Hard drive/RAID options for my Dell Poweredge 2600

Posted on 2006-05-25
Last Modified: 2010-04-03
I have a Dell Poweredge 2600 with a 1x6 backplane.  We currently have two RAID 1 mirrors each 72GB taking 4 of the 6 disks.  The RAID controller is a Perc 4/Di. For a short term storage solution to add additional space I would like to know if we could fill up the remaining 2 disk slots with 146GB drives and create a 3rd mirror?  I know this is a very inefficient use of space, however this is only temporary until a we get a new file server which will be properly configured with RAID 5.  What I'm getting at here is I want to make sure this server's hardware can support 3 mirrors and making sure that I can in deed use all 6 slots for active drives or is the 6th slot only good for a hot spare??


Question by:knutsonit
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    Yes, no problem -  you can do that.

    The Perc 4/Di will happily support 3 mirrors or more. To use new discs all you need to do is insert them and rescan from Dell OpenManage Array Manager. You should then be able to create a new RAID 1 container.

    You may need to reboot the system to make it see the discs, but that is unlikely.  
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    by:Duncan Meyers
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