AshleyAshes Posted September 29, 2015 Share Posted September 29, 2015 (edited) Call this a rant and rave for bits and bites?At work so far, I've mostly only handled our workstations, which range between 'really new' and 'new enough' or our rendering blades 'new enough'. Last week our main storage server died so I finally got to crawl into the bowls of our servers and machines lieing down so we could rebuild.Our storage server in question? Dual Processor Netburst based Xeon. It doesn't even have a Xeon model number, it predates those, it's just two 'Intel Xeon 2.66ghz', it's that old. The RAID was running off a PCI software RAID card and well, it died. It's in degraded mode now, limping along while we copy the data off it at pathetic speeds. There's a second identical machine in a corner unplugged too. My boss seems affectionate towards these and doesn't like the idea of replaceing them as they were some of the companies earliest workstations when first bought.The new server? I found a dual chip, Xeon E5445 system in the corner, with ECC RAM. MUCH more suitable to a storage server and it's now running a superior ZFS system for us. If the old Xeon server ever finishes it's copy job.Wait, the license server? Pentium D. Not that this machine needs much, but neat. I've never actually SEEN a Pentium D before, only read about it, as the Core architecture made it obsolete pretty fast.In a cardboard box? 8 completed Intel Q6600 kits, CPU, RAM, and Mobo. We dunno what to do with them. We might keep a few to act as servers and give away the rest?I found a couple of AMD boards as well. Newer Phenom 2 stuff. We have a lot of machines in 'sets' but one oddball I found, I had to scrape the thermal paste off the chip to figure out what it was. An AMD 920 it seems, the rest are AMD 945s, so this 920 is a freak I guess?Inside another machine I found eight 2TB WD Black drives. No, they weren't doing anything. They were just sitting in there. I'm spending about 5hrs a pop scanning their sectors for viability right now.On the plus side, the new dual 8-core Xeons should ship soon? Edited September 29, 2015 by AshleyAshes 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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