replacement drives in PE servers

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Wed Mar 3 16:56:32 CST 2010

Hi Matt,
If you have hotplugs, then I would at least get a cradle for it. you can
order them by dell.

Then personaly I would use not bad quality drives for server.. there is
quite a difference in drives. even just sata drives.. so check what you
have first.. then get a drive with about same cache and

So, my suggestion is first look good what you have.. then take action..



Op woensdag 03-03-2010 om 16:05 uur [tijdzone -0600], schreef Matt
> This isn't a Linux-specific question, but I'm hoping the Dell Linux
> community has enough experience/insight to offer some suggestions.
> We have many PowerEdge servers, mostly 1950, R410 and R610 models.
> Most are running two disks in a RAID-1 (mirrored) setup using the PERC
> 5/i, 6/i or LSI SAS 1068E controllers.
> We decided that we'd like to have spare drives for all of our servers,
> on the chance that one dies.  My question is: to order spares of the
> exact same Dell part number is quite expensive.  In the event we have
> to use a spare, is it safe to use any drive that matches size and
> interface?
> One example: Dell part number JW551, with description "Hard Drive,
> 750G, ES3, 7.2K, 3.5 SGT2, Galaxy".  These aren't available on the
> website, but we got a quote for a (refurbished) model that was over
> $500.  But, ultimately, it's just a 750 GB SATA drive.  I can buy a
> brand new 750 GB SATA drive for $150 or less.
> I was just wondering what folks' thoughts are on this matter.  What
> are the risks involved in using non-exact---but properly
> spec'ed---replacement drives?
> Thanks!
> Matt
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