Upgrading a SUN Netra X1 with a SATA SSD

My old SUN Netra-X1 with an UltraSPARC-IIe+ lately had some bad sectors in it’s IDE hard drive, an old Seagate Baracuda 40GB. I found some IDE to SATA protocol converters online and figured might as well give it a try. Would be nice being able to put SATA hard drives or even SSDs into my old SUN machines.


wd1 at pciide0 channel 1 drive 0: <INTEL SSDSC2CW120A3>
wd1: 16-sector PIO, LBA48, 114473MB, 234441648 sectors
wd1(pciide0:1:0): using PIO mode 4, Ultra-DMA mode 2

I decided to do a reinstall of the system while I’m on it and booted bsd.rd off the original IDE HDD and installed OpenBSD on the SSD.

Afterwards I put the SSD onto the IDE master port, so that it acts as a default boot device and put the IDE HDD onto the slave port, for copying the old data over.

I can already tell that the CPU fan doesn’t sound good. I have some other SUN servers with this CPU fan type (SUN Fire V100) and may have to find a solution soon to replace them. Probably going to develop something on that regard.

SUN Netra X1 with SATA SSD