Dell PowerEdge T320 multiple RAID cards
Posted on 2014-11-04
Is it possible to have multiple RAID cards in a Dell PowerEdge T320?
We have a T320 with 8 hotswap bays. Currently there's 2x300GB drives (RAID1) and 4x4TB drives (RAID5) all SAS drives in the hotswap bays running off a Perc h810. I want to move the 2x300GB drives out of the hotswap bay and into the two free 5.25" bays so that we can add and extra 4x4TB drive in the hotswap bays.
I'm thinking of getting an addtiional Perc h310 or similar.
I know the current RAID card won't cope with 10 drives but can I just add another PCIe RAID card? Dell seems to say no but then they say there's no room in a T320 for 10 drives. However, they are talking out of their nether regions here as there's 2 huge 5.25" bays free for extra drives so now I don't know if the Dell rep is just quoting off a sheet or there really is a technical reason why a 2 RAID card setup won't work.
I know Dell don't like recommending anything other than tested configurations so is this a definite "it won't work" or is it just a configuration they won't support?
It'll be running Windows 2012 as a storage server.