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Topic # 232025 26-Mar-2018 13:23
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GZ'ers

 

 

 

Interested to know if any of the server savvy GZ members have had any experience placing (in particular) dell branded drives with hp branded drives into Dell (perc) raid arrays.
Both vendors list the same seagate drive part number, I assume each may have their own firmware, however everything else is identical?

 

 

 

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Lee


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  Reply # 1983438 26-Mar-2018 13:47
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I've not done exactly the same swap as what you are proposing, but i did put a drive out of a HP server into a IBM server (had to swap over the cages of course) and it worked perfectly fine.

 

 

 

The only issue could be with any future firmware updates to the drive.  Normally HP will provide firmware updates via the storage controller - not sure if other vendors have the same level of update.

 

 

 

If the part numbers match though, and all other things match (size, form factor, speed, connection, etc) then you should be all OK to go.

 

 


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  Reply # 1983439 26-Mar-2018 13:48
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It should work fine however won't be supported - recent PERC controllers will accept non-Dell drives. Which PERC controller are you using?

 

If the drive requires a firmware update, you'll most likely have to remove it from the enclosure to flash separately. You may even need to flash it while connected to a HP controller/HP server.

 

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  Reply # 1983446 26-Mar-2018 13:59
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Gents,

 

Server is a Dell R620 running 6 * HDD (1TB) in raid 50 on a PERC H710P Mini.
Fantastic little server. Dell are suggesting they would like a shade over $800 for a replacement drive with a 3 week lead time.

 

Just started looking offshore I can get pre loved units in caddies for under $80USD (Dell branded).

 

As a HP brand with their firmware (same seagate number) they are about $150ish on trademe

 

Cheers

 

Lee


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  Reply # 1983449 26-Mar-2018 14:10
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Wow, yeah I'd start looking offshore. Buy a few drives at a time so end up with some spares. Watch out for the ~$400 import tax threshold.

 

The Dell x20 series are nice servers. I have an R720 with the same controller that has been running a mixture of generic Samsung Enterprise SSDs and generic Seagate HDDs without missing a beat.


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  Reply # 1984253 27-Mar-2018 13:14
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Yes it should work fine, end of the day a drive is a drive. The only real caveat around this sort of thing is, don't do it with in warranty servers, the vendor will probably tell you it voids the warranty.

 

 

 

 





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