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Re: P320SFF

2017-09-21, 15:56 PM

Adam, thanks so much for posting information about your P320 SFF!

 

I'm interested in this computer, but I'm worried about noise levels, because fan noise can really bother me.  The computer would be installed under my desk, in a very quiet room in my home.  It sounds like you're in the same boat with the noise concern.

 

May I know your newest thoughts on how loud the computer is?

 

If your head is two feet away from the computer, and the computer is running but idle, can you hear the fans?

 

I don't mind the thing's fans spinning up when I have real jobs sitting on the CPU (compiler, video rendering, whatever), but I really don't want to hear the fan noise when it's idle, or practically idle (like while running a Web browser).

 

Your forum thread is the only information on the P320 SFF's noise characteristics on the Web right now, so I really appreciate you taking the time to post.

 

Thanks so much Adam.

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Re: P320SFF

2017-09-22, 21:59 PM

Thanks for the positive words, I will prep a few test results to post for you soon! (Apologies for delay I have been sick)

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Re: P320SFF

2017-11-08, 10:22 AM

Hi,

 

I have just tried to install a 2.5" SSD into the FRU 03T8795 included with the 320SFF system (configured as 'Empty Front HDD Enclosure') but the mounting screw holes and the power/data connectors do not line up.

 

The SSD I am attempting to install in the 2.5 HDD to 3.5 HDD Conversion Kit is a 'Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSD'

 

Is there some sort of 'riser' or mount that I need to use with the FRU 03T8795 with 2.5" SSD drives?

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Re: P320SFF

2017-11-09, 11:24 AM

Hi, also next question is this the correct part for Bay 3 in tge P320SFF (It is the part that is listed when searching for Lenovo Quick Pick with my model number): https://www3.lenovo.com/au/en/accessories-and-monitors/thinkcentre-and-thinkstation/hard-drives/MECH-BO-TS-2-5-E32SFF-HDD-Bracket/p/4XF0F33440

 

It seems to match the diagram provided on page one of this thread!

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Re: P320SFF

2018-02-15, 20:54 PM

Sorry to reply to an old topic, but I had a few questions which were directly related to the post with what drives can go into what bays. One thing I wasn't clear on was what was required to use the dedicated 2.5" SSD bay (bay 3 in the image). The part numbers for the bracket and cables don't show up as being compatible with the P320 SFF, so I wanted to confirm that if I want to put an SSD into that bay, I would need 04X2310, 54Y9378, and 54Y8415. Ideally, if you could provide the proper marketing part numbers for what's necessary, it would be appreciated as it's easier for me to order parts through one of our contract vendors than through lenovo directly.

 

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Re: P320SFF

2018-02-15, 21:48 PM

Hi, 

 

First off, I think you're using the 5.25" to 3.5" HDD kit that is installed in what we call the optical disc drive bay (ODD bay).  If so, and you're trying to install a 2.5" SSD in this bay, then you'll need to install the SSD onto the 2.5" to 3.5" HDD Conversition kit (FRU 03T8795) and install it in the purple HDD bracket from the 5.25" to 3.5" HDD kit. (See picture). 

 

The SSD should line up to the 4 screw mounting holes (highlighted in RED) on the back of the 2.5" to 3.5" HDD bracket. Then, the 2.5" to 3.5" bracket gets installed into the HDD bracket kit from the 5.25" to 3.5" HDD kit.  Notice the correct orientation of the 2.5" to 3.5" bracket onto the HDD bracket kit from the 5.25" to 3.5" HDD kit.  

 

Once the SSD is installed into the purple HDD bracket kit, slide the whole tray assembly into the 5.25" to 3.5" HDD bracket shown below. Notice how the SATA power and data cables line up to the SSD.  

 

Once you install the SATA power and data cables, slide the Fan assembly bracket back down on the 5.25" to 3.5" HDD bracket kit as shown below.   

 

 

To answer the second question, yes, this link here is the correct 2.5" HDD Bracket kit that gets installed under the 3.5" SATA HDD bay.  

 

The FRU part numbers for this 2.5" HDD Bracket kit include: 

- 04X2310 - 2.5 HDD bracket, tray and screw

- 54Y9378 - SATA Power cable (dual drop to be able to plug in an HDD into Bay 1)

- 54Y8414 - SATA data cable 

 


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2018-02-27, 16:45 PM

Thanks for the clarification. For what it's worth, the 2.5" bay kit that I got included the dual-sata power cable and sata data cable along with the mounting bracket. I didn't need to order them separately.

 

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Re: P320SFF

2018-02-27, 17:41 PM
Great. That tells us that the FRU kit included the correct SATA power and data cables.
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Re: P320SFF

2018-03-07, 6:09 AM

The 2.5" HDD Kit works great and definitely included everything necessary.

 

I have a couple of extra questions:

 

1. Is there an FRU part that has more than 2x SATA Power connectors on the single cable... if so what options do I have in regards to those?

 

2. My housemate purchased the same spec P320SFF as myself around the same time for the same $ but her machine has 'Windows 10 Pro for Workstations' after a reinstall of her OS.  Mine on the otherhand is 'Windows 10 Pro'. Are Lenovo ThinkStation customers entitled to the newer 'Windows 10 Pro for Workstations' and if so how do I activate / register that particular edition or will it automatically enable that edition after I reinstall the OS aswell?

 

Thanks heaps for your time!

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Re: P320SFF

2018-03-07, 19:49 PM

The only SATA power cables that are qualified on P320 SFF are the single drop and dual drop cables.  The dual drop cable is intended to be used to support drives in the standard 3.5" bay and with the add-on 2.5" bay underneath it.  The FRU for that cable is 54Y9378.  Assuming your configuration is something that we'd normally support, you should be OK.  If you plan to re-task this for something unique within your system, you'll want to watch out to make sure the cable lengths and connector orientation work for your situation.

 

I'm double checking on the Windows for Workstation question.  We were forced to switch over to that for new builds at a certain point in time.  With regards to updates of exisitng Windows installations to the WFW version, I think that is included as part of the Fall Creators Update (RS3).  I'm double checking on that though.

 

There aren't going to be a ton of features specific to W10FW that you'll be able to take advantage of in the P320 SFF.  Most of those features are geared towards high end multi processor workstations.  ReFS might be the only one that's applicable to that platform (assuming you've not upgraded to new network adapters).




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