Adding extra hard drives to a Dell Poweredge 2800

Posted on 2009-12-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a Dell Poweredge 2800 that has two 76GB SCSI drives in a RAID 1 array. It has a PERC 4/e RAID controller.

I also have a non operational (knackered motherboard) Poweredge 2800 that has 2 identical drives that were also configured in a RAID 1 array.

I've no need to get the broken server back on line and just intend to use it for spare parts.However I would like to use the disks if possible in my other server.

I don't need to have them mirrored - ideally I'd rather just have them as standalone disks for extra storage.

Can aybody let me know how i go about doing this?
Question by:metamatic
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    Accepted Solution

    Plug in the disk drives and make sure that you can see the disks in BIOS. You may format them by using Dell maintenance disks that should have been given to you with the server. Boot the server with the Dell disc and format the new drives, then restart the server and you'll have two empty disks ready to use. If you don't have Dell discs, just boot the server and go to Computer Management -> Disk Management. You can do anything from there.
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    If the disks to be used on another server with SCSI controller, you can be able to see them. You don't have to set up mirror (RAID 1 or 10), however, you may have to set up RAID 0 (no RAID) to be able to use the space.


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    Cheers guys - sorted now. It's so much less nerve racking when you are only messing around with disks and arrays on an old system rather than a live production server!

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