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using sata 2.5 in hp dl380 g5

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Hi guys,

i currently have a hp dl380 g5 and i wanted to know can i use a sata 2.5 drive in it?

I have read forums saying you could but i have just looked at it and seems to be just a sas controller and i cant connect the sata 2.5 drives?

any thoughts?
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by:rindi
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SAS controllers are backward compatible, so you can also run SATA drives on an SAS controller.

You will still need enterprise class drives though, and not standard notebook drives. Probably HP has 2.5" drives for their servers available.
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by:jonathanduane2010
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really??? damn...

i have no other option then?
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by:SamGarner
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Will the WD Red drives work? I thought they were designed for that kind of thing. I may be totally wrong on that though...
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by:jonathanduane2010
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http://serverfault.com/questions/301675/use-of-2-5-laptop-drives-in-a-server

i know its not ideal, but its just to get me out of a hole for the moment

the thing is the sata drives dont seem to fit?
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by:rindi
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No. From what I could find, WD only makes 2.5" server drives that are SAS. Seagate also makes enterprise class drives that are SATA and 2.5".

But again, you should get the disks directly from HP, as those are certified and have the correct firmware.
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by:jonathanduane2010
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the difference in price is horrendous :(

i dont need any raid its just raw data
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by:rindi
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Then don't use a server.
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by:pgm554
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If it's a straight controller ,no raid and you are not going to use hardware raid,then the reds are fine.

The might be issues with HP reporting software identifying issues with those disks other than just generic smart info.

If you are going to use it as a file server with raid,then the wd enterprise is what you want.

If you are going to use it as a nas and use software raid techniques (ZFS) or ReFS,then red would be a cheaper solution.

Not that much difference in pricing though.
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by:SamGarner
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Hey pgm554 your comment actually helps with something i'm working on. Have you any thoughts this question I have asked? Jonathan this may be of some interest to you too:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Servers/Q_28165135.html
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