two 512MB
    ABIT LG-95Z, I945GZ, Socket-775, m-ATX, SATAII, DDR2, VGA only
    Intel Pentium D 820 2.8GHz Socket LGA775
    350 Watt PSU, Thermaltake Armour chassis
    5 X 500GB SATA 2 WD HDD
    1 X 160GB PATA Samsung HDD
    SATA PCI card
    Gigabit ethernet PCI card

    I've got another Terra of hard drives awaiting the RC download.

    This is a very stable box which runs a distributed computing program 27/4 and I have no problems with temperatures, throughput, etc. The only limitation is the shortage of PCI slots ( Only two) and SATA ports ( Only four).

    Monday, June 11, 2007 4:00 PM
  • I experience and tested WHS on 4 different configuration :

    1st desktop:

    - Motherboard DFI NB80EA, Intel E7205 chipset.

    - Intel Celeron @ 2000 MHz, socket 478. Later Intel Pentium 4 Northwood @ 2800 MHz, socket 478

    - Physical Memory: 1024 MB (2 x 512 DDR-SDRAM).

    - Maxtor 160 GB (IDE 133). - Maxtor 80 GB x 2(IDE 133).

    - 1x WD 250 GB External HDD 3.5 on USB 2.0.

    - Video Card: NVIDIA Corp GeForce4 MX 4000.

    - DVD-Rom Drive: PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-303 SCSI Device.Later PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-108 IDE.

    - Onboard Network Card: Realtek Semiconductor RT8139 Fast Ethernet Adapter.

        First time it is not possible to make the NIC working, every time bad driver, from WHS DVD or from other source… After many different way and try, I give up!(I will know later that my PIONEER DVD-ROM make the worst work) 

    Second time on one later test WHS is working well a couple of day, but it's my working desktop now, I make it back to my working station using the WHS 2nd desktop.......

    2nd desktop: 

    - Motherboard ASUS P5PL2E, Intel 945 chipset.

    - Intel Pentium 915 @ 2.8 GHz, socket LGA775.

    - Physical Memory: 2048 MB (2 x 1024 DDR2-533MHz).

    - 3x Seagate 250 GB SATA.

    - Video Card: ATI Radeon X200 Fan less.

    - DVD-Burner Drive: PHILIPS DVDRW824P PATA Device.

    - Onboard Network Card: Realtek Semiconductor RTL8111B Giga Ethernet Adapter.

    Working well and fast, full automated installation!!! Now till in use!!!

    Just noisy and heating...... Wrong Box I think!!!!!

    Using backup from this WHS server to make the configuration rollback after test on the other PC configuration

    (Desktop 1 &3 and laptop VIA)...


    3rd desktop:

    Motherboard Acer EM61SM/EM61PM

    - AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+
      - Chipset : Athlon 64 / Opteron HyperTransport Technology Configuration

    - NorthBridge : AMD Athlon 64 / Opteron Bridge
      - SouthBridge : Nvidia Corp

    - Physical Memory: 1024 MB (2 x 512 DDR-SDRAM PC1600).

    - IDE / SATA Controler : Nvidia Corp Nvidia Corp

    - 1x Seagate ST3250820AS 250 GB SATA.

    - 1x Seagate 250 GB External HDD 3.5 on USB 2.0.

    - Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6800 XT.

    - DVD-Burner Drive: HL-DT-STDVD+-RW GSA-H21N.

    - Onboard Network Card:  Marvell Semiconductor (Was: Galileo Technology Ltd) Marvell Semiconductor.

    WHS working well !: But need give the hardware back to my son!!!


    One LAPTOP (yes!!) (Just to try!!)


    - ECS G320,

    - Motherboard: ECS??

    - Chipset: VIA CLE266+8235.

    - Processor: VIA C3 processor (Nehemiah) @ 1.2GHz.

    - Physical Memory: 1x 1024 MB DDR-SDRAM 333.

    - Video Card: Embedded Castle Rock GFX in CLE 266.

    - Hard Disc: SAMSUNG (80 GB) PATA.

    - 2x 250 GB External HDD 3.5 on USB 2.0. (one Seagate, one WD)

    - CD DVD-Burner Drive.

    - NIC: VIA Fast Ethernet Adapter.

    WHS working well, slower ( no wonder), But need give the PC back to my spouse!!!

    Test it because the undeground mining is making one VIA C7 Box later, for smart cooling and quite box!!!!!!! Hope !! Will be the with the next step release I think!!!!!!

    Monday, June 11, 2007 4:08 PM
  • Aopen case QF50 (very silent for such an ordinary case)

    Mobo Asus M2N-MX:

    - (Gb Lan),

    - 8 Mb shared video ;-( a PCI card didn't turn off the shared video and to buy a PCIe card for the server is a step to far, so shared video is set to a minium.

    - lot more connections and with a new PCIe card this will be a fine desktop after WHS experiment.

    Sempron AM2 3400+

    2x512Mb DDR2 PC5300 (667MHz)

    2x160 Gb WD1600JB SATA II


    Connected computers:

    Asus A8N-SLI, AOpen 6600DV 256Mb Video, 1Gb DDR PC400, AMD Athlon 4000+ 939 socket, 200 Gb (2005)

    Compaq Evo 410c pentium III laptop, 512Mb SDRAM, 20 Gb (2001)

    Dell e520, Intel Duo core 6300, 2Gb DDR2 PC 533MHz, 160Gb (2006)



    Monday, June 11, 2007 8:09 PM
  • Damn, I must be one of the lame ones here...


    Bare minimum with more on the way...


    P4 1.6G

    1Gig PC2700

    80G Seagate 7200

    80G WD 7200


    Both IDE, nothin special bout this one, just needs a lil more...

    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 1:56 AM
  • 1.2Ghz Celeron

    512 PC-133

    1 - 60 gb Maxtor

    1 - 20 gb WD

    1 - 30 gb Maxtor

    1 - 40 gb WD


    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 5:28 PM
  • Dell XPS 600

    3.46 EE (I know....overkill)

    2 GB RAM

    1 each maxtor 250 GB HD

    2 each WD 250 GB HD

    Tuesday, June 12, 2007 11:18 PM
  • Intel 820 dual-core

    512 memory

    Asrock 775 board

    320gig sata



    Tried a 2.8 celeron but large file transfers would take forever to process.

    Wednesday, June 13, 2007 1:27 AM
  • Cool, I have the guts to my old PC that are basically identical to your specs.  I'll try it out on that before dual booting my current Opty rig.
    Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:22 AM
  • I Have a few rigs this is going to be my server. I just downloaded the RC tonight.  I am running Win Server 2003 EE on it now but am going to wipe it for WHS


    My WHS Server


    ·          CPU /  AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Manchester 2.0GHz Socket 939


    ·          MOBO /  DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 SLI-DR Expert Socket 939 NVIDIA nForce4 SLI


    ·          RAM /  2 Gigs Corsair TwinX1024 PC4000-Pro (DDR500)


    ·          Video /  ? Cheep PCI card I had laying around 32MB Ram


    ·          HDD /  Maxtor 200 SATA


    ·          PSU /  Thermaltake True Power 500



    My Main Rig


    ·          CPU /  Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz LGA 775

    ·          ZALMAN CNPS 9700 NT 110mm 2 Ball Ultra Quiet CPU Cooler


    ·          MOBO /  ASUS P5NT WS Socket T (LGA 775) NVIDIA nForce Dual PCI-E x 16 ATX Server Motherboard


    ·          RAM /   CORSAIR Dominator 2GB DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) TWIN2X2048-8500C5D


    ·          Video /  EVGA 8800GTS 640MB GDDR3 PCI Express x16 SUPERCLOCKED


    ·          HDD / 

    ·          Western Digital Raptor X WD1500AHFD 150GB 10,000 RPM Serial ATA150

    ·          3 x Maxtor 250 SATA

    ·          Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 ST3500641AS 500GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb


    ·          PSU /  APEVIA 600W


    ·          Case /  Thermaltake Tsunami VA3000BWA Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower


    Plus a few more but I am sure you don’t want to be here all night



    Update I Just added Verizon's FIOS 20/5 Fiber Baby!!!!

    Thursday, June 14, 2007 2:48 AM
  • Dual PIII 1Ghz

    1Gb ECC-REG

    1x 40Gb IDE (PATA)

    1x 100Gb IDE (PATA)

    1x 50Gb Scsi (160)


    Want to go to:


    2x 320Gb PATA

    2x 500Gb SATA


    But just searching for parts, budget and compatibility

    Thursday, June 14, 2007 6:55 AM
  • WHS Server:


    Home Built Pentium D 930 3.0GHz

    3GB Ram


    1 x 80GB - SATA

    1 x 160GB - PATA

    3 x 250GB - SATA and PATA

    3 x 300GB - SATA and PATA

    1 x 320GB - SATA

    Thursday, June 14, 2007 7:25 AM
  • AMD Athlon 4000+

    2x Hitachi 500 GB ATA on ATA RAID 1

    2x Hitachi 500 GB SATA on SATA RAID 1


    2 GB RAM DDR

    Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet

    Radeon X800





    Thursday, June 14, 2007 8:22 AM

    PowerSpec V300

    Intel P4 3.0GHz

    1MB RAM

    WDC WD1600JS-22NCB1 150GB SATA

    Samsung HD501J 500GB SATA

    Thursday, June 14, 2007 10:42 AM
  • Did some upgrades


    Pentium M 1.8Ghz

    MSI 915GM Speedster-FA4R

    1GB DDR 400

    100GB HD


    2X400 GB SATA

    Highpoint RocketRaid 464

    raid-5 w/ 3 x 200 GB HD, 2 x 250 GB HD

    Thursday, June 14, 2007 8:40 PM
  • My current setup is:

    P4 3.0 Northwood
    SE7210TP1-E (7210 /6300ESB)
    1Gb Kingston DDR400
    2 x 250 Gb Seagate Barracuda ES in a CoolerMaster 4 drive cooling unit
    Antec 4U rackmount w/ 380W EarthPower PSU

    This is going to be replaced as I need it back for another project. The new box will be:

    Athlon64 (AM2) 3000 or BE-2350
    1Gb DDR2? (whatever's cheap, brand name and available) or 2Gb if I use the BE-2350 so I can run VmWare Server on it as well and save having an extra machine just for that.
    something based on NVidia 61xx/NF430 for RAID5
    4 x 250 Gb Seagate Barracuda ES in RAID5
    a small mid tower large enough to hold my CoolerMaster 4 drive cooling unit
    380W EarthPower PSU

    The current machine is running headless, as this product is intended to run. The new one will be the same. I'll be installing the RC on the new one in a week or so.
    Saturday, June 16, 2007 4:39 AM
  • Dell GX260
    P4 2.4
    512 of PC2100
    1 WD 80gb hd, 1 Maxtor 300gb. 

    It's a system I liberated from work before it hit the e-waste pile.  I have to admit it's running beautifully as a server.
    Saturday, June 16, 2007 5:04 AM
  • I'm running WHS inside Virtual Server 2005 R2 RC1 amd64 on Windows Server 2003 R2 amd64


    The Host PC has the following:

    Athalon 64 X2 4200+

    4G PC3200

    Seagate 250G 7200.8 SATA boot

    2x WD 400G 7200.8 SATA hardware stripped

    2x Seagate 500G (7200.16) SATA

    nVidia nForce4 Gb mobo network


    The Virtual Machine running WHS has:

    1G memory

    network bound directly to nForce 4 network

    system drive: 127G dynamic disk on the stripped host drive

    2x data drive: 465 dynamic disk on Seagate 500G drives


    Of course, I run the risk with the dynamic disks that I could fill up the host drive and the VM will fail expanding them.  There's also a perf hit for the dynamic disks.  I'm not worried about filling up the drive or the perf hit.  I like having the free space on the host's drives to use for short-term storage.


    Saturday, June 16, 2007 6:43 AM
  • Started off looking at WHS out of curiosity on a "frankenserver" - minimal money spent to get a machine that'd barely meet the minimum requirements - mostly salvaged parts from my "box of bits" in the attic:

    Duron 900 overclocked to just under 1000,
    864Mb Ram,
    250Gb Samsung HDD (bought for this project)
    ATI Rage 128 (remember those?) graphics card
    all built into a tatty ATX case I had in the attic...  it's not pretty, but it works...

    I didn't mind buying the drive, as I'd find a use for it elsewhere if I didn't continue with the home-server plan...

    However I've been impressed with the RC so far, so much so that I'm now putting together a new-build machine to run it on long term with the OEM version once it's release - currently planning a small form factor setup:

    Silverstone SG01 (small form factor) case
    2x250Gb HDD (including the one currently in use above)
    Athlon 64 Processor
    1Gb RAM

    Should suit my home network nicely, and will fit on a shelf in my home office...
    Thursday, July 5, 2007 10:07 AM
  • Asus M2A-VM HDMI motherboard
    AMD 3800 x2 running mostly at 1.1v and 999MHZ under AMD Cool'N'Quiet
    1GB Kingston KVR RAM
    2 x 500GB Seagate SATA2
    Onboard Video(when needed)
    Antec P180 case
    Connected to Network via DLINK Gigabit switch

    It sits in the cool basement barely making a sound.
    Thursday, July 5, 2007 10:34 PM
  • Rolf,


    I am having trouble mixing SCSI & PATA drives. I installed on 2 Fujitsu SCSI drives with no problem.


