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Perc 5/i and Ultra2 SCSI Tape Drive?

Posted on 2008-11-17
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Last Modified: 2013-11-09
I'm installing Windows Server 2003 on a Dell PowerEdge 840. It came with an internal Perc 5/i card that has two SFF8484 connectors. One connector controls three SATA drives in a Raid 5 config.

I'm trying to re-use a Quantum DAT 72 tape drive that has a SCSI Ultra2 connector. Is this compatible with the Perc 5/i card? If not, I still have the Perc 2 card that was used with the drive in an older machine... Would it be wrong and/or difficult to have 2 controller cards in one machine?
Thanks in advance.
Question by:Rick Nicholson
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No, your DAT drive is parallel SCSI, whereas the Perc 5/i is serial, so you can't connect one to the other.

You should have no problems installing the two controllers on one machine, however, assuming you have the correct bus interfaces (ie, PCI 2.2 & PCI Express) and available slots.

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by:Rick Nicholson
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Thanks, TapeDude,

The old Perc card is only PCI and it was matched with this drive before, so no problems there.

Can I have "overlapping" Device IDs on the two cards (a device 0 on both cards, for example) or, if I have a 0, 1, and 2 on the Perc 5/i card, do I need to use 3 on the Perc 2 card?

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You can use the same device ID's on different controllers, just not on the same controller.

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by:Rick Nicholson
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Thanks again, TapeDude!

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