04-20-2012 07:09 AM
Has anyone successully used the following drives in a new RD240 Thinkserver?
67Y1385 Lenovo 450GB 15K RPM 6GBS 3.5in SAS Hot-Swap Hard Drive For Thinkserver.
Matrix doesn't show it, but that doen't expressly mean they won't work.
Anyone tried? SAS only, RAID1 needed, no SATA mixed,
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04-23-2012 08:13 AM - edited 04-23-2012 08:33 AM
does anyone have any input at al?
e.g. can they say wether they've used any non-Lenovo drives successfully?
We currently have a bunch of old Dell 146GB SAS drives from a 3 year old Poweredge working happily in there. Leneovo say their older 450 SAS drives "aren't suported", but is there any obvious reason why the older 450GB SAS drives won't work? e.g . tray desig, firmware glitches with newer RAID etc.
The older 450GB SAS and newer 450GB SAS drives appear to have an indentical spec, but the new ones are 3 xtimes the price!! This a is a big pill to swallow for our smll business customer who's already shelling out after major water damage. We want the RD240, but can't afford $600 per drive over $215 for the old ones.
04-23-2012 12:38 PM
welcome to the forum!
"aren't supported" means that the particular drive in question hasn't been tested and qualified on thinkserver systems and won't be covered by support calls that directly relate to issues originating from the use of non-lenovo drives.
however, i'm sure they'll work fine. all SAS drives are intended for RAID use. and, old drives have a better chance of working on new controllers than new drives on old controllers. that's typically where you run into conflicts (and typically in the controller firmware, not the drive).
04-26-2012 03:17 PM - edited 04-26-2012 03:18 PM
well have gone for it anyway, like you say SAS should be fine.... but it's one of those - new drive $600 = old drive $200
both exactly the same spec, but if for some weird reason there is some strange firmware glitch or compatability issue, then we end up buying 2 useless drives we can't charge the customer for. Murphy's law and all that!
am buying one for now, then will rebuild RAID later with others, customer has agreed to cover cost if wrong, so all good now