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Re: Can i add 142GB of hard disk on Dell PE 2600...
You can always add more storage to a server, as long as you have enough internal connectors in the server. You can also purchase another scsi or sata backplane to add more ports if you're out of internal connectors. You may also want to look into a SAN or NAS device to offload some of your not too frequently used data. Many SAN devices give incredible performance with pretty good scalability. Steven
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Dell provides lifetime tech support for all PE servers. Call them at 800-945-3355 and give them the service tag or express service code from the server. If it can be done, they will tell you how. Good luck!
If this was me,I would make sure the cables were connected to the hard discs and to the motherboard first before doing anything else.If these are connected go to the control panel,go to hardware,device.It will tell you to add a device click on this and it will search for your hard discs.Or it will say,"can't install hardware because windows can't find the software"Then you have to go to device manager by clicking (together) the internet flag key(bottom left 2nd key in) and the pause/break button.(windows 7) and xp.Here you may see a question mark in yellow,right click this and update the driver.No luck here I'm afraid it will have to go back to the people you got it from.
The hard drive needs to be set as the first SCSI ID device boot device..
The hard drive needs to have the jumper set to SCSI ID 0, the CD and FDD can be set to SCSI ID 1 and SCSI ID 2. No SCSI devices can have the same SCSI ID number unless it is on a different SCS controller.
Go into CTRL-M, go to Configure>View/Add, accept and save Disk View if prompted, and check the status of each drive. What is your RAID configuration (F3) and the drive statuses? If you are in the States, call Dell support 8008228965 - it is free whether in or out of warranty. It will be much easier to explain what you see.
As long as you have proof of purchase/paperwork......
Call Dell Customer Service.
Or E-mail them.....all info can be found on:
You may be able to Download them....
Also Check your Poweredge Manuals......
Sometimes Dell is famous for having Everything backed up on a protected partition on the Hard Drive.......So a simple keyboard command (it might be "Ctrl+F11", not sure) at the bios boot screen can sometimes load the computer Back to it's original status.......
Also There's a better way if you don't mind ignoring all the CRAPPY software that comes preloaded with your operating system.......
Or, EVEN BETTER IDEA..........
Buy a New Copy of WINDOWS (I recommend XP PRO! since Windows 7 won't be released til around September this year......then upgrade to that.......SKIP VISTA......7 is way better, I would know!)
When You boot from the Disc, (True Windows XP OS Disk) you can delete ALL THE PARTITIONS and install a FRESH NEW WINDOWS INSTALLATION..........that's the best solution, in my opinion.........but call dell.......do both of these things!
The Dell original standard CD drive shipped with the PE2600 is incapable of 'understanding' the latest generation of bootable CD's (no matter what the BIOS says).
As far as I can tell, it's not fixable in the firmware ..
However you can swap it out for a more modern drive - such as the TS-L462C (which is a plug in replacement combined DVD reader / CD reader/writer - and Dell post the required drivers on their PE 2600 web pages, so I assume it must be a 'supported' solution)
Same solution as posted before if you need to boot from a DVD: take a Dell laptop CD/DVD combo drive, remove the screws and all and exchange the PowerVault CD drive unit with it. Same internal connector. Can't remember what model I stuck in, but I had to keep the front panel of the drive since it was slightly different, I probably could have glued it, but.... That's a server machine no one is ever going to see but me! :)
That also gave me a CD-Burner which is a decent addition in case you need to quickly burn a CD/make a backup/boot disk (like a "ultimate Windows CD" boot to fix anything that could go wrong).