change SCSI id's of drive in peripheral bay?

Alexander Lazarevich alazarev at
Fri Dec 20 15:17:01 CST 2002

i do have a hot swap cage. sorry i didnt say that earlier. i thought a
peripheral bay with drives had to be a hot swap cage. andway, the cage
controllers the scsi ids of the drives. your idea would work if i could
set the scsi ids of those drives in the peripheral bay. however, i cannot
determine how to change the ids with the peripheral bay or in
the backplane.

therefore, if i configure 1/2 and /12 on each raid channel, one the ids of
the drives in the peripheral bay will always conflict with another of the
ids of a drive in the backplane.

there is no way around it unless i can change a scsi id in either the bay
or the backplane. that was my original question.

make sense? im not even sure anymore...

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On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 bscott at wrote:

> On Fri, 20 Dec 2002, at 2:27pm, alazarev at wrote:
> > 1/2 backplane + 1/2 peripheral on the 1st RAID channel
> > 1/2 backplane + 1/2 peripheral on the 2nd RAID channel
>   That is fine and reasonable, with (again) the possible exception of the
> peripheral bay.  Do you have a hotswap cage installed, or is it just a
> couple of drives with cables hanging off each one?
>   I will assume it does not have a hotswap cage.
>   You will need two SCSI cables.  Each one needs three connectors on it.
> No terminators should be on the cables.
>   You should find that the main hotswap cage (the one with eight drives) has
> two SCSI connectors on the backplane.  One end of each cable will attach to
> one of those connectors (one cable per connector).  The middle connector on
> each cable will attach to one of the drives in the peripheral bay. The other
> end of each cable will attach to a channel port on the RAID controller.
>   The main hotswap cage will automatically split the backplane when you have
> things attached to both connectors.  Termination will be done in the
> controller and in the backplane of the main hotswap cage.
>   You should then be able to go into the MegaRAID BIOS utility at boot and
> create your logical volumes spanning the two channels.  (The PERC/?C
> controllers are re-branded MegaRAID cards.)
>   Since the MegaRAID controller, in theory, supports drive roaming, you
> might even be able to preserve existing logical volumes while doing this.
> I would not bet on it, though.  Have a backup -- correction: Have several
> backups, and test them, before you try this.
> --
> Ben Scott <bscott at>
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