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Adding a 5TH 1TB Sata internal drive to Dell Power Edge 1900 Server

Hi Experts,

  I have a Dell Poweredge 1900 Server currently with 4 internal SATA drives. According to the systems specs, I should be able to have up to 6 SATA Drives but I only see 4 sata connectors in the motherboard. Do I need to get a sata cable with split ends, is there such a thing? or how do I go about adding this other drive?

http://www.dell.com/downloads/emea/products/pedge/en/PE1900_Spec_Sheet_Quad.pdf

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DavidCommented:
There are 6 backplane slots that work with both SAS & SATA drives, and 4 embedded internal SATA ports. So technically you can connect 10 SATA drives, but 6 of them have to be in the drive bays on the backplane. You ordinarily use the SAS/SATA (LSI / PERC) RAID controller to interface.  

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DavidCommented:
somewhat confusing .. there are 4 sata ports you are familiar with on the motherboard, and dell ALSO has a combo sas/sata controller that you alternately use to connect all 6 drive bay slots into.  

if  you want to hook up 6 sata disks, then buy the add-on card and use that instead. iT has hardware-based RAID so you are going to be better off anyway, even though it costs you some money.

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frankbustosAuthor Commented:
thanks for your fast response, you cleared things up for me...i was a little confuse but thanks for your great help.
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DavidCommented:
glad to help .. p.s. if your budget allows, strongly consider getting 2 SAS disks instead.  Make that a RAID1 and make it bootable.  Those drives can easily deliver twice the performance of the SATA disks.  The controller supports both SAS & SATA disks, so you can move the SATA disks there, and even go to hardware-based RAID controller instead of software based, and see a performance increase.
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frankbustosAuthor Commented:
awesome, thanks again.
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