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 next solution is viable in win 98, and I don?t see any reason why it shouldn?t work for you too. If you know of anything I?m missing you should consult someone else. The solution is slightly complex, so I hope I can explain it properly:
1. Create a startup disk so you can format and install windows.
2. Set the new HD as master and connect it to Primary IDE.
3. Disconnect the SCSI and remove it.
4. Restart the computer with the disk you created (with the new HD connected).
5. Go to the Bios settings in order to make sure that the computer does recognize the new HD as the primary drive in the first IDE.
6. Now, FDisk the new HD, set the partitions, restart and format it. Install the OS and make sure it is working properly.
7. Insert the SCSI and restart again.
8. At this stage the computer would reboot into the IDE and see the SCSI/ You may have to change something in the OS settings for that, but I don?t know where.