HP Proliant DL180 G6 and drive trays

I learnt today that HP Proliant DL180 G6 blade servers come by default with no disks installed. So far so good as this is clearly advertised. But what is shocking to me is that the trays in this 4-drive machine are just mere plastic, useless pieces that can’t be used at all. These plastic trays are meant just to fill in the drive cage, but no actual disk can be attached to the trays. In order to install real drives one has to either buy HP disks or buy HP part 373211-001 — for example on eBay.

C’mon HP! What are you playing to? Do you want to force customers to buy your (expensive) disks? What do have HP SATA disks that WD Cavier disks do not have? Is that the reason why no one can buy HP part 373211-001 anymore except outside the HP parts store? I had to spend 140USD on 4 HP trays to install my disks. It’s not about the price, but the waste of time trying to find the right part number, the seller or being forced to use HP’s own dis units.

I honestly can now understand why people decide to build their own cheap machines, based on commodity parts, like for example Google does.

8 thoughts on “HP Proliant DL180 G6 and drive trays

  1. Wow! This could be one particular of the most beneficial blogs We’ve ever arrive across on this subject. Actually Great. I’m also an expert in this topic so I can understand your hard work.

  2. tell you what i did ash i bought some bands so when i travel i can do some kind of work out that also gave me a second pair of handle for my tower 200,i paid about 20 dollar for my bands and the handles, so much better with 2 pair of handles

  3. Gracias por el numeo de parte Felipe, por supuesto no está listada en la página de partes de HP por ningún lado.

    Tu hablaste directamente con HP y dijeron que no vendían el tray por separado? O es simplemente una medida pasivo agresiva para que la gente termine muriendo con ellos?

    saludos, Lars.

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