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R710 transform a 4 x 3"5 drives and flex bay

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Hello,

For a DELL PowerEdge R710.


Is it possible to transform a 4 x 3"5 drives and a flex bay into a 6x3"5 drives ?
Can i replace the 4x3"5 backplane with a 6x3"5 backplane and install 6 disks ?


Or can i install 3"5 drives into the flex bay ?
Thanks

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RE: R710 transform a 4 x 3"5 drives and flex bay

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Hello

Yes, it should be possible to switch to a different backplane. Changing to a different backplane is not supported though. We don't have any kits for performing a backplane upgrade/downgrade. There is also not a process or guide in place to perform this task.

You will likely need to change out all of the cabling, and you should check to see if your bezel will accommodate two more slots. Sometimes we install a blank to cover slots, which can be removed, and sometimes it requires a different bezel.

Since this is not supported it will be trial and error. You can order the parts you think will be needed and if you encounter issue you may need to order additional parts.

Thanks

Daniel Mysinger
Dell EMC, Enterprise Engineer

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RE: R710 transform a 4 x 3"5 drives and flex bay

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Hello

Yes, it should be possible to switch to a different backplane. Changing to a different backplane is not supported though. We don't have any kits for performing a backplane upgrade/downgrade. There is also not a process or guide in place to perform this task.

You will likely need to change out all of the cabling, and you should check to see if your bezel will accommodate two more slots. Sometimes we install a blank to cover slots, which can be removed, and sometimes it requires a different bezel.

Since this is not supported it will be trial and error. You can order the parts you think will be needed and if you encounter issue you may need to order additional parts.

Thanks

Daniel Mysinger
Dell EMC, Enterprise Engineer

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RE: R710 transform a 4 x 3"5 drives and flex bay

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Thanks a lot for your reply.

cordially

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