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Dell PowerEdge 2900 add SATA HD to PERC 5/i Integrated

Good afternoon,

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 with PERC 5/i Integrated controller.  Currently the system has three SAS 300 GB disks in a Raid 5.  I am trying to add two - to - four - 1 TB Western Digital SATA drives to create an new virtual disk either raid 1, 5 , or 10.  I added the SATA disks to the server, but cannot see them in OpenManage.  They are NOT Dell certified.  I had "extra" disks, brand new, that were used as spares for another server.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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hmedmeAuthor Commented:
After doing some research, perhaps I need an Interposer to complete the connection with the SAS backplane?  http://www.lsi.com/products/storagecomponents/Pages/LSISS9252.aspx
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DavidCommented:
Not all SAS backplanes (expanders) will accomodate SATA drives.  The problem has nothing to do with the PERC.  You need to contact the enclosure manufacturer and get the appropriate carrier + electronics... if such a thing exists.

Note also that this controller will not work properly with desktop class SATA.  The drive has to be enterprise-class.
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pgm554Commented:
I have non RAID SATA WD not be recognized at all with PERCS.
RE3'S and 4'S are what you should have as a minimum.
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hmedmeAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the replies guys.  I am reaching out to Dell for part numbers.
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hmedmeAuthor Commented:
Good evening,

Actually, Dell Support claims I should be able to use the SATA drives I currently have...

Going to look into this further when back in the office.
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hmedmeAuthor Commented:
Good afternoon,

I was able to solve this issue by inserting a SATA hdd into the chassis, in this case slot 4, and restarting all 4 DSM Services in services.msc (with OpenManage closed).   Then I started OpenManage and then the new disk was seen.  I was then able to insert 3 other SATA disks one by one and refreshing the OpenManage display.  Finally, I built a virtual disk using raid 10.

Very happy now with the current configuration.  Thanks to all that replied and Dell Tech Support for the assistance as well.
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DavidCommented:
Dell tech support is only right in the sense that the controller will see the disks.  I assure you, not only does WD say those disks are unacceptable for using RAID5, but also the RAID firmware in those controllers will not operate properly when the disks have failure scenarios.

(Assuming these are desktop class.  You wrote that they weren't the RE3/RE4 disks).   It is your data but be warned.  You got bad info from Dell.
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hmedmeAuthor Commented:
Dell Tech Support gave the solution and I cannot award points to that individual...
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