Dell PowerEdge 2950 using 2 TB 3.5" SATA drives

I'm wanting to purchase a PowerEdge 2950 and place 4 x 2 TB drives into it's chasis.  As I understand I can place 4 x 3.5" SATA's in it's chassis.  Now, when reading the specs on this it seems that it can only handle up to 750 GB's per drive.  Now, when this documents was created I don't think 2 TB's where even in the market.  So, the question is if the controller can handle 4 x 2 TB drives.  If not, which Dell controller can I plan into it's chassis will allow this?
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
"When this documents was created I don't think 2 TB's where even in the market."

That's exactly why it only says 750, and Dell never updates their docs.

If you have a PERC 6, then 2TB drives work just fine.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
It's a Perc 5.  Should I give it a shot or just be safe and purchaes a Perc 6 controller?
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Sorry for calling out the PERC 6 and creating confusion ... the PERC 5 should be no different.
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DavidPresidentCommented:
Also make sure you understand the limits of firmware and operating systems when it comes to LUNs > 2.09TB.   I.e., you wont be able to boot a logical device > 2.09TB, so don't make mistake of building one giant RAID5 and then partitioning it.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
I plan to boot to a USB memory stick.  It will be booting VMware ESXi v4.1.  The raid 6 or 5 array with spare will be for a datastore mounted in VMWare's environment using 512KB block size.  
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Doesn't ESXi have a 2TB limit per LUN as well?  If so, you would need to break them up into RAID 1's or create "slices" across the disks (multiple RAID arrays across the same set of disks).  I would recommend the former, although the disk cost is higher.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
Can I create logical disks across existing arrays on the controller?  I really need the ability to have 3 TB's within this one chassis.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
Can I create logical disks across existing arrays on the controller?  I really need the ability to have 3 TB's within this one chassis.
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gopher_49Author Commented:
From what I've read the limitation at this level is the size of virtual drives allocated to the VM's and not the actual LUN that ESXi will use.  I'll open up a different ticket for the LUN size.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Sorry ... my wife dared me to disconnect for the weekend :)

That may be ... not clear on the ESXi stuff :)  But you can create multiple arrays across the disks - when configuring the Virtual Disk, just specify the size of the array - it will support up to like 16 or 32 VD's.

Good luck.
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