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We would like to set up a RAID 5 disk array on our DELL PowerEdge 2650. We're using a QLogic fibre card talkin to a DELL PV 56F.\r\nDoes DELL offer any software to allow us to use the DELL/EMC fibre disk shelf, DELL PN# WC137, EMC model# CX-2PDAE-FD. Thank you for your assistance.

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Once a raid is set up, there is not other software needed to use it. you just need to set up the bios to use bootable addon cards.

1.) install the card , connect harddrives
2.) set the bios boot options to boot from bootable addon card
3.) set up raid or shadow volumes.
4.) Install widows or what ever normally (you may need to laod the raid driver that came with the card during the windows setup process)
5.) everything works as if it was one harddrive without the need of any software. except the drivers that came with your card.

Ps ther eare 2 drivers, 1 for the windows boot process and the other after windows is installed, both are on the disc that came with the card

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Windows server 2008 raid setup on a dell poweredge 2850


2 drives indicates they are RAID 1, which are mirrored. 2 x 36GB = 36GB. This is an industry standard config. If you make any changes you will lose the array making it RAID 0 (no RAID - no longer hot swap), and or the complete loss of OS / data.

Instead make another logical drive for data storage. You need three or four drives to set up as RAID 5, again an industry standard config.

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Dell poweredge t110 Raid 5 setup on PERC 100 raid config in bios stating Virtual drive degraded and drive 2 is in ready state...how do we remove from drive array and install a new on without data loss


In a RAID 5 config, you need at least 3 drives (you can have more however). A small part of every drive is then reserved for recovery data for the other drives. So two drives together hold all the data needed to restore a 3rd drive.

The Raid Controllers in the Dell Poweredge Servers are hot swappable. So you can just pull the faulty disk and then insert a new replacement drive in the same slot (Needs to be the same type and size or bigger. However, if the disk is bigger than the other 2, then only the size of the two other disks will be used on the new drive). The Raid controller will then see that there is a new disk and automatically start the recovery process. You will be able to see this when you open the Controller software. Once the recovery is done, the RAID 5 will be fully functional again.

While one of the disks is faulty or missing the two remaining disks will continue to work, but at the severely degraded performance. After the rebuild the performance will be back to the way it was before.

The rebuild can take more than an hour, depending on the disk sizes used.

There is also an option on some Controllers to select one drive as a "spare". Then you insert one more disk and set it as spare. It will not start working unless one of the other disks in the Raid fails. That's when it is used automatically as a replacement.

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Need to increase the hdd size in a dell poweredge 1600sc with raid 1


You will not be able to increase the hdd size of a raid array, it's size is set. If you need more storage, you can add additional drives ( either in raid or standalone ) and use the new drive(s) for storage, but the original array will remain unchanged. The other option is to back up all of your data, install new drives and create a new array.

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My dell 2600 cannot identify the hard drives even from the bios.somebody mentioned the raid card.any ideas??


Have you used SCSI drives? I think it should have 80 pins. What was the SIZE of the HDD? You must have the EXACT SAME SIZE for all the Available Hard Drives. Its RAID. You must install (2 or 3 or what ever the number) hard drives with exact the same capacity. IF you have used/ are using 40 GB then you have to use the exact same size. You cannot CHANGE the Size. Then the Raid Array will Fail. If you are using RAID 5 or any similar technology then No Chance.
And you must Launch the "Rebuild Array".
If you have errors while Rebuilding: I would suggest updating the firmware on the remaining drives as there may be an issue with SCSI timeout errors that caused your disk to fall off its array.
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How to transfer OS and data to newer Poweredge server


The new RAID controller should read the data from the drives and work without difficulty. You will need to transfer all drives at the same time. Be sure to put the drives in the same spot in the new server.

Here are the bad news parts:

1. Your data is at risk. Make sure you do a good backup before trying this.

2. It is far more likely that your performance problems come from disk access or memory than the actual processor. If this is the case, then you probably won't be helping yourself with the migration. If you haven't already done so, analyze what is causing your performance bottleneck to make sure you are going in the right direction.

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I have a working Dell Poweredge 2650 with 2 x Xeon 1.8Gig processors, 5 x 36GB hard disks, running Windows 2003 Server. I have recently purchased a newer Poweredge 2650 with the same configuration except...


You should be able to do this by moving the drives all at once ALL DRIVES MUST BE PLACED IN THE SAME SLOTS 0,1,2,3,4, do not mismatch else it will be a nightmare ............HOWEVER BACKUP your data up if you are going this route,on paper it might sound like a winner,however not all that glitters is gold.controllers though they might be the same have different firmware which allow them to do different things,so if you are going to this the os drive raid 0 or 1 must be two seperate is drives.once this done,how is your raid set up for the other drives once you have a good back up to restore if there is any complication,move the over in the same order,remember POWER DOWN BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT THIS .PS REBUILDING TAKES FOREVER.
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I'm having some trouble with a dell poweredge 2650 I bought off eBay.


You are not too clear, however I'll take a guess ..

1) Booting from CD ... older CD drives fitted to PE26xx range do not recognize Windows 2003 bootable install CD's .. the TS-L462C (a laptop drive) should be compatible with the PE 2650 (I know it works in my 2600)

2) Installing the Operating System onto the PERC SCSI Array drives .. a total pain .. with older OS (Windows 2000) you can use the 4 x floppy disk set to install and hit (F6 ? as I recall) to tell it to 'load a 3rd party driver' ... get the PERC drivers from the Dell site.

Alternative = toss the useless Tape Drive and install a set of SATA drives in the same space (a 3 drive Hot Swap caddy eclosure will fit = Icy Box or StarTech) .. you will need a PCI RAID card (such as Si3124) since the M'Bd has nothing but a combined floppy/TapeDrive IDE interfafce.

3) Finally, be aware that this is a SERVER level box .. spare parts & Dell 'official' upgrades are going to cost you an arm & a leg = and don't even ask what the special 'ECC parity' Memory sticks cost :-)


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Dear jckim, Which server you are using? Usually this error occurs when raid controller card have some problem.Have you getting any error codes?

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The Perc RAID controller in a 2600 doesn't support RAID 4.
You can do RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5.

With 3 HDD's your best bet would be a RAID 5.

Mirroring is RAID 1 (which would only use 2 of the drives)

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HI thanks for reply. i must say im new to this raid stuff. i was given the server by my coworker because he could not get the other drive to show in windows. he got fustrated and gave it to me. so i tey at home. ok here is what i have.

Dell poweredge 1600sc. it has two gig ram. I open the case andther it has one primary hdd and four other hdd connected on one ribbon to the board. it had windows server 2003 all ready on it. I was in the set up (ctrl +m) and i saw the drives say ready. i hit the space bar to set array. after i did that it say i had to initlize it before i reboot. now the drives say online. i boot into windows and the drives are still do not show. am i looking in the right place. i know. im stupid. go ahead and laugh.
plus is there a good place to lean this raid stuff. thanks. nezza

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