Third-party drives not permitted on Gen 11 servers

Chase Bolt cbolt at
Fri Feb 5 16:53:55 CST 2010

I hope this isn't true. If so I will have to start looking into a new solution for our server purchases as this is unacceptable.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Philip Tait" <philip at>
To: Linux-PowerEdge at
Sent: Friday, February 5, 2010 2:31:00 PM GMT -08:00 US/Canada Pacific
Subject: Third-party drives not permitted on Gen 11 servers

I just received my first Gen11 server, R710, with H700 PERC. I removed
the supplied drives, and installed 4 Barracuda ES.2s. After doing a
"Clear Configuration" in the pre-boot RAID setup utility, I can perform
no operation with the drives - they are marked as "blocked".

Is Dell preventing the use of 3rd-party HDDs now?

Thanks for any enlightenment.

Philip J. Tait

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