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Upgrading XServe (2009) Drive Modules

Lately i thought it’s a good idea to reuse the old XServe 2009 Model (only capable of running OSX up to 10.6) as a VMWare Sphere Host. But this model has just one harddrive installed in an ADM (Apple Drive Module) with a capacity of 80 GB.

I grabbed a 2 TB Western Digital green harddrive and replaced the 80 GB drive in the drive carrier.

But the ESXI installer couldn’t find the drive 🙁

After some online research i found a hint that the ADM only use 1.5 Gigabit Mode for Serial ATA. So i installed a jumper on position 5-6 on the Drive and voilà – it worked!

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