    Now I am trying to reinstall with a PATA in the mix.


    No luck! The setup hangs with the restart following formatting & copying files. It stops with "Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration..."


    I have tried taking the SCSI's out of the boot sequence. I have tried taking the PATA out of the boot sequence.


    No luck! This is driving me crazy. I would really appreciate any tips.


    Fred Aker

    Friday, July 6, 2007 9:22 AM
  • Specs:
    2x Opteron 248 @2.2GHZ each
    4GB RAM, 2GB each
    80GB 10K SCSI system drive
    2x 250GB IDE
    1x 300GB SATA
    All in one HUGE case. 

    Runs like a monster.  Smile
    Friday, July 6, 2007 7:56 PM

    My Server


    ·          CPU /  AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (65w) x2 2.0GHz

    ·          MOBO /  ASUS M2A-VM

         ·          RAM /  1.5gb Corsair ddr2

         ·          Video /  ATI Integrated x1250

    ·          HDDs /  3 Seagate ST3400633as  (400g) SATA 3.0 


    I added a gig of memory today.  Fry's rebate special    and it seems to run much better.

    Friday, July 6, 2007 11:06 PM
  • Tucked away in a big ole' Gateway Aegis case:

    Mobo: Intel D865PEMA

    CPU: P4 2.6 GHZ HT

    RAM: -2-  512MB DDR modules (1GB total)

    Video: Some old 32MB card...

    HDDs: -1- 320GB Sata150 WesternDigital, -2- 180GB ATA100 WesternDigitals. Combined storage shows as 633.45 GB.

    DVD: TDK 440N (DVD-RW)


    That's about it!  It has been working very well as the server, handling backups and file sharing for 6 different PC's, with another two waiting to be added.  I'll likely have to upgrade the HDD's in the future, but otherwise, I don't see any need for further upgrades.


    Saturday, July 7, 2007 2:26 AM
  • Intel Pentium III 1 Ghz

    512 MB DIMM RAM

    Promise SATA II PCI controler card

    2 500 GB SATA II Seagate hard drives

    2 200 GB IDE ATA100 Seagate hard drives

    Saturday, July 7, 2007 5:36 AM
  • My server:
    Case AOpen ES45B-B 350W P4 ATX
    Asus M2A-VM Socket AM2
    AMD Sempron 3200+
    Kingston ValueRAM 1GB (512MB x 2) 667MHz DDR2
    1X Seagate Barracuda (ST3250620AS) 250GB SATA
    1X Seagate Barracuda (ST3320620A) 320GB IDE
    1X Maxtor DiamondMax (6L250R0) 250GB IDE
    Saturday, July 7, 2007 6:28 PM
  • My Server:


    P4 2.26

    1GB DDR400

    Radeon 9200 AGP

    250GB IDE

    250GB IDE

    500GB SATA

    160GB SATA

    500GB External USB

    400GB External USB

    Sunday, July 8, 2007 10:47 PM
  • Server, DIY system.


    Case: 3r r101 Midi (400w PSU,  8 x 3.5" HDD,  2 x 120mm fan)

                LianLi 3 x 5.25" to 4 x 3.5" slot converter 1 x 120mm fan

    Mobo: Gigabyte 7n400 pro2

    CPU: Athlon XP 2100+

    RAM: 768mb

    VGA: Nvidia Quaddro 64mb AGP

    IO: Highpoint Rocketraid 404 in JBOD config

    Drive Config:

      1 x 500gb IDE

      3 x 400gb IDE

      5 x 120gb IDE

      1 x 122gb IDE

      1 x DVD rom IDE


    Upgrades coming over next little while

     1 x 500-750gb SATA HDD when RTM released.

     6 x 500gb IDE HDD over next year or so.

     64bit Motherboard and CPU so ready for WHS 2k8 x64

    Monday, July 9, 2007 12:33 AM
  • Dell Optiplex GX620

    Pentium 4 HT 3.8GHz

    2 GB RAM

    (2) 160GB SATA internal

    (1) 250GB USB external

    (1) 120GB USB external

    Monday, July 9, 2007 1:57 AM
  • This is my new server.


    Intel D201GLY Mini Itx ($ 75, V,L,S integrated into mobo)

    Celeron 215 1.33 Ghz (integrated into mobo)

    1 Gb Ram DDR2

    Promise Ultra 100 Tx2 Ide controller

    HD 200+160+80+40

    PSU 350 W


    This set up is slower than my old server but it is quiet and dont use as much power as my old one.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2007 2:05 AM
  • In a CoolerMaster Stacker 101 resides (atm) these thingies:


    Asus P4V800D-X Motherboard

    Intel Pentium 4 3.20 GHz (replacing the former Celeron 2.2 GHz)

    512 Meg RAM

    ATI Radeon 9500

    Samsung DVD DL Burner

    2 IDE/S-ATA controllers of some kind

    A bunch of drives; 3 S-ATA and 5 P-ATA ranging from 80 Gig to 400 Gig + a WD MyBook 500 Gb USB External drive, a total of 1.96 TB

    Chieftec 350 W psu


    Tuesday, July 10, 2007 11:10 AM
  • My server (known to all as Getafix):

    Asustek P5GZ MX (LGA775 w/ Intel 945 chipset, onboard video, Gbit LAN)

    Celeron 420 (Conroe-L core, only 35 W)

    2x 512 Mb DDR2 533 Samsung

    1x 120 Gb PATA HDD for testing but will add 2x SATA soon, probably WD Caviar.

    400 W PSU




    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 12:57 AM
  •  Jonski_ wrote:

    My server (known to all as Getafix):

    Asustek P5GZ MX (LGA775 w/ Intel 945 chipset, onboard video, Gbit LAN)

    Celeron 420 (Conroe-L core, only 35 W)

    2x 512 Mb DDR2 533 Samsung

    1x 120 Gb PATA HDD for testing but will add 2x SATA soon, probably WD Caviar.

    400 W PSU





    Forgot to say- the PSU and tower case came from my work's dumpster. Only had to get the mobo and cpu. All-up cost so far NZ$160, approx US$125. Am running the CTP release.

    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 1:05 AM
  • Abit Ab9 Pro (9x SATA )

    Intel Pentium Dual Core E2140 (2 x 1,6 GHz)

    2x Kingston 1Gb DDR2 553

    3x Samsung SATA 500 GB

    1x Maxtor SATA 320 GB

    1x Maxtor PATA 250 GB

    400W PSU

    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 6:35 AM
  • Intel D865GLC Socket 478 Motherboard
    (Onboard VGA, Sound, 6 USB2, Gigabit LAN, 2 IDE Channels, 2 SATA)
    Pentium 4 2.4Ghz (533FSB)
    2x 256Mb DDR400 (Dual Channel)
    1x 150Gb SATA WD Raptor (System Drive)
    1x Pioneer DVD-RW Optical Drive
    8x 250Gb IDE Western Digital Drives (In Enlight main server rackmount case)
    12x 500Gb SATA Seagate Drives (In Norco rackmount hot-swap case)
    1x ITE 8212 Raid IDE Controller
    1x ITE 8212 ATAPI IDE Controller
    1x Silicon Image 4 Port SATA Controller
    1x Norco DS-1220e 12-bay SATA 3U Rackmount Case (Hot-swap caddies with 4 port multipliers built into case)
    1x Enlight 8u Rackmount Server Case
    (1x 900w Triple-redundant main power supply, 1x 450w Standard aux power supply)
    4x 80mm High-speed fans in Enlight Case
    2x 60mm High-speed fans in Enlight Case
    3x 70mm High-speed fans in Norco Case

    Note: Only the 150Gb Raptor has been "Added" to the WHS sotrage pool, all other drives have either been setup in hardware RAID and added as normal shares, or have been left as just single JBOD drives and added as normal shares.
    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 8:11 AM
  •  Blue_Darpa wrote:
    Intel D865GLC Socket 478 Motherboard
    (Onboard VGA, Sound, 6 USB2, Gigabit LAN, 2 IDE Channels, 2 SATA)
    Pentium 4 2.4Ghz (533FSB)
    2x 256Mb DDR400 (Dual Channel)
    1x 150Gb SATA WD Raptor (System Drive)
    1x Pioneer DVD-RW Optical Drive
    8x 250Gb IDE Western Digital Drives (In Enlight main server rackmount case)
    12x 500Gb SATA Seagate Drives (In Norco rackmount hot-swap case)
    1x ITE 8212 Raid IDE Controller
    1x ITE 8212 ATAPI IDE Controller
    1x Silicon Image 4 Port SATA Controller
    1x Norco DS-1220e 12-bay SATA 3U Rackmount Case (Hot-swap caddies with 4 port multipliers built into case)
    1x Enlight 8u Rackmount Server Case
    (1x 900w Triple-redundant main power supply, 1x 450w Standard aux power supply)
    4x 80mm High-speed fans in Enlight Case
    2x 60mm High-speed fans in Enlight Case
    3x 70mm High-speed fans in Norco Case

    Note: Only the 150Gb Raptor has been "Added" to the WHS sotrage pool, all other drives have either been setup in hardware RAID and added as normal shares, or have been left as just single JBOD drives and added as normal shares.


    Oh man, 8.150 Tb total capacity!

    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 10:56 AM
  • Intellistation M Pro

      2 x Xeon 2.2GHZ

      4 x 256mb RAM

      2 x 500gb (Internal ATA)

      2 x 300gb (Internal ATA)

      2 x 250gb (Internal ATA)

      1 x 160gb (Internal ATA)

      1 x DVD Rom


    External eSATA enclosure

      5 x 500gb (SATA II)


    4.33TB in WHS

    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 10:59 AM
  •  ChristianJohansson wrote:

    Blue_Darpa wrote:
    Intel D865GLC Socket 478 Motherboard
    (Onboard VGA, Sound, 6 USB2, Gigabit LAN, 2 IDE Channels, 2 SATA)
    Pentium 4 2.4Ghz (533FSB)
    2x 256Mb DDR400 (Dual Channel)
    1x 150Gb SATA WD Raptor (System Drive)
    1x Pioneer DVD-RW Optical Drive
    8x 250Gb IDE Western Digital Drives (In Enlight main server rackmount case)
    12x 500Gb SATA Seagate Drives (In Norco rackmount hot-swap case)
    1x ITE 8212 Raid IDE Controller
    1x ITE 8212 ATAPI IDE Controller
    1x Silicon Image 4 Port SATA Controller
    1x Norco DS-1220e 12-bay SATA 3U Rackmount Case (Hot-swap caddies with 4 port multipliers built into case)
    1x Enlight 8u Rackmount Server Case
    (1x 900w Triple-redundant main power supply, 1x 450w Standard aux power supply)
    4x 80mm High-speed fans in Enlight Case
    2x 60mm High-speed fans in Enlight Case
    3x 70mm High-speed fans in Norco Case

    Note: Only the 150Gb Raptor has been "Added" to the WHS sotrage pool, all other drives have either been setup in hardware RAID and added as normal shares, or have been left as just single JBOD drives and added as normal shares.

    Oh man, 8.150 Tb total capacity!

    Actually, its closer to 7.56Gb total capacity...
    And the reason for not "adding" the 20 sotrage drives to the WHS storage pool is that if for any reason WHS dies, or Microsoft ever can the product, or I decide to stop using it, I can simply install another OS on the system drive and still have full access to all of the data contained on the drives. Smile
    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 11:43 AM
  • My server:


    Intel P IV 3.0

    1 GB Kingston

    1 x 500GB Maxtor

    1 x 80 GB WD

    External 250 GB Targa (backup)

    DVD-RW Lite-On

    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 2:26 PM
  • My "Server"-System:

    AMD Sempron 64 2800+
    1.5GB Ram
    160GB S-ATA2 HD
    160GB S-ATA1 HD
    (+ 120GB, 80GB IDE HD for testing...)
    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 3:16 PM
  • I'm happy to revive my beloved dual-processor system in it's spacious full tower case.


    Lian-Li PC70 (I think) aluminum case

    Tyan Tiger MPX motherboard

    Dual Athlon MP 2000+

    1 GB Registered ECC Kingston RAM 

    ATI Radeon 9600 video card

    3com Onboard NIC

    250GB WD drive (system and Storage)

    2x160GB Maxtor drive (Storage)

    USB2.0/Firewire expansion card

    HighPoint RocketRaid 1740-SATA II RAID

    4x500GB Seagate HDD in RAID-5 (not included in Storage)


    Total capacity is 500GB in Storage, plus 1.3TB in the RAID set. I wanted to keep the RAID outside of storage as it's about half full of movies I didn't want to have to rip again. When it is full, I will be adding another RAID card or two, as there is still space for 6-8 addtitional hard drives with those handy self-cooling 5.25 bay converters.


