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yamezbond
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Dell PowerEdge 2950 with diferent HD sizes?

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I currently have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 Server with 4 HD 450GB RAID5 configured and Win 2012 R2.  I have some spare 146GB HD's doing nothing and wonder if I can add 2 of them to the server and increase the size on my RAID5.  I have PERK 6i controller.


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RE: Dell PowerEdge 2950 with diferent HD sizes?

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Hello yamezbond

No, you won't be able to add drives smaller than 450GB to the current RAID 5 array. You can add any drive 450GB or larger to the array(within controller limitations; which on the PERC 6 is 2TB), but it will only use 450GB of the drive.

What you could do with those 146GB HDDs is create a new array.

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Daniel Mysinger
Dell EMC, Enterprise Engineer

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theflash1932
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RE: Dell PowerEdge 2950 with diferent HD sizes?

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Windows can't do anything with the disks, UNLESS you install OpenManage Server Administrator.  You can also do it in the PERC (Poweredge Expandable Raid Controller) configuration utility (CTRL-R).

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RE: Dell PowerEdge 2950 with diferent HD sizes?

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Hello yamezbond

No, you won't be able to add drives smaller than 450GB to the current RAID 5 array. You can add any drive 450GB or larger to the array(within controller limitations; which on the PERC 6 is 2TB), but it will only use 450GB of the drive.

What you could do with those 146GB HDDs is create a new array.

Thanks

Daniel Mysinger
Dell EMC, Enterprise Engineer

Get support on Twitter @DellCaresPRO

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yamezbond
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RE: Dell PowerEdge 2950 with diferent HD sizes?

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So that means I can still use those hard drives on my server... good, so the question now is after plug it in the disks how I create the new array, through Windows Server or I have to go to the PERK controller and create it there?


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theflash1932
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RE: Dell PowerEdge 2950 with diferent HD sizes?

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Windows can't do anything with the disks, UNLESS you install OpenManage Server Administrator.  You can also do it in the PERC (Poweredge Expandable Raid Controller) configuration utility (CTRL-R).

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