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Maximum hard drive for EMC AX100

We have an older emc ax100 that we would like to use for an archive server. It currently has (12) 250GB SATA drives in it and we would like to max its capacity if possible. Does anyone know the max hard drive size we can put in this SAN? Is it only limited by the largest SATA drive available right now?

Thanks, Scott...
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JohnGerhardtCommented:
I have an AX150 that has 1TB drives in it.. I wouldnt think that the AX100 is any different..
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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
It supports up to 12 SATA hard drives with 250GB of capacity for a total of 3TB
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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
And as always, I forget to post the link:

AX100 and AX100i tech Specs pdf
www.emc.com/microsites/clariion-support/ax100/pdf/tech_specs.pdf
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smuthAuthor Commented:
I just read through the document and nowhere in there does it say the max hard drive size is 250gb. Where did you get that information?
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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
Jeez, I'm having a bad day here!

I posted the wrong link. (doh!).

I will try to find the one I had originally, but in the meantime:

http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/brand/dellemc?c=us&l=en&s=gen

Sorry about this.
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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
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smuthAuthor Commented:
The second link does not work
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JohnGerhardtCommented:
Its funny..
have a look @ this
http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/default.aspx?edc=900412
I cant find anything else to say that the AX100 is capable of it... Woudl you have a compatibile SATA drive you can try...?
I assure you that it works on the 150...!
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smuthAuthor Commented:
So does that mean that I would have to purchase a special SATA drive for this thing? I assumed any SATA\150 drive would work.
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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
>> The second link does not work

Do you mean the Tinyurl preview?

It just linked to this site:

http://66.102.9.132/search?q=cache:xa3OlWoPNIwJ:www.mtx.at/dell/ax100.pdf+emc+ax100+hard+drive&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=10&gl=uk


Quote from the Dell site:

"The AX100 incorporates mirrored cache and provides redundant controllers, power supplies and fans to help ensure that your data is always available. Starting at 480 GB capacity, the array supports up to 12 hard drives that can accommodate up to three TB of data."

http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/brand/dellemc?c=us&l=en&s=gen
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JohnGerhardtCommented:
In the tech guide it says that they are standard SATA drives...
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smuthAuthor Commented:
I saw the specs in the Dell guide, thank you. I wonder why CDW is selling 500gb drives for the ax100 then??? I may have to call emc to verify. I will be sure to assign points. Thank you!
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JohnGerhardtCommented:
Great! This is an interesting one.. If you can post back what EMC it would be useful for reference..
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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
Yeah,

would be interested to hear what CDW have to say....
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smuthAuthor Commented:
I called EMC and of course someone in India answered and transferred me to someone else who then promptly told me I needed a case # and transferred me back to another dept. I was then hung up on. I called back and created a case #. I will post back when I hear from them. I am going to contact my rep at Tigerdirect and see what he says
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smuthAuthor Commented:
While we are on the subject and I am waiting to hear back from them, could you guys tell me what you use to defrag these things? Our ax100 and cx300 is really bad.
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Hedley PhillipsCommented:
We just use windows to defrag ours (AX150i)
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JohnGerhardtCommented:
We use windows too.. It works fine..
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JohnGerhardtCommented:
Opps, by the way.. I took a quick look at my AX today.. It has 500GB disks in it not 1TB...! Sorry!
Still larger than you have thought...
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smuthAuthor Commented:
EMC says the ax100 ax100i will support a max of 250gb drives. He said even the latest firmware for the ax will only support a max of 250gb. I now have a very expensive paper weight that I need to find a use for.

Thanks for all of your responses, Scott...
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summitMISCommented:
If EMC is saying it will only support 250GB drives, how can JohnGerhardt have 500GB drives. Was the 250GB drive the largest available when this device was first put out and when documentation was written?
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smuthAuthor Commented:
I think I may have been mistaken when I put AX100i. I believe John said he has an AX100i. That may be the difference.
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MMartellCommented:
I am running an AX100i with 7 250gb and 5 500gb drives - the 500's were made available about a year after the initial device.
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argiwizzCommented:
Originally AX100 had a max of 12*250GB = 3TB
With the latest update it has been tested with 500GB, 750GB &  1 TB drives and works OK.
However it failed to work at all even with one 1.5TB drive.
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