    Once WHS was installed I tucked the box behind the couch and it's running headless, but within reach of monitor and keyboard cables if something breaks that WHS Console or Remote Desktop can't fix.



    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 7:26 PM
  • Blue_Darpa wrote:

    Not so much a home server, more a personal data centre....

    Wednesday, July 11, 2007 9:51 PM
  • Our system is based on


    Tranquil T2e chassis - fan less (silent)

    2x Samsung 500GB (SATA) HDDs in anti-vib (cooled) sub system

    512MB DDR2 (Kingston RAM)

    Custom VIA C7 powered main board

    2x Giga LAN

    4x on board USB2

    4x PCI plate USB2

    8x USB2 (on addtional PCI cards)


    Total power consumption (no external HDDs) = 36 watts !!!!


    total basic capacity - 1TB

    potential (economic hdd) capacity = 18x 500GB = 9TB

    potential (big HDDs) = 2x 500GB + 16x 1TB = 17TB



    this is the T2e-HS server.....





    Friday, July 13, 2007 4:15 PM
  • Our 2nd system is based on


    Tranquil T7 tiny chassis - fan less (silent)

    1x Internal 80GB

    512MB DDR2 (Kingston RAM)

    Custom VIA C7 powered main board

    2x Giga LAN

    4x on board USB2

    4x custom USB2


    Total power consumption (no external HDDs) = 21 watts !!!!


    total basic capacity - 80GB

    potential (economic hdd) capacity = 8x 500GB = 4TB

    potential (big HDDs) = 8x 1TB = 8TB



    this is the T7-HS server.....

    Friday, July 13, 2007 4:18 PM
  • how do you find the PCI USB card - with 4x drives attached - any performance bottlenecks ?



    Friday, July 13, 2007 4:31 PM
  • While this isn't the place for hardware vendors to be 'touting' their wares, I reckon you are building you systems down to a price by only including an 80gb internal hard drive. Don't forget that this is also the staging area for all files that are being transferred from the clients and you can well lead to size limitations for the prospective transfers.

    That is one of  the reasons that Microsoft recommend that your system drive should be your largest drive.

    Also, are you sure that the Via C7 will be able to cope with a couple of HD streams TO clients at the same time as maybe a couple of other clients are using BitTorrent and ripping a couple of movies?

    Another point, relating to another post, as a hardware/software solution vendor, you are going to have to provide a method for your customers to identify all these USB attached drives. I see other companies are managing this, I guess with proprietry solutions, HP are using LED's, how are you going to implement it?



    Friday, July 13, 2007 5:53 PM
  • Tranquil,


    Those two systems sound sweet!  I have to agree with the comment, though, that you'll need to offer larger hard disks initially, and you may want to see about getting an intel dual-core system (if possible).


    Do you sell to the US?

    Friday, July 13, 2007 6:58 PM
  • JK


    at present we are 'listening' to what an ideal platform config may be.


    the 'baby' unit may well be fitted with a 500GB HDD, after some appreciated feedback, but this has to be evaluated.


    we do ship to US - but these HS units will be be shipping until Aug 2007.



    thanks again, for valued feedback.

    Saturday, July 14, 2007 11:19 AM
  • AMD 3200+


    2GB RAM

    4 X 500GB SATA II Disk with Kingwin External Enclosures


    Future upgrade will be a X2 Processor....



    Sunday, July 15, 2007 11:23 PM
  • Reading about some of the monster systems people are running makes my "Frankenserver" (so named because the power supply is too large for the micro-ATX case and sticks out the top) seem quite meager.


    It's a 1.3GHz AMD Duron on a all-in-one Shuttle micro-ATX motherboard with 512MB PC-133 memory and a generic Realtek-based gigabit NIC. Storage is from a 160GB Seagate ATA-100 drive connected to a Promise Ultra 133 controller as the motherboard doesn't support 48-bit LBA for large drives. I also have a USB2/Firewire card to go in when I'm ready to start expanding storage.

    Monday, July 16, 2007 8:46 PM
  • I've got:

    Intel D945GCCRL Socket Motherboard
    Sapphire x1650Pro PCIe
    Intel Celeron D 346 3.06Ghz
    Ultra 512MB PC4200 DDR2 533MHz
    Western Digital IDE 250 Gig
    Seagate SATA 500 Gig
    Nec IDE 16x DVD-+R/RW

    Ideally I will swap out the IDE hard drive with another SATA 500.  The system will support up to 4 SATA devices, which I think allows for plenty of future hard drive expansion.  Although not meant as a media server, I think the WHS could make an excellent one and I hope to expand on that functionality as more and more people push the OS to the limit. 
    Tuesday, July 17, 2007 12:18 AM
  • I'm running close to the same motherboard, have the 6150BK8MC from Foxconn with the same 430 chip. I'm trying to load WHS on the RAID 5 just from a usb jump drive and it looks like it takes it then reboots in the text mode of WHS install and after that BSOD. Can you provide a link of what driver version you used of the nvraid? I'm assuming you installed WHS on the RAID 5 as well. If you have any other comments of suggestions on the install process please feel free.

    Tuesday, July 17, 2007 4:57 AM
  •  MSI K8MM3-V mainbord with lan and vga onboard.

    Turion64 MT34 cpu. 1,8 Ghz 1,4V core load. 0,8 Ghz 1V core idle. (AMD PowerNow).

    2* 512 Mb. Cosair Pc 3200 ram.

    2,5" 160Gb. Samsung notebook drive (primary C and D).

    3,5" 200Gb. Samsung Satall Drive.

    3,5" 320Gb. Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 drive.

    3,5" 320Gb. Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 drive.

    3,5" 400Gb. Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 drive.

    Total storage 1400 Gb.


    Powerconsumption on the wall outlet 71 Watts load. 41 Watts Idle.



    Sunday, July 22, 2007 7:08 AM
  • Dell PowerEdge 400SC (shipped by Dell as a server).

    Intel P4 @ 2.26Ghz

    768MB RAM

    160 & 320GB drives (WHS installed to the 320).


    This system is *extremely* quiet - unless you stick your ear to it, you can't tell it's on.  This system has previously been a Red Hat Enterprise Linux server (used for my RHCE training) and so far it hasn't gotten mad that it's been turned into a WHS :-)




    Sunday, July 22, 2007 2:48 PM

    • AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 processor
    • 2 off SAMSUNG SpinPoint T166 HD501LJ 500gb drives
    • Asus M2NPV-MX motherboard 
    • 2gb DDR2 ram
    • Antec Sonata III case With 500W EarthWatts PSU (80PLUS® certified)

    building this week!

    looking forward to trying whs Smile

    Monday, July 23, 2007 3:38 AM
  • A few years ago I purchased the Intel "Bonham" (S815EBM) m-ATX mobo with a 1U rackmount enclosure. Everything fine except that the whine of the fans and power supply made it unsuitable for polite conversation. So I installed the mobo in an inexpensive Antec minitower, worked on the fans and PS noise levels. Now I have the WHS in the living room and no complaints. Five PC's connected.


    I originally built the server to work with BizTalk. BizTalk now needs much more power and memory. So I am looking at a new Xeon mobo.


    --- my WHS -----

    Intel S815EBM M-ATX with Video and LAN mobo

    Intel 1.26 GHz Pentium III 512 KB cache with Intel fan & heatsink

    512MB Crucial PC133 CL=3 unbuffered memory (max supported amount).

    Adaptec USB 2.0 add-in card (the S815EBM only had USB 1.1)

    one 80 GB PATA drive (WD)

    one 160 GB Seagate PATA drive

    Toshiba DVD/CD-RW combo.


    I have Verizon 3.3 Mbps DSL with a Westell Versalink router thate has to be configured "the UNIX way" (manuallly) for WHS.


    WHS rocks. Really useful, stable and well thought out. For video, music and documents. Awesome backup (not 100% glitch-free yet but close). Client software so easy to install on XP and Vista.




    Thursday, July 26, 2007 3:38 AM

    My server ...

    Intel DG965OH, using integrated gfx, GbE & all 6 SATA ports

    Core 2 Duo 2.93Ghz

    2GB DDR2-800

    Old Hitachi DVD-ROM

    Sil3112 2-port SATA card

    3 x 160GB Seagate SATA drives

    4 x 400GB Maxtor SATA drives

    550W Delta PSU

    All housed in an old Supermicro SC-742S server case.

    Thursday, July 26, 2007 3:53 AM
  • My server is


    P4 2.6 ghz

    1 Gb Ram

    2 x 250 Gb

    1 x 120 Gb

    DVD Writer


    media inface sd card etc


    and downloading WHS as we speak .


    Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:57 PM
  • I'll bite


    For WHS:

    • Gigabyte GA-8VM800PMD-775 motherboard
    • DDR2 533 MHz RAM (2 x 512 MB)
    • Pentium D 930
    • 300 W PSU
    • 1 x 100 GB HD
    • 1 x 80 GB HD
    • 1 x 160 GB
    • 1 x 320 GB
    • 3½ Floppy disk drive
    • D-link DGE-530T Gigabit NIC
    • onboard video and sound (disabled sound)
    • looking to add a 500 GB HD. I'll get the HD with the OEM media when the OEM DVD/CD goes on sale.


    • HP Turion64 x2 laptop (Vista)
    • Acer Tablet PC (XP)
    • Core 2 Duo desktop (Vista)
    • Dell P4 2.8 HT desktop (XP)
    • XBOX 360
    Saturday, July 28, 2007 1:34 AM
  • Here's mine:

    Dell Dimension 4500
    P4 2.0 GHz
    1GB RAM (upgraded from 512MB)

    Internal storage:
    Western Digital 250GB (boot drive)
    Western Digital 100GB (slave drive)

    External storage (via USB):
    Western Digital 250GB
    Western Digital 500GB My Book 2
    Monday, July 30, 2007 9:10 PM
  • My Server:

    AMD Athlon 64 3500+, 2,2 GHz
    Asus A8N-E nForce4 Ultra
    2 GB DDR-RAM
    1x Western Digital 500 GB
    1x Western Digital 320 GB
    2x Western Digital 250 GB
    2x Western Digital 120 GB
    Intel PRO/1000 GT NIC
    Wednesday, August 1, 2007 11:08 AM
  • I built the server and installed RC1 about 3 weeks ago, and I've been gradually ramping up the storage and usage with only minor glitches.



    MB: ASUS M2NBP-VM CSM (NVIDIA 210S video, 1gb eth, 4x SATA2, 2x PATA)

    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (65w)

    Mem: 2x 1GB DDR2 667MHz

    System Disk:

    Seagate 120GB SATA

    Internal Disks:

    Samsung 500GB SATA2

    3x Maxtor 120GB EIDE

    External Disks:

    Cavalry 500GB eSATA2


    I scavanged a system box and power supply, so total outlay other than disks was around $190.



    DIY AMD Athlon 64 running 64bit Vista Ultimate (no backups, unfortunately)

    Dell XPS 410 (Intel Core2 Duo) running 32bit Vista Business

    Dell Intel P4 running Vista Home Premium

    2 Intel notebooks running Windows XP Pro


    The XPS-410 and notebooks are on a wireless network.



    Friday, August 3, 2007 9:42 AM
  • Athlon XP1800

    ECS K7S5A

    500MB Ram

    Seagate 300GB IDE

    Samsung 80GB IDE

    Radeon 9100

    Some old white box w/generic 300 watt PSU :-)


    Saturday, August 4, 2007 4:21 AM
  • PIII 1000mhz

    768MB pc133 sdram

    Geforce2 MX

    1*320GB PATA WD

    1*160GB PATA WD

    1*320GB SATA Seagate



    Wednesday, August 8, 2007 6:11 PM

    Athlon XP2500+

    1.5Gb PC3200

    (3) WD EIDE 500Gb hard disks

    Gigabit networking adapter

    DVD-ROM drive

    Friday, August 10, 2007 1:46 PM

    OK so I decided to look for a lower power option.  I got a Dell GX60 that had a 2ghz Celeron replaced it with a 2.8 p4.  added a 1 gig of pc3200 and added a sata pci card, had to take off the riser to get the case to close.  replaced the HDD with a 500 gig HDD and ran cables for a second 500 gig HDD out the back.  Yes the second hdd is sitting on top the case I used double sided sticky tape to secure it.  I am going to add a few more 500 gig drives but I don’t want to over load the p.s.  So far its running great.  And my power bill should be a little better.  I am also running u-torrent on this system Wink

    Friday, August 10, 2007 2:09 PM
  • Thought I would contribute to this thread since it helped me when I first visited the board.....



