change SCSI id's of drive in peripheral bay?

Alexander Lazarevich alazarev at
Fri Dec 20 14:29:01 CST 2002

i want a split backplane and a split peripheral.

1/2 backplane + 1/2 peripheral on the 1st RAID channel
1/2 backplane + 1/2 peripheral on the 2nd RAID channel

but then, put the RAID 1 on the 2 peripheral bay drives and the RIAD 5 on
the 8 backplane drives.


essentially im trying to split both raid arrays over two channels. i
called dell to see if this is possible and they choked at the idea. i
told them i was trying to increase the performance of the PERC3
controller, and they said, buy more disk and use a RAID10 config. well,

ive given up though. seems like its just not possible to do it.


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On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 bscott at wrote:

> On Fri, 20 Dec 2002, at 12:00pm, alazarev at wrote:
> > In order to do this I have to be able to change the SCSI ID of one drive
> > in the peripheral bay or in the backplane.
>   No, you need to split the backplane(s).  As long as the drives are on
> different SCSI channels, they can have the same SCSI ID.  What you are
> really after is splitting the backplane, such that not all the drives on the
> backplane are on the same SCSI channel.  Yes?
>   The main backplane will split automatically if you connect SCSI cables to
> both connectors.
>   Do you have one of Dell's optional hotswap cages in the peripheral bay?
> If so, I don't think that can offer a split backplane.  Although I could be
> wrong, since I've never actually used one.  :-)
>   If the drives are just hard-mounted and connected directly to the SCSI
> cabling, you just need to re-route the SCSI cables.
> --
> Ben Scott <bscott at>
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