I have a Dell PowerVault NX3100 with a RAID 6 configuration. I am looking to add 3 more hard drives to the system to increase the size of one of the virtual drives. I purchased 3 non-Dell hard drives only to find out that my current firmware version blocks those drives from being installed. I have read that Dell has since released updated firmware that will remove the block of non-Dell hard drives on Perc H700 controllers (http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/servers/f/906/t/19324790.aspx
). I have attempted to download and update the firmware but each time I attempt to update the firmware I get a message that the application is not compatible with 64-bit. The file I'm running is a Windows batch file and it starts off just fine, so I'm pretty sure it's meant to be executed while running Windows.
So my questions are: can anyone confirm that a firmware update will remove the block status of non-Dell hard drives for the Perc H700 controller? And assuming so, how do I go about updating the firmware to allow this to happen? This is all being done in hopes of increasing volume size without losing data. If I must completely reformat to accomplish that then that obviously poses a problem.
Thanks in advance!