Smitty the Server had a hard drive failure. Since that required re-installing Windows, I took the opportunity to upgrade to a quad-core processor first (which also required replacing the motherboard and memory) and install some new hard drives. Follow along as Smitty gets rebuilt!
Poor dead Smitty sits under the desk, waiting for a transplant:
Thanks to Newegg and UPS Next Day shipping, the new parts are here and ready to install:
Annoyingly, it took me three tries to get the board installed on the tray correctly. Missed a standoff screw, then had some trouble getting all the ports lined up with the bracket, then discovered I’d manage to push one of the little metal catches out so it blocked the firewire port. Finally, the board is set and everything is lined up properly:
With a little luck, and thanks to a lot of patience, the new build powered up properly on the first try. Windows installed flawlessly, and now Smitty is running on a set of mirrored 320GB hard drives, with a set of mirrored 750GB drives for documents, software downloads, and photos.