    Broadway Com Corp 808PA-BKGY Black/ Gray Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 450W Power Supply -- cheap case... actually, I replaced this powersupply with my antec I had on the shelf... I'll use this 450 as a spare.  Seems cheap though.. lol... but the case came with three 80 fans... can't beat that for $32. 


    AMD Athlon 64 X2 4000+ Brisbane 2.1GHz Socket AM2 Processor


    Foxconn A690GM2MA-8KRS2H AM2 AMD 690G Micro ATX AMD Motherboard - works great... CD had all drivers... no issues.


    A-DATA 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory


    NETGEAR GS105 10/100/1000Mbps ProSafe Gigabit Desktop Switch -- Moving to Gigabit is like going from day to night... I can't really believe how fast it is.... I was debating on if I should purchase this or not... glad I did, the speed increase is amazing. 


    Had a 320 GB SATA HD... will get a 500 GB drive once home server ships.... 



    Saturday, September 1, 2007 5:06 AM
  • My Closet Server (it's really in the closet) is made up of a older Dell Pentium 4 1.8 Ghz minus the original case, with 1gig of Rambus memory and a 300 gig hard drive, all of that is thrown into a free after rebate case (fitting a dell board into a cheap case was a little crazy).  The server has been up and running for over six months and still going strong. My next homeserver is going to be custom made downsizing to the smallest form factor possible.
    Saturday, September 1, 2007 12:51 PM
  • Abit NF7-S2G mobo

    Athlon XP 2500+

    1.5GB Ram

    2 Rosewill RC-209 4 port Sata controllers

    2 Seagate 500GB drives

    2 Samsung 500GB Drives

    1 Seagate 150GB Drive

    All in Wonder 8500DV

    GB Lan

    Lite-On DVDRW


    Saturday, September 1, 2007 4:24 PM
  • After what I saw like piece of hardware, I'm a little bit shy to open my server's hood on this thread... Anyway, please don't laugh!!!


    QDI Advance 9


    256 Mo PC-133

    ATI Rage Pro Turbo 4 Mo

    WD 80 Go PATA


    USB 2.0 Add-on card w 4 ports

    WD External drive 250 Go PATA


    NIC Card 10/100


    I put up this machine with extra parts I had from different computers and believe it or not it works really fine. I can finally access my files when I'm away from home and it was my goal.


    Wednesday, September 5, 2007 8:26 PM
  • Klode, that sounds like a really neat setup.  I love seeing what people can do with less than top-of-the-line equipment and WHS!  I posted my system towards the beginning of this thread, but simply put, it's a Dell GX150 in a slimline case (1.0 GHz PIII), 512M RAM, a USB 2.0 add-on card with 4 ports, WD 80 Gb PATA inside and a WD 250Gb external in a USB case.  I got the Dell because it was for sale for $100 and I figured when I was finished with WHS I could use it to learn Linux.


    So far it's just been used for backup.  While I have music stored on it, I haven't really tried pushing it as a media server.  I'm thinking I may buy WHS for real when it comes out -- gotta wait and see what the pricing is -- then I'll move the drives to a bigger case with more room to expand.  Can't move the motherboard because it uses risers for expansion cards, so it won't fit in a regular case.



    Monday, September 10, 2007 8:17 PM
  • I have butchered an old emachine.


    P4 - 2.0Ghz


    1/2 Gig RAM


    Original 80 Gb Seagate IDE


    New 320 Gb Seagate IDE


    Original CD/DVD Drive


    Original FDD


    Running sweet as a nut.



    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 1:08 PM

    I am curious to why you would want to downsize to a small form factor when building a fileserver. Where will you add hard drives?
    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 1:45 PM
  •  PAPutzback247814 wrote:


    I am curious to why you would want to downsize to a small form factor when building a fileserver. Where will you add hard drives?


    To quote my teen-aged daughter:


    "Well, gee, Dad, it's...

    Well, I ...

    I mean, just look at...

    <rolls eyes> Oh, you just wouldn't understand it!"


    Kidding aside, there are those automobile enthusiasts who enjoy outfitting the latest and greatest muscle car with every pound of power that money can buy, and making sure everyone knows this is a machine without mercy.  Then there are those of us who like to see if they can fit a Ferrari engine into a Mini and watch the faces of the cops as we pass them ...


     zoom zoom...


    Tuesday, September 11, 2007 2:11 PM
  • Used some old parts to build my WHS:
    Athlon XP 1600+ CPU
    ECS K7S5A mobo
    512MB SDRAM
    1x Seagate 160GB IDE HDD (boot drive)
    1x Maxtor 40GB IDE HDD
    Geforce MX440 AGP video card
    All wrapped up in an Atech Flash AFT6551 ATX tower case

    The server runs great and the case gives me room to expand when I need to add some more storage.
    Wednesday, September 12, 2007 12:23 AM
  • mb = Foxconn K8M890M2MA-RS2H onboard video
    chip = AMD ATHLON X2 BE-2300  45watts
    ram = 1gb DDR2
    2 x 320gb Maxtor IDE
    1 x 120gb Samsung IDE
    1 x 250gb WD external usb
    Old case 3 x 5" and 5 x 3.5" bays.

    All I need now is the software!
    Wednesday, September 12, 2007 9:17 PM
  • My server:


    Processor: Intel Core 2 duo 6400: 2.13Ghz
    Motherboard: Intel DP35DP

    Memory: 2 Gigabytes Kingston PC5400 Dual Chanel

    Network: Intel® 82566DC Gigabit Ethernet Controller

    Case: Thermaltake Armor VA 8000 Series Super Tower

    Power Supply: Thermaltake PurePower 680-Watt

    Disk Drives:

    1 Pioneer DVD/RW

    3 WD 500GB SATA (WHS installed on one of them)

    2 WD 320GB SATA

    Total Storage= 1.95 TB

    Free Space=1.1 TB


    Sunday, September 16, 2007 4:22 AM
  • My server is basically my old last AGP machine...


    It consists of:

    • Intel D865PERLL (On-board nic disabled)
    • Intel P4 3.2GHz (HT/1MB)
    • 2GB PC3200 (Corsair 512MB x 2/Kingston 512MB x 2)
    • Maxtor 500GB (SATAII/16MB/OS)
    • Western Digital 250GB (SATA/8MB)
    • Maxtor 200GB (ATA/16MB)
    • Western Digital 160GB (ATA/8MB) Soon to be removed for TiVo hard drive upgrade. Will be replaced by current upgraded hard drive from TiVo, Western Digital 120GB (ATA/8MB)
    • Antec SX1030 old school server case
    • Netgear GA311 (GB NIC)

    Looking at upgrading my current (first PCI-X) machine so these items might be moved around.

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007 1:52 AM
  • AMD Athlon 64 3000+ with Coolermaster Hyper6 without fan
    Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 9 IDE 120G+ST 7200.7 IDE 160G (going to buy 2 500G SATA at Christmas)
    Corsair DDR400 512M * 4
    S3 Trio32/64 with 1M display memory
    FSP 350W PSU with 12cm fan.

    Tuesday, September 18, 2007 8:25 AM

    Dell OptiPlex GX240

    1.7ghz Pentium 4

    512 MB

    LG CD-ROM CRD-8482B

    3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]

    Intel(R) 82801BA Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 244B
    HD1[Int]: ST3160812A Seagate Barracuda 7200.9 160GB ATA/100 8MB Cache 7200 RPM

    HD2[Ext]: Western Digital WD-3200JS 320GB 8MB 8.9ms 7200rpm SATA II [MyBook]

    HD3[Ext]: Western Digital WD1600BB-55GUA0 160GB [Generic]

    3Com 3C920 Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller (3C905CTX Compatible)

    VIA Combo Card
    * VIA OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
    * VIA Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller (2x) (To get USB 2.0 since the Optiplex MB only supported USB 1.0)

    RAGE 128 PRO Ultra GL AGP (Microsoft Corporation) [Display adapter]

    APC Battery BackUP


    Original In-Service Date: Oct-2001

    WHS In-Service Date: Feb-2007 [Beta 2 -- CTP -- RC]


    Currently Headless (Only connected to Monitor, KB and Mouse for upgrades.)

    Spent a total of $120 on this setup, the VIA combo card and the WD MyBook Ext Drive.

    Saturday, September 22, 2007 12:44 AM
  • Due to the crappy network performace I am getting from this setup, I may be switching out for an Intel board/proc, but for now, this is what I scavanged (minus the storage pool drives):


    Opteron 170 (s939)

    Asus A8R32-MVP

    2 gigs o' DDR

    ATI X300 (1x pci-e)

    1 x WD 250 gig 7200rpm SATA (system)

    3 x WD 750 gig 7200rpm SATA (storage)

    Lian-Li V2000

    Enermax 450w


    The board has 2 gigabit ports. One runs off the PCI bus, and another off the PCI-E bus. I've been getting 10 MB/s transfers across my all gigabit network, so I'm not sure if that is because of the ATI chipset on the mobo, but it's getting quite frustrating. Network utilization ping-pongs between 0 MB/s and 30-40 MB/s, with an average over time of 10 MB/s.


    Saturday, September 22, 2007 6:20 PM
  • Here's my projected server once the product is released:

    Asus A7N8X-X mobo (nForce 415 Socket A)

    Duron 1.8GHz (based on T-Bred Athlon XP)

    512MB of RAM (DDR266)

    2x160GB 7200RPM ATA/100 drives (Maxtor & WD)

    1x80GB 7200RPM drive from old PC

    1x30GB 7200RPM drive (WD)

    Radeon 7500 video card

    Sunday, September 23, 2007 3:39 AM
  • Some old & new parts put together:

    Asus motherboard
    Intel P4 3.06Ghz
    2GBs Ram
    ATI 9600xt video card
    2x - 750GB HD
    2x - 120GB HD
    2x - 200GB HD

    At first I had 6x 120 drives but caught a sale from newegg to get the  750 drives and took down my external drives to get the 200 drives.  right now I'm pushing about 2TBs worth of space.
    Sunday, September 23, 2007 5:42 AM
  • My WHS setup...


    AMD Sempron 3000 (1.8GHz)

    1 Gb RAM

    VIA Networking Velocity Family Giga-Bit NIC



    3 x Samsung 250Gb HDD (USB)

    2 x Western Digital HDD

    1 x Samsung 20Gb HDD (USB)

    1 x Maxtor 300Gb HDD

    1 x Western Digital 200Gb HDD (USB)

    Total Storage = 1.3Tb


    Unsure of MOBO but utilise onboard video as the unit is headless




    Sunday, September 23, 2007 7:27 AM
  • Here is my server


    Intel 7210 entry level serverboard w/  2 onboard NIC 1GB connectors

    2 - SIL 3124 PCI-X Multilane SATA Controllers (Multilane connections)

    Intel Pentium PPG478 3.0GH Processor (1 MG Cache)

    8 Seagate 320GB Sata II Drives in external hot swap rack mount case

    1 PCI USB Controller (4 external/ 2 internal)

    2 GB Kingston PC4000 Hyper-X memory (4X512MB Modules)

    Matrix Orbital VFD Display

    SIIG 9-in 1 Card/Floppy disk

    Ark Tech 400 SB Server rack mount case

    Antec 500 Power supply

    Zalman 7000 CPU Cooler

    DVD Drive (IDE onboard connected)

    Hardcano SE Fan Controller


    Software installed, tested and working on the Server 2003 interface:


    Nero 6 Burning software (Very Stripped Down, only burning rom application)

    VFD software (mentioned in VFD post)

    Intel Control Panel (monitor system temps)







    Monday, September 24, 2007 1:12 PM
  • Configuration is as follows.  Slight overkill but what the heck.


    Intel Dual Core E4300

    Gigabyte G965

    2 Gigs of DDR2

    500 Gig Primary

    600W Thermaltake supply

    4 x 750 gig WD

    1 x 750 eSata external


    Tuesday, September 25, 2007 5:16 AM
  • dell poweredge

    2-2.4 xeon dual quad core

    4096 ddr2100 ecc

    3-36 scsi 15k raid0

    14-147 scsi 10k split up into 3 arrays all raid5

    I love my it guy


    Sunday, September 30, 2007 3:05 AM
  • I am really curious about the Pundit P3-PH4.  I am looking to build a WHS myself and the P3-PH5 barebones looks like a good option.  The only thing that concerns me is noise.  Is the P3-PH4 noisy?  Does anyone have any info on the PH5?

    Thursday, October 4, 2007 12:47 AM
  • Main System

    Full Tower case with 550W power supply

    ABIT KN8 Ultra

    AMD 3200+

    2G RAM

    1 x 320 G Samsung Primary Drive

    3 x 500 G Samsung

    1 eSATA controller 2 ports (PM compatible, base driver)


    In a CD Duplicator case 600W power supply

    2 x 5 in 3 SATA backplane

    2 Port multipliers

    5 x 250 G Maxtor

    3 x 250 G Samsung

    2 x 500 G WD

    1 x 500 G Seagate FreeAgent external drive

    1 x 500 G Lacie external drive


    Current total capacity 5 TB.  Used to store ripped DVDs, captured OTA programs, songs, pictures.  All folders duplicated.


