I just acquired an HP DL320s server that has 12 3.5" drive bays. I currently have 4 HP branded 300gb 15k SAS drives & 8 empty slots. I have some Seagate ST3300555SS 300gb SAS drives that I was hoping I can buy the drive caddy's & just insert into this server. My questions are: 1) Will this work & 2) Is there any harm, if it works, to taking all of these drives & putting them into a single Raid 5 array? (mixing brands?) They will be the same size & speed.
The last question I have is similar, I am going to acquire 4 SATA drives & was wondering if anyone knew for sure that they worked in the DL320s even if they are not HP branded? (I am not sure if HP has a way to lock it down or anything). Please let me know ASAP.