Upgrading hard drives in Dell PowerEdge 1600SC
Posted on 2007-07-25
I have a Dell PowerEdge 1600SC with 5 36GB U320 SCSI hot-swap drives. We've just upgraded to a different server, and I'd like to expand the hard drive space in this server and re-deploy it as a large shared RAID hard drive - without reinstallling the OS.
Unfortunately, I don't have access to any docs on how this server was set up. I can guess at this: the two top drives contain the OS and are mirrored (RAID 1), the three bottom drives are RAID 5. Does that sound like a reasonable guess?
My plan would be this:
1. remove the bottom 3 drives (we have already copied all that data onto the new server). See if it still boots Win2000AS.
2. replace the bottom 3 drives with bigger U320 SCSI drives.
3. Configure and format the new drives "somehow" (probably pressing a key while booting the PERC?)
Should I go ahead with that plan? Do you have any tips? Any recommendations for bigger U320 drives?