[Sysadmins] SATA and Dell PE2970/R710

Seán O Sullivan seanos at seanos.net
Wed Jul 28 12:06:12 IST 2010


On 28 July 2010 11:58, Nick Hilliard <nick at netability.ie> wrote:
> On 18/12/2010 12:23, David Malone wrote:
>> We're thinking about ordering a Dell 2970 or R710 to put some
>> existing SATA drives into. Someone claimed that the R710 machines
>> won't take generic SATA drives, even with the right caddy. I have
>> seen this done once before on a Toshiba laptop, however, I've not
>> seen it on Dell machines. Anyone know if they are actually locked
>> to particular drives?
>
> I'm led to understand that as of software revision 12.3.0-0032, the PERC
> H700 (basically a rebranded MegaRAID 9260-8i or thereabouts), which comes
> as an option on the R710, will support third party disk drives.

Originally the H200/H700 controllers didn't support third-party disks,
however with recent firmwares
H200: http://support.us.dell.com/support/downloads/format.aspx?releaseid=R266562
H700: http://support.us.dell.com/support/downloads/format.aspx?releaseid=R269684
They do now support third-party disks.

> On a related question, does the R710 chassis come with pre-installed disk
> caddies, or do you need to buy these separately?

No pre-installed disk caddies.


Seán



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