    Planned upgrades

    CD duplicator to house 4 x 5 in 3 SATA backplanes for 20 drives total.

    One more PM compatible eSATA controller and PM

    One 4 port interal SATA controller.

    Add 5 in 3 SATA backplane to mainsystem and increase drives to 6 total.

    SATA controllers do not need to be RAID able as I intend to stay with WHS.



    Thursday, October 4, 2007 4:46 PM
  • Shuttle SS31T

    Celeron D 3,06 Ghz

    2 GB Ram

    160 GB Samsung PATA ( System )

    3 in 2 SATA Backplane

    3x 500GB Seagate SATA

    3 port SATA controller

    Tuesday, October 9, 2007 4:09 PM
  • Lots of stuff laying around


    Supermicro X5DA8- SCSI SERVER was watercooled, now air cooled in basement

    Supermicro Hot swap triple redundant PSU's - 600 watts

    Hot Swap SCSI's Was a raid 5 system, by the way that worked also as a raid

    CPU's -Dual Xeon's

    Memory -  2 Gig Ram

    Video - Radion X1950

    SCSI Drives-------

    1-147 gig SCSI - WHS C: system Drive

    6 - 34 Gig SCSI Data

    Pata Drives -------

    1-500 Gid Maxtor Pata internal

    4 - Maxtor 500 Gig USB 2 External in a cheap but good case from Ebay


    1 - WD my book 500 gig on USB Port


    Loaded WHS on 1st SCSI and after install added rest one at a time, Runs Perfect !


    Approx 3TB



    Wednesday, October 10, 2007 1:19 AM
  • My Server:


    Dell P4 Motherboard (old Dell 4700 machine)

    P4 2.8HT

    1GB DDR400

    Radeon 9800 Pro

    (2) WD 500GB SATA

    (2) Seagate 250GB IDE

    (1) WD 400GB External USB (Added to pool)

    Ultra X-Finity 500 Watt PS

    Ultra Mid-Tower Case

    Saturday, October 13, 2007 2:03 PM
  • Just received yesterday 1830 CST:


    AMD Opteron 1214 (Dual core 2.2 GHz)


    2 GB Kingston DDR2 kit (ECC unbuffered)

    Antec Titan 650 case

    2 500 GB SATA II drives

    2 250 GB SATA II drives

    Window Home Server OEM


    Big, ugly, works like a dream since 1430 today

    Sunday, October 14, 2007 3:54 AM
  • Since the question may be at least somewhat germane to a discussion elsewhere in the forums, I have overcome my usual aversion to this sort of "brag list":

    My production WHS consists of:
    • PC Chips M848A motherboard, which was the cheapest thing I could find with Socket A and Windows Server 2003 drivers at the time.
    • AMD Athlon XP 3000+ CPU, which was left over from a dead system.
    • 1 GB of no-name DDR 266 RAM, also left over.
    • Assorted internal hard drives, 2x 160 GB and 3x 120 GB, all IDE. All left over from that same dead system. Beginning to see a theme?
    • Promise SX 4000 lite RAID HBA, Also left over.
    • No-name PCI gigabit NIC. Not left over, the dead motherboard in the previous system had an integrated gigabit NIC, but the cheap-*ss MB I replaced it with didn't. Chosen because it was cheap, and had Windows Server 2003 drivers available.
    • The video card doesn't matter because I've never bothered to install a driver for it.
    • 1 external 320 GB USB 2.0 drive, which is a Maxtor in a no-name (oh, look! Another theme!) case.
    One 160 GB drive is connected to a MB IDE channel, the other 4 are connected to the Promise HBA.

    This server has run flawlessly since February. It is the worst sort of Frankenserver; the additional components I acquired to complete it were selected purely on the bases of cost and physical compatibility with hardware I already had. I gave not a moment's thought to whether inexpensive or old parts might be the right thing to use...
    Monday, October 15, 2007 10:04 PM
  • Used Dell Dimension 2400 (2.4 GHz)

    1 GB RAM

    1 250 GB WD Hard Drive

    Will add more hard drives as needed

    Possibly add more RAM if I have any in stock

    Old Lynksys NIC


    Total outlay of cash - $89 for hard drive and $50 for used system.

    Since my mobo has a gigabit NIC onboard, I'll upgrade the Router, WHS NIC and the wireless NICs in my two desktops and my laptop.


    Healthy outlay of cash, but should keep me in business for a long while to come. And my data is worth it.

    Monday, October 15, 2007 11:04 PM
  • Hello, this is my 1st post on this forum. I take advantage of this post to thank forum participants for all the good stuff I found here.


    I've been a happy user of WHS for 2 weeks now. It took me some time to figure out what would be the best hardware to support this server. I ended up buying a "average modern" set of components, and I must admit today I'm happy with my choice:

    Before, I would backup my data (from 3 home PCs) by duplicating it on various HDD (external / internal). It was ok but very messy.

    Today, all my data is properly backed up in my unique WHS box, and I realize only now how important this box has become in my home network! It is the unique place where all my music/pictures/videos are stored...

    That is why I think one should consider what is the main purpose of this box: media sharing, backup, etc.

    I would be affraid of running WHS on old HW that could fail anytime.

    As far as I'm concerned, I will add a UPS ASAP to add a level of security to my beloved data.

    Thursday, October 18, 2007 12:23 AM
  • I build and repair my own computers, so I have no fear of using older equipment. I have an old PIII, 733 MB processor, 512 GB RAM and a 40 MB hard drive that I built back when PIIIs were on the market. She's taken a licking from me, was donated to a friend who didn't have money for a new computer, came back to me when I "upgraded" the same friend to a P4, 2.4 GHz processor with 1 GB RAM and a 120 GB hard drive. She still has her original copy of Windows XP onboard, and still works great.


    I have a 3.2 GHz P4 setup, this Dual Core 2 Duo 6400 setup and a 2.4 GHz processor laptop. All except the laptop have various older parts in them, since I don't throw away anything I can still use. Each time I upgrade, if the DVD/CD drives are still current, I keep them active. I even have an old Zip Drive in this Core 2 Duo machine and it works!


    I did put a brand new hard drive in the Dell Dimension I'm using for WHS, but the rest of it is fine. Besides, I do keep my most important stuff on DVD and/or CD, as well as on both my computer and the server.

    Thursday, October 18, 2007 1:29 AM
  • My WHS:

    With the exception of 2 hard drives, I built my WHS using discards.  I have an extremely limited discretionary budget.  When I first saw this thread I was ashamed to post about in this thread, but what the heck; some should get a good laugh.

    Mobo: ECS L4VXA2 REV 1.0 A (BIOS Version is 1.1e, newest from ECS site)

    CPU:      2 GHz P4

    RAM:  1 GB PC2600 DDR

    HDD Controller: SIIG S4v010028917 which WHS sees as CMD PCI-0649 Ultra DMA IDE controller.  It is working, I’m not going to try to fix it.

    2 Seagate 320 GB HDD ST320620A (both on Mobo IDE 1)
    Western Digital 40 GB HDD WDC WD400BB-32CL0 (on
    HDD Controller channel 1)
    Western Digital 40 GB HDD WDC WD400JB-00ENA0 (on HDD Controller channel 1)

    Optical Drives:
    Pioneer CDD DVD-ROM DVD-106 (on Mobo IDE 2)
    Philips CDD4851 CD-R/RW (on Mobo IDE 2)(I’m not sure why I put it in, it was there.  I figure it is better to have it and to want it than want it and not have it.)

    Video: nVidia GeForce FX 5200 256 MB Display adapter.

    NIC:   onboard NIC VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter.

    Sound: onboard Vinyl AC’97

    CASE:    The case is no great shakes.  It has 4 exposed 5 ¼ 2 exposed 3 ½ and 2 internal 3 ½ inch bays.  Two of the 4 HDDs are mounted in the 5 ¼ bays and one of those is pretty much unsupported (only mounted on 1 edge).  There is 1 rear panel fan.  The hot spot it where the WD drives are mounted; they are running 120° F.  Clearly I need a new case.  I’ll be looking for something with low velocity high volume fans, 6-8 internal 3 ½ inch bays (with their own cooling).

    Power Supply: No markings I can see, I’ll replace it with an Antec 80 plus power supply with PF correction.


    Tuesday, October 23, 2007 6:52 AM
  • My WHS FrankenBox:


    gigantic Lian-Li full tower aluminum chassis I had laying around, fitted with two x Supermicro CSE-M35T-1 mobile drive racks (five removable SATA drive sleds in each 3-drive-bay-sized rack, for a total of ten hot-swappable SATA bays)


    Enermax 600W power supply


    Supermicro X5DAL-TG2 mobo with 2 x 3.06GHz P4 Xeon CPUs and 4GB RAM


    Supermicro AOC-SAT2-MV8 8-port PCI-X SATA controller



    I cabled the two on-mobo SATA ports to two of the drive bays to use for my system disk... I run two x 250GB Maxtor SATA drives in RAID 1 (mirrored) using the on-mobo SiI3112 RAID controller


    The other eight bays are cabled to the 8-port controller for data drives... bays are currently filled with eight x 1TB Seagate SATA drives





    Thursday, October 25, 2007 5:48 AM
  • Hi,


    Here is my setup, built to lower powerconsumption. I know that I can do more to save power, but this is fine for me at the moment. Also, I wanted a small case in order to put it in a closet ! You can see some pictures here...



    - 1 A+ Blockbuster Storm case : for the large on top (20" ?) and 12" rear fans regulated... aka temperature in the closet, and the 3 places for 3.5" drives.

    - 1 Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R : 6 SATA II ports, 1Gbyte/s NIC, and for the RAID controller and perhaps overclocking if both needed.
    - 1 Intel Core 2 Duo E2140 : for the consumption, and the posibility to have a good overclock perhaps.
    - 1 Cooler Master Vortax 752 : for its size and its cooling capabilities... and the Intel PWM connector for the noise.
    - 1 Corsair 2x1Go XMS2 PC6400 CAS4 : standard for FSB 800 Mhz.
    - 1 Seasonic M12-500 : silent, cool and very stable... and in order not to put all the cables in the box ! lol
    - 1 SAMSUNG P80 80Go : primary drive... was on my desk doing nothing for 1 year now... and silent disk !
    - 2 SAMSUNG T166 500Go : 2 secondary drives... because they're very silent disks !
    - 1 NEC DVD burner : because needed to install... but not very silent when used.

    ...which brings me to 1,06 To... Enough for me at the moment.


    Just installed WHS and still working on its setting (as you can see my problems in the forum... lol). Then, I will remove the screen, the keyboard and the mouse... and forget it in the closet (hope so !).



    Thursday, October 25, 2007 1:07 PM


    Asus P3B-F  with Intel 440BX (one of the most stable chipsets of all time, hence perfect for server use)

    Intel PIII 1.1 Ghz (WHS also ran on PIII 500 Mhz)

    512 MB PC100 SDRAM

    Nvidia Vanta GFX card

    Maxtor 80 GB

    Seagate 250 GB (only part that I bought deliberately for WHS)

    Realtek RTL8139 PCI ethernet


    System runs extremely well and has low power consumption. A good way to keep an older pc useful for years to come. Which is why strongly oppose MS's "OEM-only" policy.


    Saturday, October 27, 2007 12:53 PM
  • I reused one of my old PCs that had reached its EOL:

    P4 2.4Ghz (Northwood)
    1GB Corsair RAM
    1 320GB Seagate 7200.10 (primary) (IDE 0) (got a bare drive for $73 w/ free shipping)
    1 80GB WD secondary (IDE 0)
    1 300GB Seagate 7200.9 connected via Firewire.

    All in an Antec P180 case with a PC Power and Cooling Silencer PSU.

    Working pretty good....

    Sunday, October 28, 2007 9:44 PM
  • EPOX EP-9NPA3+Ultra Motherboard

    AMD 64 4000+ CPU

    3GB Corsair RAM

    Sony DVD R/RW

    1 x 400gb IDE Maxtor

    2 x 300gb SATA Maxtor

    1 x 750gb SATA Seagate

    Intel PRO/1000 NIC

    400w PSU

    Antec mini-tower case


    No compliants so far!  Will probably add one more 750gb SATA drive when I aproach 75% utilization.  I am at 50% at the moment.  Besides nightly backups, used as a media server also for Recorded TV, Videos, Music Family PIX and Family Videos all displayed on three Vista Media Centers throughout the house.


