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hanng
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Expand RAID-10 Space for T420 Server With PERC H310

Currently I have a T420 server with RAID-10 using a PERC H310. There are 4 500GB physical drives in 2 SPANs. Total 1TB space.  How do I expand to another 1TB (2TB Total)?

1) I see there are 4 empty drive spaces with blank covers. Can I add 4 new 500GB drives to expand the space to 2TB total?

2) Can I buy 3.5" SATA caddy trays and use standard SATA drives? Can I hot insert these drive in the server?

3) I already installed Del OpenManage software. Can I use this software to expand the RAID-10?

Please advise.

Thanks.

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theflash1932
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RE: Expand RAID-10 Space for T420 Server With PERC H310

You cannot expand the size of a nested RAID level (10/50/60). You will need to do a backup/restore or create a second RAID 10 for additional server storage.

Can I buy 3.5" SATA caddy trays and use standard SATA drives?

Define "standard". Don't use consumer/desktop/laptop/NAS drives. Enterprise drives at a minimum, Dell-certified if the data or services are critical.

Can I hot insert these drive in the server?

You should always insert/swap hot-swap drives "hot".

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hanng
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RE: Expand RAID-10 Space for T420 Server With PERC H310

I would like to buy 4 1TB Hard Drives to make a new (second) RAID10 (2TB Space).

Which Dell 1TB SATA 3.5in Hot-plug Hard Drive for T420 Server do you recommend?

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theflash1932
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RE: Expand RAID-10 Space for T420 Server With PERC H310

http://www.xbyte.com/hw/dell/server-parts/hard-drives/hard-drives-for-tower/hard-drives-for-t420/del...

There are several part numbers and places you could get them ... this one is just for an example. I'd recommend you get Dell-certified drives ... just don't get laptop/desktop/NAS drives for your server.

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hanng
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RE: Expand RAID-10 Space for T420 Server With PERC H310

Thanks.

Are below steps correct procedures to create another 2TB RAID10?

1) Bought your recommended 4 1TB drives

2) Hot insert the 4 drives into the empty slots

3) Use Dell OpenManage to create a new 2TB RAID 10

If you have any online tutorials on how to do this please let me know.

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