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

Posted on 2010-01-07
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
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?

Question by:frankbustos
    LVL 46

    Expert Comment

    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.  

    LVL 46

    Accepted Solution

    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.


    Author Closing Comment

    thanks for your fast response, you cleared things up for me...i was a little confuse but thanks for your great help.
    LVL 46

    Expert Comment

    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.

    Author Comment

    awesome, thanks again.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    What Is Threat Intelligence?

    Threat intelligence is often discussed, but rarely understood. Starting with a precise definition, along with clear business goals, is essential.

    Suggested Solutions

    Title # Comments Views Activity
    Using robocopy ID:41744943 7 35
    X3650_M5 Warning Vsphere 5 48
    Western Digital Hard Drives 10 60
    External drive not initialized 33 58
    INTRODUCTION The purpose of this document is to demonstrate the Installation and configuration, of the HP EVA 4400 SAN Storage. The name , IP and the WWN ID’s used here are not the real ones. ABOUT THE STORAGE For most of you reading this, you …
    Usually shares are where we want them for our users and we tend to take them for granted. There are times, however, when those shares may disappear causing difficulty for your users. One of the first things to try is searching for files that shou…
    This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
    Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (, you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…

    760 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    11 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now