Hey folks, just a quick post to show you my preferred method of mounting 2.5” SSD’s into my HP Micro Server, which I use for my VMware lab server. Most entry level servers, such as the MicroServer, as still equipped to primarily deal with 3.5” form-factor drives which in almost all instances excludes traditional SSD drives.
It is technically possible to push a 2.5” SSD straight into the SATA port of the MicroServer, after removing an empty hard drive carrier. The light weight of an SSD drive means that it almost always remains in the SATA based slot on the drive backplane, though this is a far from ideal arrangement as you can imagine, as a slightest knock to the MicroServer could see the SSD fall out of the SATA port.
As a result I use a 2.5” to 3.5” adapter caddy, with my preferred caddy being from Icy Dock (MB882SP-1S-2B), as it is easy to install, add and remove 2.5” SSDs as needed. Check out my video below to see why I like the caddy and how I use it with my lab MicroServer.
What are your methods of installing 2.5” drives into 3.5” form-factor drive bays? I’d love to hear from you, drop a line in the comments below.