I finally was able to use a custom bios for my HP N36L microsever. I got one from the bay. No I can use the 5th SATA port not just for the optical drive but for another hard drive. I also bought an e-SATA to SATA cable adapter so I can add another hard drive, bringing the total to 6 hard drives. Here are the parts I used.
- Icy Dock Flex-Fit Trio – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994163
- e-SATA to SATA – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16812270167
- 4-pin molex to Y splitter SATA – http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2C50U62318
The Icy Dock can hold a total of 3 hard drives – one 3.5” and two 2.5”. I ran out of SATA ports so I only have 6 hard drives total. I plan to run Freenas v9.x. I will post some power consumption readings and transfer speed once I get a chance. For now, here are some pics and a video.