Dell Poweredge 2600 drive upgrade/RAID questions
Posted on 2005-05-11
I have a Dell Poweredge 2600 server on a 20 user Windows 2003 network. It has two 36GB Ultra 320 SCSI hard drives on a 1x6 SCSI backplane in a RAID 1 configuration. I have ordered 4 72GB Ultra 320 drives - I want to configure 3 for a RAID 5 and one as a hotspare. Can I do this? What about downtime? Can I just plug these bad boys in and intialize them and configure the RAID 5, or will I have to take down the server? What happens if I just take and plug these new drives into the server? I am scared!