Hi, PE2600 supported hot plug HD. here the documantation
6 hot plug hard drives optional 2 x 1 hot plug drives in media bay 584GB max hard drive capacity Ultra 320 and Ultra 160 10K and 15K SCSI drives
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PE2600 has lots of spare power (unless you are already using all 6 SCSI drive bays) ..
You can fit 3 x SATA drives in the space where the (useless) tape backup unit is sitting [you can even buy a 'proper' enclosure = Icy Dock MB453SPF or I think the SNT-2131 will fit ] .. and you can split the power off the Tape drive (4pin) power socket ..
I've not found a DVD burner (only a combined DVD reader / CD burner = TS-L462C) .. however if you have a spare IDE port you should be able to use an external unit [you will need an e-ide cable & enclosure for the drive]
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
This solution works on WIN98 and I don?t see a reason why it wont work on you
If there is something that you were missing you might want to check with anther expert. This solution is a little complex so I hope ill be able to explain it well enough:
1. Make a boot disk so u can format and install windows.
2. Define the new HD as MASTER and hook it up to "primary IDE"
3. Disconnect the SCSI and pull the board out.
4. Reset the comp from the boot disk u made (HD is connected)
5. Get in "bios settings" and make sure that the new HD is defined as "primary drive"
In the 1st IDE
6. Now, perform a FDisk on the new HD, define partitions, do a reset and format the HD
Install the operating system you wish to have, make sure it works well.
7. install the SCSI board and its HD make anther reset.
8. now the comp is supposed to make boot and recognize the SCSI, it is possible that you will need to define your system configurations but for that, regretfully, I cannot guide you
Although this is not necessarily have to happen.