05-04-2013 11:34 PM
I have recently been given a HP Z600 (used) machine with the following specs :
2 x Quad Core Intel Xeon E5530
24 GB ECC RAM
with graphics and 2 x 2TB SATA DISKS
First time with HP Workstation so a few questions :
Q1 : In BIOS - there are only TWO(2) modes (i)IDE or (ii) RAID AHCI - Does that mean that if I select RAID-AHCI it will enable AHCI and it's optional to either use RAID or not ?
Q2 : Drive Trays / Caddies / Cage are missing from this z600 so I have to put a packagin piece in between hard drives so that they don't take the sata controller off due to their weight. Can I order drive trays / caddys - are they very expensive or bearable ?
Q3 : I also pulled out all of the RAM and inserted only ONE 8GB NON-ECC Module (Kingston) and it worked - does that mean I can populate all 6 RAM SLOTS with 8GB and it will become 48GB ? I don't really need ECC as this will be purely LAB purposes.
Any other advises you may have ?
I have installed ESX 5.1 on it from VMWare ISO instead of the HP ESX ISO - and all hardware components were detected fine.
Will be grateful for your responses -
PS : I was told to post my questions here on the Z-series workstation forums as well - which is why I am posting
05-08-2013 08:29 AM
I'll try to answer your questions:
Q1: Yes, selecting RAID-AHCI will enable AHCI and it is optional to use RAID. This is the default setting, and almost everyone should use it. IDE is for old, legacy disks that were created using IDE mode. If you choose IDE mode, and your disks were created using RAID-AHCI mode, the OS will BSOD, FYI.
Q2. You can order spare parts from the HP Parts Store,
Put in Z620 in Product name, click the arrow, then select one of the many systems, then do a Category search for Drive Parts (drop down menu), and look at part number 596022-001 Hard drive carrier assembly. Check the picture to see if this is what you want. Or just try this link,
Q3: Maybe, but it is not supported. HP tests all memory we ship with workstations, to make sure they meet all quality and reliability requirements. HP spends many months testing memory, because we do find problems with some vendors, so that is why we quality all memory HP sells. HP supports only ECC memory on the Z600. Are you using registered memory or unbuffered? From the Z600 specs, only registered 8GB DIMMs are supported. Again, this does not mean others won't "work", but it was not tested. (HP does not test Kingston memory - I know many buy memory from Kingston, but HP does not officially support it)
Let me know if this helps.
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