    Tuesday, October 30, 2007 2:56 PM
  •  Setho wrote:

    Main System

    Full Tower case with 550W power supply

    ABIT KN8 Ultra

    AMD 3200+

    2G RAM

    1 x 320 G Samsung Primary Drive

    3 x 500 G Samsung

    1 eSATA controller 2 ports (PM compatible, base driver)


    In a CD Duplicator case 600W power supply

    2 x 5 in 3 SATA backplane

    2 Port multipliers

    5 x 250 G Maxtor

    3 x 250 G Samsung

    2 x 500 G WD

    1 x 500 G Seagate FreeAgent external drive

    1 x 500 G Lacie external drive


    Current total capacity 5 TB.  Used to store ripped DVDs, captured OTA programs, songs, pictures.  All folders duplicated.


    Planned upgrades

    CD duplicator to house 4 x 5 in 3 SATA backplanes for 20 drives total.

    One more PM compatible eSATA controller and PM

    One 4 port interal SATA controller.

    Add 5 in 3 SATA backplane to mainsystem and increase drives to 6 total.

    SATA controllers do not need to be RAID able as I intend to stay with WHS.




    I'd love to see a picture of this build... maybe that is a new thread: "show your whs!"  lol


    Maybe I'm too simple, but this seems like an amazing build...

    Thursday, November 1, 2007 5:45 AM
  • Just recently completed final set up of my system. (final for now)


    Antec 900 case with 3 120mm front intake fans blowing onto 9 drives and a 220mm and 120mm exhaust fans.

    ASUS motherboard taken out from HP A1600n system

    AMD 3800+

    550 watt power supply

    1 gig ram (2x512)

    3 x 500 gb Seagate sata drives

    2 x 500 gb Maxtor pata drives

    4 x 750 gb Seagate pata drives

    *Total capacity:  5.5 GB in drive manufacturers world and 5 GB in computer world.  52% currently filled.

    SIIG UltraATA 133 PCI controller card.  PC won't boot with 750gb drives connected to it but works fine with 500gb or smaller drives.

    Linksys 1 gigabit network card.


    CyberPower 1200 UPS


    WHS is connected to DLink DIR-655 gigabit router, servicing 3 laptops and 1 imac, all wireless and have no problem so far streaming video and music to multiple devices at once.


    5 case fans are using 5,6 watts of power but make a world of difference in cooling.  all drives are never hot to the touch and are luke warm to touch at most.  I absolutely recommend Antec 900 case for running WHS.  Drives in my previous case with 1 120mm exhaust fan were running scorching hot.  total system power use approximately 175 watts at peak and 145 watts at idle, so it's no green machine by any means.


    Have 1 sata port and 1 PCI port free for future external drive expansion.





    Friday, November 2, 2007 4:44 PM
  • AMD Sempron 64 3000+ (Socket 754)
    Biostar NF61S Micro
    2x 256 Mb DDR (generic)
    Primary HD: Seagate Baracuda 400 Gb
    Secodary HD: Western Digital 500 Gb
    No floppy or Optical drive
    Enermax Vostok case (awsome!)
    350 W power supply

    Friday, November 2, 2007 6:23 PM

    Celeron-D (315?)

    Intel DQ965GF www.intel.com/products/motherboard/DQ965GF/index.htm

    1Gb Ram (single stick)

    2x 500Gb Western Digital WD5000AAKS (SATA II)


    Old, Old Enlight Matx case upgraded to P4 matx PSU (Prob 250W)


    I will move this to a new case with more room for drives soon - Probably something ugly in the garage with some sort of drive cooling.

    Wednesday, November 7, 2007 5:27 PM

  • These were parts from different past projects, but together they make a spiffy little low-power, quiet home server:

    Asus N4L-VM motherboard with an Intel Core Duo T2400
    Highpoint Rocketraid 1820a (8-port SATA)
    1G Memory
    Primary: 1x 300G Seagate
    Secondary: 2x 300G Seagate, 2x 500GB Seagate, 2x 500GB Western Digital
    Antec P180 Case with 550W PSU
    USB DVD Burner (only hooked up when installing WHS)

    Wednesday, November 7, 2007 7:46 PM
  • This was already used as a file server (was running XP Pro before):

    IBM eServer x200

    P3 1.13GHz

    640MB RAM

    1x 320GB Samsung

    1x 500GB WD (both IDE.)


    Soon to get a USB controller card (it's laying around), a 500GB external drive (again, it's laying around), and another 500GB internal drive (once I mod the drive cage from the NetVista parts machine.)


    Cool feature I gave it:  install a modem, and use it to do CallerID announcements over the network.  'Twas a PITA to figure out how to run YAC (the CallerID server program) as a serivce, rather than as a startup program; but, it works. 

    Wednesday, November 7, 2007 10:08 PM

  • Athlon 64 X2 3600+ (replaced Athlon64 3000+)
    2x256MB DDR400
    2xSiig IDE Controllers
    4x400GB Seagate 7200.10
    1x400GB Seagate 7200.9

    CoolerMaster Centurion 5 Case
    Silver Stone CFP51 4 into 3 5.25" to 3.5" bay converter with 120mm fan (still have 5 3.5 bays available)

    Friday, November 9, 2007 7:48 PM
  • ASUS TM-210 case w/ 300 W p/s
    Gigabyte GA-MA69GM-S2H motherboard
    AMD Athlon X2 BE-2350 "Energy Efficient" Athlon X2 CPU
    mushkin 2 x 1GB PC2 6400
    Lite-On LH-20A1S SATA DVD Burner
    3x Western Digital WD10EACS SATA 1TB "Caviar GP" drives


    I'm planning on ordering an Antec SmartCool 92mm fan to replace the stock 80mm case fan. It makes a GOB of noise and, running at app. 70 W total power disipated, is almost unnecessary.


    The CPU, mobo, and memory all border on overkill for a WHS machine, but I was thinking that I wanted to protect against the possibility of WHS not panning out and the machine getting re-purposed to something else.


    If I'd been trying to minimize cost, I probably would have gone the Sempron route, say an LE-1100, 1GB or even 512MB memory, maybe not even dual channel and surely slower, and the Gigabyte GA-MA69VM-S2 motherboard. That might have saved maybe $60 or $70. The hard disk drives cost $876.


    For "green" purposes, I wish the case had a lower capacity 80+ power supply with power factor correction. It's running at a power factor just over 0.5. Not so good...

    Saturday, November 10, 2007 4:22 AM



    Hi all,


    This is my first post within these forums, so please treat me gently...


    Dick, I was curious as to how youdetermine your power usage?  Whislt Iam knowledagble about computing, I am no where near an expert...


    For your information, my specs are:


    WHS Basic specifications
    The basic specifications of my WHS are shown below.
    Case Chieftec BA-02B-B-B Uni Full Tower Chassis£ 85.00
    PSU Corsair HX620w 620w Modular PSU £ 85.00
    MB ASUS M2N32 WS PRO nForce 590SLI Socket AM2 £96.00
    CPU AMD AM2 Athlon 64 5600+ Dual Core 2.8GHz, 2x 1MB £87.00
    RAM 2GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-5400 £33.00
    Graphics card 64/256MB ASUS 6200LE £18.00
    HHD 500 Gb Samsung HD501LJ Spinpoint T £63.00
    Gigabit switch Netgear GS608 8 Port Gigabit Platinum Switch £38.00
    OS MS Windows Home Server WIN32 ENG 1PK DSP + 10 Clients £92.00
    Case and PSU
    I have bought a large tower case, the Chieftec BA-02B-B-B Uni Full Tower Chassis. The case is large and has room for expansion, up to 10 3.5 inch drives, before converting the 5.25 inch bays. Also with 4 or 5 fans, hopefully things should run cool. As I want limited restrictions on the number of hard drives, I also invested in a PSU that comes complete with 8 SATA power connections, hopefully that will be enough to begin with. I chose upon recommendation the Corsair HX620w 620w Modular PSU.
    I realise that the Motherboard and CPU does not need to be highly specified for a WHS box. However my recent HTPC is an AMD X2 based processor, the 4800 and at times it can struggle with the demands I place on it. As such I would like to replace this CPU with one with more oomph and use this CPU for my WHS. Consequently Iam limited to an AMD Processor
    I also want the freedom to add as many SATA drives as possible, and ideally leaving my PCL cards free for future expansion. As such I would prefer a Motherboard with 6 or more SATA connections, an E-SATA connection and even onboard graphics…
    Back to reality… I have found one mother board with 9 SATA connections, one E-SATA, 10 USB ports that will accept my existing CPU, but no onboard graphics. The Mb is an ASUS M2N32 WS PRO and is about £100. Over specified I know but I am aware of the possible SATA connection issue in the future.
    Looking around, the only motherboards that I have currently found with onboard graphics tend to have only 4 SATA connections and rarely an E-SATA port.. By the time I have invested in additional PCL cards, the prices almost matches the Asus, though on top of that I have to invest in a cheap and cheerful graphics card.
    The CPU for the HTPC will become the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5600+ (2.8GHz) Socket CPU and the 4800 version will find its way into the WHS.
    2 GB of RAM as it is cheap, and will allow future expansion
    Hopefully this system may well be over specified at the moment but who knows what plans Microsoft has for the next version of WHS, if there's going to be one? I have read and heard talk of it allowing for centralised TV tuners that can be streamed to multiple media players around the home, and I'm sure there are other funky ideas too.
    I hope this answers those questions regarding my WHS specs. The initial install will have two 500 GB drives, two 750 drives and possibly a couple of other drives that I have floating around.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:07 PM
  •  ARJ_1966 wrote:
    I was curious as to how you determine your power usage?


    With a KillAWatt. I don't know if this is available with different plug configurations outside the US. It's a pretty cheap gadget here in the US if you are a good shopper. I paid under $20USD for mine.
    Tuesday, November 13, 2007 12:59 PM
  •  Dick Watson wrote:

    I'm planning on ordering an Antec SmartCool 92mm fan to replace the stock 80mm case fan. It makes a GOB of noise and, running at app. 70 W total power disipated, is almost unnecessary.


    $18 (including shipping) very well spent. I can't even hear the WHS machine now if the other computers are running. It's the quietest machine of the lot.

    Thursday, November 15, 2007 1:52 AM
  • Asus Terminator 3 AM2 Barebones

    AMD Sempron 64 1.8 (45watt)

    1 x 1Gb Crucial

    2 x Samsung Spinpoint 500Gb SATAII


    Nice & small, quiet and low consumption!


    Saturday, November 17, 2007 9:50 AM
  • Hello from the UK, just recived and built my server based on the following spec.


    HP Proliant Server ML115 Dual Core AMD Opteron 1210  1.8Ghz (Bought New)


    1GB DDR2 PC2-5300  ECC Ram (2*512), Max 8GB

    160GB Sata 150 Segate Drive - Came with server.

    2MB Onboard Video - not important really.

    4 SATA Ports

    4 USB 2.0

    10/100/1000 Lan on board (Broadcom Chipset)


    PS2 Keyb & Mouse - AKA Dust collecters after final setup.

    370 Watt PSU

    2 Case Fans

    4 internal 3.5" bays

    2 external 5.25" bays

    Potential for 5 HDD's


    Storage Wise


    160GB Segate SATA 1 - System Drive

    160GB SATA 1 Maxtor -Data (i had this spare, amazing how much bigger it is in thinkness compared to seagate, older drive i guess)

    500GB Western Digital RE2 SATA 2 - Data (Purchased with Server)

    500GB Western Digital SATA 2 - Data (Purchased when i just went to buy Sata cables,  it was an impulse buy)


    WHS Reports 1.2TB Storage Total  - 1.18 Free

    Now with most of Data migrated and backups run 848GB Free.


    All bought and setup (including software, delivery etc) £460 - Most Chuffed  

    Must admit going in to TB storage after using 320GB External HDD make you want to go take lots of pictures, video and download everything, lol


    So far all running great ,backups (even over wireless), working great with Xbox 360's. Just need to install in final place near modem and router (see flickr pics) get remote access working as my router wont allow WHS to configure it even though its UPNP capable?? and need to set up a printer on the server to share.


    Serving via Belkin 54G+ Mimo 10/100 Router (with beta firm ware to get wireless stable - crazy!)


    2* Xbox 360's

    2* Dell Laptops (1 Vista Home Prem, 1 XP MCE 2005 which i use)

    Soon to be a desktop/home MCE pc with Quad Core AMD and tones of memory/tuners. - just waiting for Vista SP1


    Oh i am very jelous of Jaymz and his Heracles server (flickr photos here), thats just looks amazing with the drive cages. Must of cost a fortune.  - Great work Jaymx and thankyou for sharing.














    Saturday, November 17, 2007 5:18 PM

    I deceided to keep it simple(i just built a quad core rig) shuttle SS21T AMA 64 x2 4500+ 1 gig of ram 3 WD 500g drives. Runs real nice.(Shuttle barebone was a PITA to get going, Tight squeeze fan...etc) What the average transfer rate from comp to server? I'm getting 900 KB/sec
    Saturday, November 17, 2007 7:07 PM
  • ASUS M2V AM2 VIA K8T890 ATX AMD Motherboard
    SYBA SD-ATA133R PCI IDE Controller Card
    AMD Athlon 64 3200+
    Thermaltake WingRS Computer Case
    Thermaltake 430W Power Supply

    Had to upgrade the ROM in the SYBA to get it working (grumble).


