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Poweredge 2600 We have a Dell powedge 2600 with 4 36gig drives (hot swap), and 2 empty bays for additional drives witha Server 2000 operating system. If we purchase an additional larger drive, can it be plugged into an empty slot and will it automatically configure, or will it require system configuration beyond that of Dell Array Manager?

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  • bilicke Nov 28, 2007

    It worked just like you said! Thanks for the help!!



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A larger drive should auto-configure just fine keep in mind that you may not get access to the full drive depending on how you have it all setup. In any case if there are any problems with the auto-configure you should be able to easily go into the RAID manager and tell it what you want to do with the drive.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007


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