Dell will code the firmware to support large disks. Then test the firmware. Then they will butcher hard drives in a lab enviroment first to ensure stability. Once they are satisfied that they can release the new disks with a high percentage of uptime/reliabilty and minimal support. They will place them on their road map.
This can take a while, EMC have only just qualified 750gb sata for some of their product line and have also announced raid 6 support on some CX boxes, when this has been available for over a year on other products.
Dell is an early adopter of new technology but any additions to existing lines are rigorously tested first.
Hi Jeff, Is that to say that 1TB drives will not function at all, or that they might work but would be unsupported? We are thinking about buying a PowerEdge 2900 to set up a RAID 5 with 1TB SATA disks. Thanks!!
We're evaluating the MD1000 for maximum capacity. Are there any plans/qualifications being worked on for 1TB drives? We are looking at Hitachi Ultrastar A7K1000, p/n HUA721010KLA330. Can anyone confirm or deny?
If it's any help, we're interested in the Deskstar 7K1000, HDS721010KLA330. Any thoughts on why these drives wouldn't work?? I'd be surprised to hear that the firmware is hard-coded to support each of those drives on the support matrix individually. Thanks Matt Feusner