PowerEdge T410 - Seagate Drives?

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I have a customer with a 6 year old PE T410 server (PERC6 RAID5) with 750GB Nearline SAS drives.  These drives are Dell-branded ST3750630SS drives (3Gbps, 7.2K),  One of the drives failed, and I cannot find an exact replacement drive match, since they were apparently rare.  I could probably track down  a 1TB drive from the same Seagate family, but it would also be at least 6 years old.  I need to stabilize the array while I am exploring new server options with the customer.

I know with the MD NAS products, Dell firmware on the drives is critical.  However, with the T410 and the PERC6 controller, would I be OK using a new Seagate-branded ST1000NM0023 (1TB 7.2K 6Gbps Near Line SAS Enterprise drive) as a replacement drive for this RAID 5 array?

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Top Expert 2015

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I can't confirm that but I did also thought as long as I use the same size or bigger nearline SAS drive as a replacement then it should be fine.  Maybe someone who had done it can comment.
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Get the disks directly from Dell, as your disks need Dell firmware.

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I guess that I will go with a 1TB Dell branded drive and hope for the best in terms of compatibility.
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Top Expert 2010
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Usually, enterprise drives will work fine, but I would recommend doing all or nothing (all certified or all non-certified) - seen too many issues possibly attributed to mixing them. You don't have to get the same model - just need a Dell-certified drive of any size larger than the original (all certified drives, regardless of make/model, have compatible firmware).

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C6KFVD8/
DavidPresident
Top Expert 2010
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Just call dell and ask them what to buy. they'll be happy to give you the appropriate QUALIFIED replacement.     Your customer got 5 years out of those disks, you can't argue with that level of success.  Get the right disks with proper firmware.
DavidPresident
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P.S. As I have a NDA and access to release notes of those disks, as well as the firmware, I assure you that even if you had the right disk, you can have the wrong firmware, and wrong mode page settings that put your data at risk.
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Suggest closing, accepting best answers to the question.

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