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Windows 7: Windows server 2003 vs win 7

01 Jan 2011   #1

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Windows server 2003 vs win 7

I have a new server at work so brought the 3 yr old server home
has twin xeon 2.8 CPU

I thought it a waste of computer to throw away and so figured on wipe the system and install win 7 to push movies around the home

I just want it to sit in the basement and attach to my readynas pro which has 6 TB of movies

I know little; the windows server 2003 program seems very fast but I am not a tech and have two other i7 game machines with win 7 in the study

I thought win 7 made sense as it is what I am used to

would people agree? or should I leave the server program and try to configure to push movies ? how I do that?

thanks Gaz

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01 Jan 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't usually prefer "real" servers at home. They are often too noisy and consume tons of power.
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01 Jan 2011   #3

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Funny you should say this. I noticed at home but not at work the noise the fan is making. I plan for it to sit in the basement so noise is not an issue.

It cost a lot of money at the time and this is why I did not wish to abandon it.

why does it cost more to run? is it just the big fan.

I know nothing about computers and usually for home just buy from local store and use.

Is there a use for 3 year old servers, should I give it to another small business or throw it ? The hard drives are only 75 gig raptors (2 x mirrored).

Gary
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01 Jan 2011   #4

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I have just been off to look on ebay. There is no real market for such a machine and so i will just wipe and give it away. Gaz
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01 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Those twin Xeon processors our sturdy processors...
There is a lot you can do with that machine...

But I'll take it off your hands if you don't want it. :P (Free of course! <.< )
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02 Jan 2011   #6

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At this time I intend replacing the mirror drives with larger WD
then loading win 7 and seeing if it will work well as a media server for my movies
see how it goes

thanks for the offer to "take it off my hands" - may come to this

Gaz
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02 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

You may find these are SCSI or SAS hard drives and could be very costly to replace. That's often the case with legitimate servers. We have given some away at past jobs, just to have people come back and say, "hey...do you realize how much it would cost to put 8GB of RAM in this thing?". Yes, it's very expensive as it's ECC RAM. People often don't understand what they are getting into.
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02 Jan 2011   #8

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I removed the hard drives (not hard just pull them out). Says western digital WD740
SATA hard drive.

so does that mean it is not a scsi?

anyway put it in my desktop (not hard just slid it in) and formated.

so I figured I would just shove it in and load Windows 7

but it starts to load and says no hard disks found

I thought it must be something due to the bios being tweaked by my tech; but I can not access the bios

it says press [alt]+[F2] but nothing happens and I have been pressing all combinations I can think of in order to try to get to the bios without luck

any thoughts?

at least it is filling my day

gaz
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02 Jan 2011   #9

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also sends up a message saying that it has lost one of the mirror hard drives
which is correct as I pulled it out so I had one formated and one not in case I had to put it back to normal again

gaz
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03 Jan 2011   #10

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perhaps no one cares but I got into bios
and found no IDE drives
then found scsi SATA
so back to square one
do not know what I am doing so will give it to my / a tech to play with

I know you told me so

thanks anyway

gaz
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