    6 WD 250 GB drives from my old terastation

    1 fan from my old terastation

    An old WD 500 GB SATA drive


    2TB of fun!  Faster than the terastation was.

    Sunday, November 18, 2007 5:14 AM
  • I am trying to use an old Dual P3 - 1Ghz processors:

    Asus CUV4x-D main board with 2 x P3 1 Ghz processors
    1.25 GB ram
    Geforce 2 Video Card

    Am trying to decide which HDD's to use:

    Am thinking of 2 x 500 GB Seagate IDE (will probably need an IDE card to recognize the bigger drives)


    I see there are available SATA cards available;  would I be better off to use SATA rather than IDE ?
    Is there a better chance of getting the 500 GB IDE working vs the 500 GB Sata drives ?

    Will Sata make any difference over IDE in terms of performance on this lowly system ?


    Tuesday, November 20, 2007 3:41 AM
  • Scooter:

    Rather than hijack this thread with your question, why don't you delete your post and start a new thread?  You'll likely receive more input and you won't damage this thread.




    Tuesday, November 20, 2007 6:07 PM
  • Motherboard: Asus P5B-V

    RAM: 2GB A-DATA DDR2-800

    CPU: Intel E4500 (running @ 1,2GHz with Intel Speedstep Technology)

    HDD (system): 500 GB Samsung SATA

    HDD (data) : 500 GB Hitachi SATA + 320 Seagate IDE + 200 GB Maxtor IDE


    Thursday, November 22, 2007 7:51 PM
  • PIII 450MHZ 512MB 80gb+60GB - bare minimum - but does me!


    Saturday, November 24, 2007 10:34 PM

    My (planned) Server what do you think about?

    ASRock ALiveXFire-eSATA2, ATX

    CPU AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+/2300MHz, Dual Core

    2 Gig Memory and 2 500Gig Samsung HD



    Sunday, November 25, 2007 2:03 PM
  • MelP; love what you've done with the server!  I ran the beta on a Dell Optiplex GX150 with 250Gb and 80Gb hard drives.  When I decided to stay with WHS I went out and bought all new stuff, using the materials list from a ZDNet blog on "Build the $340 NAS for half the price but double the speed" -- http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=829 by George Ou:


    Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R LGA 775 Intel G33 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard

    Intel 2140 1.6 GHz Core 2 Duo

    1 GB Corsair DDR2-667 RAM

    FSP Group Green PS FSP300-60GLN ATX2.0 300W Power Supply (80% efficiency silent PSU)

    Cooler Master Elite 330 ATX Mid-Tower Computer Case


    I used two 400Gb SATA drives and the 250Gb IDE drive from my beta machine.  I can tell you this right now -- that power supply is quiet!




    Monday, November 26, 2007 5:03 PM
  • Antec 3700BQE
    Biostar 6100-M9
    A64 3200+ Venice
    2gb RAM
    Seasonic 380w (replacing with 600w as soon as it arrives)
    Rosewill SATA cards
    DVD drive pata
    500gb Maxtor sata
    250gb Hitachi pata
    300gb Seagate pata
    6x320gb Seagate sata
    adding tonight:
    2x750gb WD sata
    4470gb unformatted

    Friday, December 7, 2007 9:13 PM
  • ASUS T3 P5G965A Barebone

    Intel E2160 / 1GB internal memory / Gbits NIC

    1 SATA WD 500GB Primairy

    1 SATA WD 320GB


    This WHS box is surprisingly quiet (it is on my desktop now and I can only hear the drives tickle now and then) and power usage is a fair 70W continuesly.


    WHS base installation took about 2 hours without any propblems.

    It is backing up 3 local workstations (2xXP, 1xVista) and 1 VPC XP (test) environment, serving 2 additional old W2K systems. Also WHS is running two external foto websites.


    WHS Server storage load is about 55%.

    Running perfectly stable for almost 5 weeks now.

    Cheers to the WHS Team!



    Saturday, December 8, 2007 7:48 PM
  • cm stacker 690, e6600(left over from upgrade), 2 gig kingston ecc ram, asus p5m2-e server board, 2 500gig western digital(more for christmas if santa is nice), corsair 450watt, asus dvd rw, I also built one for a friend with a e4500 processor. i know some of its overkill but all this for $900 to a $1000 way better than a hp for $750+


    Sunday, December 9, 2007 12:39 AM

    Overkill, I know, but here is what I built a few weeks ago, all purchased from Newegg.com:

    • Antec TITAN650 Black 1.0mm SECC Server Case 650W
    • ASUS P5M2-E T (LGA 775) Intel 3000 ATX Server Motherboard
    • Intel Xeon 3040 Conroe 1.86GHz 2M shared L2 Cache LGA 775 Processor
    • 2X Seagate ST3500631NS 500GB 7200 RPM 16MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s Hard Drive
    • Kingston 1GB (2 x 512MB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM ECC Unbuffered DDR2 667 (PC2 5300) Dual Channel Kit Server Memory
    • LITE-ON Black 16X DVD-ROM 48X CD-ROM IDE DVD-ROM Drive Model DH-16D2P-04

    I also have a Maxtor 250GB external USB drive connected as well, so I've got over 1TB of storage now.

    It runs really good!  I figure that this thing is storing my most important documents, so why skimp a little on the hardware?  I mean, really, what is another few hundred bucks in the grand scheme of things?  I've had HDs fail before on other systems, so I got the better "network" class HDs that I hope will minimize that a bit.

    Sunday, December 9, 2007 5:52 PM
  • Biostar K8NHA Grand (com ports, printer port, ethernet, and sound all dissabled in the bios)
    AMD 3200+ socket 754 with AC 64 Freezer Pro
    1x1gb Patriot Ram 2-3-2-5
    ATI 9550 128mb agp card
    NetGear gigbit GA311NA (using winxp drivers)
    Samsung 120gb sata (20gb os 100gb for storage)
    Maxtor (Seagate) 320gb sata storage drive
    3.5" Floppy
    NEC IDE dvd burner
    In a Black Chemming case

    Sunday, December 9, 2007 6:48 PM
  • Antec Sonata III (Already had)

    500W Antec EarthWatts +80 PSU

    Gigabyte GA-MA69G-S3H (onboard ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 graphics)

    AMD Athlon X2 BE-2400 (stock cooler)

    2GB Dual channel PC2-6400

    2X Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS 1TB

    Lite-On DVD burner (disconnected when not in use)

    CyberPower 1500VA/900W UPS ( also connected to cable modem, router and Vonage adapter)



    Sunday, December 9, 2007 8:01 PM
  • My server is

    an old Dell XPS b800 (upgraded to a 1 GHz P-III)
    512 MB RDRAM
    Intel Gigabit PCI NIC
    Promise Ultra TX2 ATA-100 PCI controller
    Old DVD-ROM
    Upgraded power supply (from when the unit was used as a PC)
    300 GB Maxtor (16MB buffer) system
    500 GB Seagate
    160 GB Seagate
    160 GB WD

    I found out that it will boot without a video card installed.  It runs great and backups are taking about 5 minutes a day.  Loading pictures in a slide show seems to be as fast as a local drive on any PC on the network.

    Thursday, December 13, 2007 3:05 AM
  • I tried converting my Abit IN9 32max w/e6600 in an Antec P180b case into my WHS, but I was having issues with the nvidia 680i chipset I think.  Kept getting disk errors in the event viewer and other issues like lockups.  Had a ton of hard drives so I wanted something that just worked.


    Antec P180b v1.1 case - six 3.5 drives plus two more up in the 5.25 bays in adapter trays

    PCP&C silencer 750quad PSU

    ASUS P5M2-E server MB - 4 Sata ports - onboard GigNic

    E6600 cpu

    2 gig Kingston DDR2 667

    Promise TX4 Sata2 with 4 ports

    4TB across 8 drives - 750s, 500s, and 400s


    Very stable after I moved to the Asus P5M2-E - now it's time to fill it up.


    Thursday, December 13, 2007 6:29 PM
  • HP Proliant ML110 (xeon 3040, onboard gigNic, intel server chipset)

    2GB ECC DDR2, dual channel

    2x WD RE 500GB drives, hardware mirrored


    As I'm going to be using this as a main file store for pictures, music etc for all other machines in the house, I need availability hence using server hardware and hardware mirroring.


    Haven't measured power consumption yet but adding up the parts including the 65% efficient PSU I reckon it should be about 50w idle.  It will be in my workshop so heat generated is not really wasted anyway!


    Have installed RMClock to enable the deeper CxE states to reduce idle consumption.  Power management is set to server balanced.  And BIONIC is configured to run over-night using my night-rate electricity.


    This CPU seems really efficient, compared to my previous P4 630 anyway.  Proliant has a decent heat-pipe heat sink with two fans in a push-pull config, but running at minimum speed (automatically) at idle CPU cores are 23*C (20*C room temp), jumps up to 35*C with BIONIC running mind, but no increase in fan speed, desernably at least.  Maximum fan speed is astonishing!



    Friday, December 14, 2007 9:03 AM
  • My first attempt at WHS ended with a dead MoBo.Installed OK but after about 12 hours the asus p4c-800 refused to reconise the new sata hard drives.Dead southbridge chip.These socket 478 boards being obsolete I am forced to go to a socket775 setup so I have an overkill core 2 duo chip , asus p5b mobo, ddr2 memory and pci-e vid card all on their way.Held up by holiday shipping but hoping to get started again this weekend.Should run good.


    Friday, December 14, 2007 9:41 AM
  • Not necessarilly overkill, bear in mind a core-2 CPU properly configured will use a lot less power than an old skt.478 so may just about pay for itself over say 3 years.

    Friday, December 14, 2007 9:58 AM
  • My Server:

    AMD Athlon 1400 (Tbird)
    Iwill KK266+
    1 GB PC133
    Radeon 7500 128MB
    Maxtor 120GB 7200RPM HD (8MB Cache) - IDE
    Maxtor 300GB 7200RPM HD (8MB Cache) - IDE
    Seagate 320GB 7200RPM HD (16 MB Cache) - SATA
    WD 120 GB 7200RPM via a VANTEC CB-IS100 IDE to SATA converter
    Maxtor 250GB 7200RPM HD (8 MB) - SATA
    Hitachi 7K1000  1TB 7200RPM HD (32 MB) - SATA
    LiteOn DVD ROM
    ADS Pyro 1394 Card
    Adaptec USB 2.0 Card
    Promise SATA300 TX4 PCI SATA II 4-Port Adapter
    Superpower Polaris Case
    Cooler Master 500 Watt PSU
    Silverstone CFP51-B Aluminum 5.25" to 3.5" bay converter with 120mm fan

    Friday, December 14, 2007 1:26 PM
  • I don't have lots of data to backup besides college papers, some mp3s I don't want to redownload, and a few xvid movies. So I figure 500GB is way more than enough for me. So I just used some parts I had. Only thing I did buy was a case, psu, and the 500GB hard drive. I don't mind the speed of the NIC since I wont be streaming anything.


    Cheap Rosewill case

    Antec earthwatts 380W psu

    ECS Geforce6100SM-M motherboard

    AMD Sempron 3000+

    1GB DDR2 533

    160GB WD Sata HD

    500GB WD Sata HD

    Sunday, December 16, 2007 2:42 AM
  • Coolermaster CM690 with 8 fans

    Abit AB9 Pro with 9 Sata II ports

    2 Gigs of Crucial memory

    3 Seagate 750's Sata II

    3 Seagate 500's Sata II

    500 W Coolermaster power supply



    Tuesday, December 18, 2007 7:24 AM

    I'm in process of building a machine. It's going to be a QUAD XEON 1.5ghz with 12gb of ram. (yes i know it does not support 12gb of ram but will be inside a vm with 3.5gb).  and will have 14x 750gb Seagate Scsi disks. 


    The machine will be running Vmware ESX 3.0.2 as the base os. and then will have 3 Windows 2003 Servers and 1 WHS

    WHS will have 5 disks dedicated to it. 


    Should be a nice and fast box once it's setup.  The chassis is going to be a ibm x255. 

