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 I recently purchased DELL PowerEdge T320 Server with four 600GB SAS 15K HDs on RAID 1 off PERC H710 Raid Controller. I wanted to add two 2TB SATA 7200rpm HDs, but  online order on DELL website did not allow me to pick SATA HDs and the salesman said she could not add SATA drives in the same order either.

So I am in need of adding two 2TB SATA 7200rpm HD on my own and I have some questions:

(1) Can I just buy two 2TB SATA 7200rpm HDs from either third party online retailer like Server Supply? or do I have to buy them directly from DELL?
(2) Can I plug them into the hot-swap cage and go to RAID management software to create a new array? In other words, can SAS HDs be mixed with SATA HDs on the same controller as long as they are on different RAID configuration?
(3) Where do I download RAID management program on DELL website?
(4) Do  you recommend that I apply Firmware for PERC H710 Raid Controller?
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by:sglee
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Another question I forgot to ask:
I ordered the Server with 16GB of RAM and they used 1 stick of SAMSUNG memory. and I personally bought another 16GB of KINGSTON memory. When I looked at the memory banks on motherboard, they are colored in black and white. Original 16GB was on the first slot. I added my 16GB in the next slot in opposite color.
Was that ok?
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As far as the disks are concerned you can pick any disks disks you like using C21 option unconfigured and the controller allows it but you're using a preconfigured option. What you want to do is fine, just buy the additional disks off Dell as a separate order.

C21 option doesn't do much of a validity check, it let me pick SFF disks to go in a LFF chassis!

You put the extra RAM in the wrong hole, put it in the next slot of the same colour as the original one was in. You fill up all the slots of one colour first, this indicates bank0 of each memory channel.
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by:sglee
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OK. I will seat the 2nd memory in the same colored slot then. BTW I am just curious ... what difference does it make? Will the server perform differently as it is?

Thanks for explaining HD options.

Do I need to apply firmware on PERC H710 Raid Controller?
Where can I download Raid management software for PERC H710 Raid Controller?
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It won't make much difference to performance but RAM access will be slightly faster with each DIMM on a separate memory channel.

For a new installation I would install the latest firmware, might as well start up to date.

PERC is managed with OMSA, download from here http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/1760.openmanage-server-administrator-omsa.aspx
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Thanks Andy.
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