hard drives for Dell Poweredge 2970

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Dell PowerEdge 2970 Windows 2008 R2 running three 300GB 20K SAS drives 3Gbps RAID5

I have a much newer server that is a file server for a dozen users, I want to rebuild this newer server  so I'd like to move around 4TB to this 2970 server temporarily but I'll have to add some storage. Would anyone know if these hard drives will work on this 2970 server?

https://www.yobitech.com/Part-400-AMTN-Original-Dell-2TB-2000GB-7200-RPM-p/400-amtn.htm
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Tom CieslikIT Engineer
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Commented:
It looks like your server has 8 x 2.5” Hard Drive Option; so Yes those drives should work OK
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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Side note:  When dealing with RAID controllers no matter what the manufacturer, always have at least one spare controller on the shelf for each model of controller being used, kept current to the same firmware as the one in use in the systems.

When a controller blows out it is prudent to be able to swap a ready spare that works in 15 minutes ... instead of paying premium prices for a replacement, plus overnight delivery, plus downtime costs, and then finding out on arrival that the firmware does not match.
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dumb question, how would you go about having a spare with up to date firmware?
Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software Engineer

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Not a dumb question at all.

Run the controller's maintenance software.  Somewhere in there it will state what the firmware level is.  Or perhaps when the system starts up, the RAID controller's BIOS extension comes on-screen and states something like "Hit <F12" for setup."  Somewhere in those screens it will report the firmware level.  If none of these, then go into Device Manager and look at both the PCI Instance ID and Firmware Level which are among the available options on the Properties page.

Then go out to fleabay and look for a controller that is hardware identical, with an equal or lower firmware level.  If equal, no problem.  If lower, install it in a host system temporarily and do a firmware upgrade so that it is the same level as the other ones.  In either case, confirm that the controller operates correctly before putting it on the shelf as a cold spare.

Another side note:  If using the same model controller in multiple systems, it is advisable for both hardware sparing and maintenance purposes to keep all the firmware at the same level; same for the maintenance software.
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If this is a Dell, just install Dell Open Manage and You'll get all information about your hardware and software.
Go to www.dell.com

put your Dell TAG number and go to download,, select your Operating system and navigate to Dell Open Manage, Management Node.
Install it and check what you want.

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