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R740 Drive bay upgrade

A big hello to this amazing community. This is my first post.
 
I have a Dell R740 Server (2018 model).
 
This server came installed with an 8 drive SAS front bay (SFF). Can I add an additional cages and controller to increase the number of SAS SSD's from 8 to 24?
 
What are the part nos for the upgrade - cage/bay, cable, controller?
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No, you cant change the drive bay configuration. Each drive bay configuration is a different physical chassis, which requires a specific backplane. The drive bays are riveted/welded into place and arent removable. This is true for all PowerEdge servers. 

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Yes you can surely add some new cages and controller. Also, If you are looking for a good driver updater software then I will suggest you to go for Smart Driver Care.

Hello Mandeep.sjs,

 

Thank you for choosing Dell.

I've checked documentation and would like to share with you possible front hard-drive configurations for PowerEdge R740:

 

8 x 2.5 -inch hard drive configuration

16 x 2.5 -inch hard drive configuration

8 x 3.5 -inch hard drive configuration

 

Source: https://dell.to/3mCeOq1 p.12

 

Please ask me if you have any questions.

Thank you

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No, you cant change the drive bay configuration. Each drive bay configuration is a different physical chassis, which requires a specific backplane. The drive bays are riveted/welded into place and arent removable. This is true for all PowerEdge servers. 

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This is surprising but true!

Response from Dell support:

"server can maximum take up to 8 HDD only. You cannot install more than that. If storage space is a concern then you need to install higher capacity drivers in available 8 slots."

Hi @Mandeep.sjs,

 

Yes, unfortunately to upgrade the server's slot to higher amount, needs various hardware changes and it is almost impossible. 


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A big hello to this amazing community.
 
I have a Dell poweredge R740 Server.
 
This server was installed with an 8 drive SAS front bay (SFF). All the drives together is 96TB, 12Tb in each bay operating on RAID5. Am currently running out of space. How Can I add an additional cages drive to increase the number of SAS SSD's from 8 to 9 or 10 to get more space? What re the requirements? 
 
What are the part nos for the upgrade - cage/bay, cable, controller?

Hi @Omoakin,

 

Do you happen to know what backplane do you use in your server? Would it be a 16 drive or 8 drive backplane? If you're using a 16 drive backplane, then you need to check what is the drive specification that you use and locate the correct same drive specification here: https://dell.to/3N0Gz6I. Alternative, it's preferable to contact sales support to confirm the availability of drives.

 

If you're using a 8 drive backplane, as I check in the user guide, there is no expansion or method to add another 8 drive backplane next to the existing one. https://dell.to/3lKHn3w


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