box is now out of extended warranty - so....
Dell PE2500, dual P3, 2gb ram, dual power supplies... existing raid5 on 3x 16gb scsi drives makes for a small 29gb usable disk.
we're retiring this from production use and wanted to use it as a backup to a backup nas. with this drive size, no go.
I've had success with the LSI pci-x based SATA ctonrollers in PE 1400-1600's, but since those aren't hot-swap, i just mount my new SATA drives internally, like a pc, and check my cooling.
the 2500 has a the hot-swap bays 4x2, for 80 pin U160 drives - anyone every yanked the backplane and just used standard cages (heck i even have 5 sata 'hot swap' cages around here... more interested to know if you've modified teh server to remove teh existing backplane and can use other 'drive cages'