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Maximum hard drive size for a Dell SC1430 server

Hi, I'm going to upgrade the hard drives on an older server and want to know what the max size people have had success with. The server currently has 2 - 80GB drives that are not mirrored. The server doesn't appear to have RAID built-in. I called Dell and the tech said that the most it could handle was a SATAII 500GB drive. I'm hoping to go bigger than that. The system currently runs Win 2003 Standard. My plan is to ghost the drives over to the new drives. Thanks in advance.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:

Hard Drives:
Support for up to four (4) cabled 1" internal hard drives
80GB, 160GB, 250GB, 500GB, 750GB3 and 1.0TB3 (7.2K RPM) SATA hard drives
500GB, 750GB3 and 1TB3 (7.2K RPM) nearline SAS hard drives
146GB3 and 300GB3 (10K RPM) SAS hard drives
300GB3 (15K RPM) SAS hard drives
well according to dells spec sheet:

Maximum internal storage: Up to 3TB: four 750GB cabled 3.5" SATA (7.2K RPM)

The hardware will support the 2TB SATA disks.  Just beware of power/cooling requirements.
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You may need to check for firmware/bios updates to be able to get that high of a capacity that the spec sheets are showing.
According to Dell's documentation, that server can support SATA2 drives up to 750GB capacity.  If you are looking to expand your storage higher, your best option may be to install an after-market SATA RAID controller.  Doing this would eliminate BIOS limitations on hard disks attached to the main system board SATA controller.  LSI Logic would be my suggestion for said controller.  They tend to have excellent compatibility with all server operating systems.  

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only reason it said that was because the largest HDD dell was shipping at the time was a 750GB :)
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Dlethe is right in that their docs are never updated, so you might see one that says 500GB (the original specs indicate as the max), then two other docs published at different times indicating that 750GB was the max, then 1TB.  The SC1430 has an Intel 5000V chipset ... I believe the practical limit on the size of your hard drive will be 2TB.
OGDITAdminAuthor Commented:
Server took 2 - 2TB drives ... no problem. Thanks to all.

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