We use a Dell PowerEdge 1600SC running Win Server 2003 as a domain controller for a small network. We have three Seagate Cheetah ST318453LW hard drives in a RAID 5 config (not hot-swapable). Last night, one of the drives failed and is making sounds that hard drives shouldn't make.
Do I have to match the exact specs on a replacement? What options do I have? The basic specs on the drive are Seagate 18 GB, 15K rpm, 68 pin SCSI Ultra320 68 pin, 8 MB Cache. Looking at Newegg, there only seems to be Fujitsu replacement drives that match these specs.
This is the link to the drives currently in service. http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&DEPA=0&Order=BESTMATCH&Description=st318453lw&x=0&y=0
Other related hardware in the server is:
Assembly, Cable, SCSI (SMALL COMPUTER SYSTEMS INTERFACE)..., 68P, 4Drop, 37inch
Card, Controller, PowerEdge Expandable Raid Controller Number 4-Single Channel, U320...