Adding Additional Hard drive disks

Dell Poweredge 2950
February 24, 2010 at 05:55:10
Specs: Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Ed SP2

I wish to add two additional disks to this machine. There are 2 spare bays and the current config is as follows:

PE2950 Quad-Core Xeon X5355 2.66GHz/2x4MB 1333FSB
Riser with PCI Express Support (2x PCIe x8 slots; 1x PCIe x4 slot) x 1
PE2950 Bezel Assembly x 1
2GB FB 667MHz Memory (4x512MB single rank DIMMs) x 1
500GB SATA2 Universal (7,200 rpm) 3.5 inch Hard Drive x 4
Chassis 3.5HDD x6 Backplane x 1
PERC 5/i, Integrated Controller Card (8 ports, 256MB cache, battery backup) x6 backplane x 1
8X IDE DVD-ROM Drive x 1
Broadcom TCP/IP Offload Engine functionality (TOE) Enabled x 1
English Windows 2003 R2 Std Svr 5 CAL + CD & Docs (12GB Partition) x 1
PE2950 Open Manage CD + Drivers x 1
C4,MSSR5, Integrated PERC 5/i, min3/max6or8 x 1

Ideally I wish to add two 2TB disks to create a mirrored 1TB partition. How would I go about this?

Thanks in advance.

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February 24, 2010 at 14:44:18
"500GB SATA2 Universal (7,200 rpm) 3.5 inch Hard Drive x 4"

If you already have four internal drives, I would advise an external hard drive enclosure connected via SATA-E (preferred) or USB.
You might consider a four drive enlosure to be prepared for future expansion.

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February 24, 2010 at 14:55:57
Thanks aegis1,

I appreciate your comments but I still have 2 available hot swap bays.

Dell have quoted a small fortune for 2, 2TB SATA disks in hot swap caddies that can be added as a mirrored array giving an extra 2TB of storage.

My question really is, is this possible, can I use any 2TB SATA disks and will the RAID controller recognise the disks when inserted and give me the required options to creat the partitions?

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February 24, 2010 at 16:06:59
You might have better luck trying a Raid forum, Fred. I think most people (including myself) on this forum are kinda biased against raid, and not very knowledgeable in that area. :-(

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