Some information about HP T620 Plus Flexible Thin Client machines for network appliance builds...

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  1. yodaphone

    yodaphone New Member

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    In case someone is interested in the screws for mSATA SSD please DM me. I got a bunch (10 left) and i can mail them to you (2 for $1) including shipping (1st Class Mail)
     
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    For those running pf/opn sense, what does your configuration look like? built-in NIC for WAN and Intel add-in card for LAN?

    btw @BLinux why did you want to avoid the m.2 ssd? do these router OS not properly provision SSDs and kill them with r/w?
     
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  3. BLinux

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    For one, I was exploring all boot drive options when I was testing out pfsense on USB drive. My final setup is not using pfsense; that was just a test. But probably the more important factor for me was availability of replacement; where i live I can't buy a replacement M.2 SSD at the local stores easily, but I can run to the local 24-hr Walmart and buy a SanDisk USB drive within 20 minutes.
     
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  4. TLN

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    Guys, what are alternatives to those boxes? Is there anything bit more powerful out there for reasonable money?
    I see T630 and such - worth looking?
     
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  5. nthu9280

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    Check out the DFI thread. They are Mini ITX boxes ~ $100 range. The equivalent HP T730 has been going for ~ $200.
     
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  7. Molasar

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    Has anybody tried to install a (spinning) 2.5 SATA HDD in this machine (Rev. B)? Any help would be appreciated!
     
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  8. Samir

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    Have you seen the STH review?
    https://www.servethehome.com/hp-t620-plus-thin-client-and-firewall-vpn-appliance/

    It mentions and even shows a carrier for a 2.5" ssd, which could also be a thin hdd--the problem they found (and didn't address) is where to get power for the drive.

    There's a great site on thin clients (owner is super cool too) that has some good pictures and expansion options on the t620 (but only mentions traces for an msata connector):
    HP Thin Client: t620
     
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  9. KopiJahe

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    I'm using a 2.5" SSD in one of mine. I'm using this adapter to achieve this:
    [​IMG]

    It is just ~$4 shipped on AliExpress. I just tuck the SSD in the area that the adapter should have been. As you will be using an HDD, you might need to insulate the PCB to prevent a shorting. You also need to provide a SATA cable on your own (I use a short one).
     
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  10. Molasar

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    Wow!!! Just what I was looking for! Thanks!!!
     
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  12. Molasar

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    This carrier does not look like the AT27Mini-EA or AT29Mini-EA brackets...

    (https://www.servethehome.com/wp-con...T620-Plus-Thin-Client-Internal-2.5-in-Bay.jpg)


    [​IMG]

    This one has green clamps on the top, which the AT27Mini-EA or AT29Mini-EA brackets don't have. Even the general bracket shape is different (one on the lower left):

    (https://www.servethehome.com/wp-con...Client-Jamestown-Rev-B-and-A-Side-by-Side.jpg)

    [​IMG]

    So does anybody know what this "green clamp" bracket is (P/N, etc.)?

    Thanks!
     
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    I picked up a couple of these as well but haven't taken the time to install them. I was going to just stick the SSD in the case wherever I could find room. Nice to know they work as expected
     
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  14. Molasar

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    Never mind. It is the rear bracket for the AT27Mini-EA or AT29Mini-EA... End-of-Life Disassembly instructions, page 12: BRKT Rear Fiber-NIC (6070B0710201)
     
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  15. fossxplorer

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    And this is what i had in mind when i ordered mPCIe to SATA adapter with 2 SATA slot. I did not want to ruin the M.2 slot, not the mSATA slot (for those with such model).
    I did also order adapters to get power from one of the internal USB, but for this i need to do some manual wiring/soldering to get the current out to my SSD( i do have 2 of these mini SATA Micron SSDS). I did not have time to fix this part.

    But i can confirm that the mPCIe to SATA WORKS JUST FINE USING THE mPCIe slot in the T620 plus. For the test i powered the disk using external PSU. So if i can get 2 of these mini SSD to be installed inside somehow, in addition to keeping the M.2 (and mSATA as a bonus for some), it'd be a huge win.
     
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