Dell Raid Controller configuration

Merlin-Eng used Ask the Experts™
This is a Dell Poweredge T410 which is about 5 years old now and is running SBS2008. It has 6 hot swap drive bays on the front panel. It came supplied with 2 x 500g drives plugged into the left hand bays on the top row in a Raid 1 configuration. The raid controller has two channels. I always assumed that one drive would be on each channel, but it turns out that they are both on the same Channel. I also found that of the six bays, 4 of them are wired to one channel whilst only 2 are wired to the other channel.

I'm about to replace one of the disks today, and i'm wondering if there is any performance advantage to be had if I put the replacement disk on the other channel?
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Hi Have used Dell servers for years. There is no real performance advantage by put the replacement disk on the other channel.

Also, you could loose everything by puting the new drive into other channel.
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Thanks for that. I've put the new drive in the original bay and it's currently rebuilding.
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