change SCSI id's of drive in peripheral bay?

Alexander Lazarevich alazarev at
Fri Dec 20 16:22:00 CST 2002

hey ben,

the raid controller has only 2 internal channels. i thought about putting
the raid1 on the onboard controller, but i REALLY dont like that
controller. ;)

i think ill stick with the dell way. 2x1 drives on one channel in a raid1.
8x1 drives on the other channel in a raid5. it works, its just not as fast
as i wanted.

the last thing i need to do is void the 3 year warranty we got on this bad
boy. i wonder if i put a 3rd party cage in there, dell might freek,

maybe next year when we get some bucks, we'll get a second PERC3
controller, that way we can have 4 internal channels. yee hoo!

thanks for the help though!

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On Fri, 20 Dec 2002 bscott at wrote:

> On Fri, 20 Dec 2002, at 3:15pm, alazarev at wrote:
> > i do have a hot swap cage.
>   Okay, that makes things difficult.  Dell's hotswap cages are hardwired to
> start with SCSI ID zero.  That will, as you observe, cause a conflict with
> the other hotswap cage.  Also, the two-drive cage's backplane cannot be
> split, so both drives would have to be on one channel.
> > i thought a peripheral bay with drives had to be a hot swap cage.
>   It does if you order it from Dell.  :-)
>   You have a couple of options:
>   You can use three channels on your four channel controller.  One for the
> peripheral bay cage, and two for the split main cage.
>   You can replace the Dell peripheral bay cage with a third-party cage that
> *does* allow you to set the SCSI IDs.  One brand I've used and liked is
> Cremax (  YMMV.
> --
> Ben Scott <bscott at>
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