Installing an additional HDD into an IBM x3200 server

Hi Guys,

We have an IBM System X 3200 M3 server with 2 x 500Gb hard drives installed.
The drives have been striped with RAID 0 running VMWare Esxi.

We now wish to install another 2Tb drive.

I need confirmation that the drive will be compatible with the server model, and that we would be able to install the drive, without interfering with the current RAID config.
I am not sure whether we'd be able to run 2 x separate RAID groups on this model?

Server model:  MT7328
Hard drive model:  42D0782      - IBM 2TB 7200 NL SATA 3.5" HS HDD
Rupert EghardtProgrammerAsked:
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
We now wish to install another 2Tb drive.

Do you want to:

a) Add a 2 TB drive to the existing 2x500GB RAID 0 configuration.
b) Replace the 2x500GB RAID 0 configuration using 2 TB drives
c) Add an additional RAID set to the existing controller using 2 TB drives
d) Do something else

If the answer is "a", all drives on a RAID 0 should be identica.  Adding a 2 TB drive is not a good idea unless you want a JBOD without redundancy.
Rupert EghardtProgrammerAuthor Commented:
(c) - Add additional RAID set to the existing controller using 2Tb drives.
Thus existing 1Tb (500 + 500) will remain intact - the boot partition.
David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
If you add just 1 drive the only option you will get is raid 0 and it will be in another raid group  Drives > 2TB may be a problem depending upon your raid controller.

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x3200 M3 7328, not MT7328.

No RAID support on integrated SATA controller (used on simple-swap standard models); RAID 0, 1, 1E with ServeRAID-BR10il v2 (used on hot-swap standard models). Optional RAID 5, 50 with M5014 or M5015. Optional upgrade to RAID 6, 60 is available for M5014/M5015.

Assuming ServeRAID-BR10il v2 then you can have more than one array so it will work,
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