[Linux-PowerEdge] Good idea? Dell MD1000 with 3TB SAS drives using a PERC 6/e controller to attach to a PowerEdge R905.

Laurent CARON lcaron at unix-scripts.info
Thu Jul 3 14:02:51 CDT 2014

On 16/07/2012 10:12, Laurent CARON wrote:
> On 11/07/2012 17:03, Diederick Stoffers wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> We have a PowerEdge R905 and are running out of disk space. I can get
>> a great deal on a refurbished PowerVault MD1000 with a Dell PERC 6/e
>> RAID controller, no disks. Can anyone comment on putting Enterprise
>> grade Seagate Constellation 3TB SAS disks in RAID6 mode in this direct
>> attached storage solution? I think Dell officially only supported
>> putting 2TB SATA disks with a PERC 5/e controller in this SAS/SATA
>> compatible storage array. Will I run into trouble?
> Hi,
> I did order a SAS 6Gb HBA [1] from dell to plug a MD1000 to it. The
> required cable is the following [2]: External SAS (SFF8470) to Mini SAS
> (SFF8088).
> Once the MD1000 is plugged to the SAS HBA, all the hard disks are
> available in a JBOD way (perfect for my MD soft RAID setup).
> 3TB HDD are now perfectly supported (although I don't expect any support
> from Dell should something go wrong with this setup).
> Just my experience if it can help somebody
> [1]:
> http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/hard_drives_storage/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=corp&sku=342-0910
> [2]:
> http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=us&l=en&cs=04&sku=A3630708&baynote_bnrank=0&baynote_irrank=0&~ck=baynoteSearch
> Laurent
> PS: As always in such case, if it burns your house, makes your cat sick,
> i'm not in any way responsible for it.


I just upgraded this array (MD1000) to 4TB HDDs. Although not the best 
performing array, this box still pushes ~500MB/s (over 15 disks).



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