    Tuesday, December 18, 2007 11:41 PM
  • Dell PowerEdge 400SC with 2.6Ghz CPU, 1.5GB RAM, and

    80GB SYS int ATA

    250GB int ATA

    250GB int ATA

    500GB int ATA

    500GB int ATA

    120GB ext USB

    160GB ext USB

    Wednesday, December 19, 2007 1:44 PM
  • My Current System: (LEELA)
    • Acer Veriton 7500G
    • Pentium 4 2.66GHz
    • 2x 512MB DDR
    • WD 80GB IDE HDD

    Building a new box, have the following bits: (BENDER)
    • Cooler Master iTower 930 (with 4x SATA Hot-Swap drive bays)
    • 2x iCute iSwap 201 Hot-Swap SATA drive bays
    • 2x Seagate 160GB HDDs (7200.9) SATAII
    • 2x WD 250GB HDDs SATA
    • 2x Seagate 320GB HDDs (7200.10) SATAII
    • Various external Hard Drives.
    Still got to get the following:
    • Core2Duo CPU
    • Some sort of motherboard
    • 2GB DDR2 RAM (2x 1GB)
    • DVD Burner
    • 1 or 2 500GB SATA HDDs
    • Some more iCute iSwap 201s
    Sunday, December 23, 2007 12:09 PM
  • Just retired my Dell 400SC from my primary workstation/gaming rig and now its my WHS!


    P4 2.4 GHZ

    2.0 GB RAM



    WD 750GB SATA

    Samsung 500GB SATA

    Samsung 500GB SATA

    Cheap PCI SATA card

    got room for two more drives


    working great so far to backup my XP Mediacenter in the family room

    my Vista Gaming machine

    and my Dell XPS 140 laptop

    and to centralize all our pics/movies/photos


    Website in the works!



    Sunday, December 23, 2007 7:10 PM
  • Oceptis,

    Are you using  Gig Ecards in any of your PCs ?  Are you using Cat6 cabling ?


    Sunday, December 23, 2007 9:13 PM
  • Hi Lovedoct99 & WHS Team

                           Your post gave me some Ideas on how I want to go. I been thinking of a rack-mount server using an Intel server card "Intel Xeon Server Boards w/ 800 FSB"


    See Here: http://www.lemcomputers.com/serverxeon.htm I thought this might be a bit of an overkill but then I putting together a system to handle all my video, audio and Armature radio needs.


    My Idea: Intel Sever Board: SE7520BD2SCSID2  support Duel core  Xeon  processors.

                                        Ram: DDR2 400 ECC up to 16Gb 8Slot

                                        HDD: ATA/100 2 SATA 2 U320 Raid 0,1 Between 4 drive 1.5 T ea = 6 TB

    * The large HDD space is for my DVD and Music collection, I would like to access on the road with a laptop.


    Q.Why use a Server board in stead of an retro- P2 or P3

    A. Well I read many post in this thread and most seam to be using older system with 'WHS' with good and bad results.

    If WHS is a water down version of Win Server 2003 why not use a MoBo designed to work with as a "server" and

    not a desktop PC.

    But there still the unknown of if "WHS" would run with a over the top system. Am I building a Ferrari based a Volkswagen engine? There also the RAID problem "WHS" wasn't design to run with this type of HDD setup but I read a few who have gotten it to work.


    This is my thoughts for a "WHS" system. What do you think, is this allot of expensive junk or the design of a KILLER SYSTEM?

    Any helpful thought from any one reading this post  would be helpful.


    Thank you


    P.S Haven't spent any money yet the only thing I have is 2 six' racks which I use for Armature Radio Hobby (Ham Radio).

    Monday, December 24, 2007 3:51 PM
  • Update:


    Windows Home Server OEM
    AMD Turion 64 MT 34
    MSI K8MM3-V onboard VGA
    1Gb Pc 3200 Kingston.
    Samsung 160 Gb. 2,5" Notebook
    Seagate 7200.10 320Gb.
    Samsung P166 500Gb.
    WD Caviar GP WD10EACS 1000Gb.
    Seasonic S12II 330W 80PLUS
    Powerconsumption (220V)
    33 Watt idle 58 watt load

    Thursday, January 3, 2008 4:40 AM
  • 1.7Ghz Intel P4

    Asus P4B-533 MB

    1 Gig of Kingston ValueRam

    1 WD 250 Gig EIDE

    3 WD 500 Gig EIDE

    Intel Gigabit PCI Card arriving on Monday (01/17/08)

    Enlight Mid Tower


    Pulled DVD after install and used last IDE for final hard drive.  1.80 Terabytes online, 550 Gigs free at the moment, so far so good, about 14 days into 120 day Evaluation.  Currently backing up 2 XP Pro Machines, 2 Vista 32bit Ultimate Machines, Pictures, Music and Videos.  Peace of mind at having 4 Machines backup up at all times without any user intervention is worth its weight in gold, best $6.24 I have spent in alongtime.  Streaming videos out to 2 different Xbox 360's and I have to say, very impressive.




    Thursday, January 3, 2008 7:21 PM
  • I built a server for the Beta, then switched to SBS then have reinstalled the OEM WHS.


    So far I think its great.


    But I soon realised I have made a mistake.


    So if you are planning a server now...


    Try and avoid the following frustrating errors:


    Firstly... case size... I thought I wanted a small server to fit on my rack at home. I purchased a 2U rackmount case with PSU without really investigating it properly.


    As it can only take 3 Har Drives...  a woefully inadequate amount for anyone using WHS in anger.


    I am now looking at a Chnebro 4U 20 Drive case to replace it. I know I wont fill it up very soon, or be able to afford the multilane controllers yet but at least I wont have to rebuld it again. I hope.


    Secondly... SATA interfaces.. The motherboard I purchased only has 4 SATA ports. And though that seems great at the time.. it leaves with few upgrade choices. 4 drives is just not enough.


    Thirdly to expand on the second, to enable a multilane controller, or more than one to be installed requires PCI-express slots. And again the motherboard I purchased didnt have a PCI-express slot spare for a single controller let alone 2.


    These of themselves do not prevent me having a great time with WHS but they do limit is expansion. And I'd rather spend my time doing other things rather than rebuilding a server every six months.


    So to recap..


    Get the largest case you can with the most internal storage options.


    Get a motherboard with as many SATA sockets and eSATA on the back panel.


    Get a motherboard with as many PCI-express (more than x1) slots as you can.


    I wish i had.

    Friday, January 4, 2008 9:24 AM
  • My WHS as of 12/25/07 rev c

    With the exception of 3 hard drives, and the Lian-Li EX-23, I have built my WHS using discards.  I have an extremely limited discretionary budget.

    Mobo: ECS L4VXA2 REV 1.0 A (BIOS Version is 1.1e, newest from ECS site)

    CPU:    2 GHz P4

    RAM:  1 GB PC2600 DDR

    HDD Controller: SIIG S4v010028917 which WHS sees as CMD PCI-0649 Ultra DMA IDE controller.  It is working, I’m not going to try to fix it.


    1 Seagate 500 GB HDD ST3500630A (both on Mobo IDE 2)
    2 Seagate 320 GB HDD ST3320620A (both on Mobo IDE 1)
    Western Digital 40 GB HDD WDC WD400BB-32CL0 (on
    HDD Controller channel 1)
    Western Digital 40 GB HDD WDC WD400JB-00ENA0 (on HDD Controller channel 1)

    Optical Drives:
    Pioneer CD DVD-ROM DVD-106 (on Mobo IDE 2)
    Philips CDD4851 CD-R/RW (on Mobo IDE 2)(I’m not sure why I put it in, it was there.  I figure it is better to have it and to want it than want it and not have it.)

    Video: nVidia GeForce FX 5200 256 MB Display adapter.

    NIC:   onboard NIC VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter.

    Sound: onboard Vinyl AC’97

    CASE:   The case is no great shakes.  It has 4 exposed 5 ¼ 2 exposed 3 ½ and 2 internal 3 ½ inch bays.  Two of the 4 HDDs are mounted in the 5 ¼ bays and one of those is pretty much unsupported (only mounted on 1 edge).  I installed a Lian-Li EX-23 into two of the exposed 5.25 bays.  It houses the 3 Seagate drive and provides cooling for them and it was far less expensive than a new case.  There is 1 rear panel fan.  The hot spot it where the WD drives are mounted; they are running 120° F.  Clearly I need a new case.  I’ll be looking for something with low velocity high volume fans, 6-8 internal 3 ½ inch bays (with their own cooling).

    Power Supply: No markings I can see, I’ll replace it with an Antec 80 plus power supply with PF correction.  The power supply has been replaced with an Antec EA 500.  I didn’t need a 500 Watt supply for the thing, but it was a gift.  It reduced the power consumed by almost 10 Watts and changed the power factor from 0.57 to 0.98.



    Friday, January 4, 2008 11:00 AM
  • Intel E2160
    Intel DG965WH (6 sata ports, 10 USB 2 ports, Onboard Gigabit Ethernet)
    (had an issue installing drivers for it as Intel don't support server OS on desktop boards and their driver quick install program refused to work: solved by bypassing the quick-install and using the setup.exe for the actual driver)
    2 GB Crucial RAM (memory prices are crazy nowadays: Got 2GB of Geil memory a year ago for my main computer for £130, then bought exactly the same thing again in November for just £30.)
    2x WD Caviar GP 750GB
    430W Antec TruPower PSU
    Housed in Lian Li PC-A16 - was planning to use some removable HDD caddies I had lying around so needed lots of 5.25" bays (9 in total) but they're too wide to fit unfortunately. Still, lots of expansion room and fits perfectly on the shelf in my printer trolley. Stock fans are whisper quiet.

    Also bought a D-Link DIR-655 router and ran CAT5e cabling for Gig-E to WHS.
    Friday, January 4, 2008 9:40 PM
  • I tried the RC1 and Eval versions on an older Acer box (LEELA), with 1GB RAM, a P4 2.66GHz CPU and an 80GB HDD.


    Happy with the way things went, I built myself a new machine for the System Builder edition. (BENDER)


    I am using the Cooler Master iTower 930 case, which has 4 SATA Hot-swap bays, and also 4x iCute iSwap SATA Hot-swap bays.


    Parts list (BENDER):

    Cooler Master iTower 930

    Gigabyte GA-G33-DS3R M/b - G33, 1333MHz FSB, Dual DDR2-1066 (onboard Intel G3100 GPU)

    Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400 2GB (2x XMS2 1GB) PC-6400 (800MHz) DDR2

    Pioneer IDE DL DVD+/-RW Drive

    I also installed a 2 Port PCI SATA150 card for eSATA

    430W Generic PSU (seems to have enough grunt for now)

    Plus a proper Socket-775 heatsink (with a screw-down bracket) I'm in for the long-haul, and don't trust the plastic clips of the stock Intel cooler (too fiddly)


    The CPU may be a bit excessive, but I'm probably gonna keep this configuration for at least 5 years. (plus the price was right)



    500GB (Samsung) (Purchased New)


    320GB Seagate 7200.10 (Gift)

    320GB Seagate 7200.10 (Gift)

    250GB WD (From My Desktop)

    250GB WD (From My Desktop)

    160GB Seagate 7200.10 (Gift)

    160GB Seagate 7200.10 (Gift)


    The "-" indicates a spare slot for another 500GB Drive, which I will add as funds allow.


    And over the coming year, I'll keep buying 500GB drives, and move the smaller ones out (I still have some decent external connectivity available.)  (up to 4TB internal using 500GB Drives)


    Pic (click)


    I have yet to purchase a Firewire card, but it's on the list.  As is a 3.5" Media reader.


    BENDER is much higher spec'd than my desktop machine, (I have an excuse to upgrade it now!)


    I'm also looking to build another WHS I can carry around, probably based on the ThermalTake Lanboy case, with 2x 500GB HDDs DVD Burner and media reader.  BENDER is by no means portable...

    Wednesday, January 9, 2008 6:16 AM
  • Chassi: Chieftec DA-01W-D Dragon FullTower
    Power Supply: Hiper HPU-4M530 Type-M Black, 530W
    CPU: AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+, 2.0 GHz
    Motherboard: Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe, nForce4 SLI, Socket 939
    RAM: 4096 MB, Corsair Value Select DDR-RAM
    Graphics Card: ATi Radeon X800 GT, 256 MB, PCI-Express
    NIC: Intel PRO/1000 GT, 100/1000 LAN adapter, PCI
    HDD 1: Western Digital Caviar SE, 500 GB, 7200 rpm, S-ATA
    HDD 2: Western Digital Caviar SE, 500 GB, 7200 rpm, S-ATA
    HDD 3: Western Digital Caviar SE, 320 GB, 7200 rpm, S-ATA
    HDD 4: Western Digital Caviar SE, 250 GB, 7200 rpm, S-ATA
    HDD 5: Western Digital Caviar XL, 250 GB, 7200 rpm, IDE
    HDD 6: Western Digital Caviar XL, 120 GB, 7200 rpm, IDE

    HDD 5 and 6 are not in the Storage Pool.
    Wednesday, January 9, 2008 11:22 PM
  • P3_677 at asus CUV4x

    512 MB ram PC133

    250 GB IDE harddisk

    3com 100B NIC

    removed matrox video card and running without video card

    250W PSU

    running below 30W

    doing backups and file sharing just fine
    Thursday, January 10, 2008 9:01 PM
  • ASUS A8V

    AMD Athlon FX-60

    2Gb Corsair

    4 Seagate 7200.11  1Tb HD's