Drive Placement In DELL Server



  • My T320 has 8 hot plug spots available.

    Is there a best practice/does it matter what slots the drives go into?

    Should it always be sequential? Say first drive in slot 1, second dive in slot 2?

    Or can you put 2 drives in slot 1 and 2, and 3 drives in slots 5-7?


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    Fill from lowest to highest but it doesn't matter. The RAID controller will handle everything and there should be no human meaning behind the placement of the drives.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    Fill from lowest to highest but it doesn't matter. The RAID controller will handle everything and there should be no human meaning behind the placement of the drives.

    Well I have two types of drives, and it bugs my OCD nature to have 4 drives on the top row and 1 on the bottom.

    I'd prefer the two from the one array on top and the three from the other array on the bottom.

    So that's all cool?


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    o.0


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    @BRRABill said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    Fill from lowest to highest but it doesn't matter. The RAID controller will handle everything and there should be no human meaning behind the placement of the drives.

    Well I have two types of drives, and it bugs my OCD nature to have 4 drives on the top row and 1 on the bottom.

    I'd prefer the two from the one array on top and the three from the other array on the bottom.

    So that's all cool?

    Yup, that's fine.



  • @BRRABill said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    Fill from lowest to highest but it doesn't matter. The RAID controller will handle everything and there should be no human meaning behind the placement of the drives.

    Well I have two types of drives, and it bugs my OCD nature to have 4 drives on the top row and 1 on the bottom.

    I'd prefer the two from the one array on top and the three from the other array on the bottom.

    So that's all cool?

    Yes, you can do this. The RAID Controller will be able to see all of those.



  • OCD crisis averted. :)


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    Stand down everyone, stand down.



  • @scottalanmiller

    I think it's just me that needs stand downing.



  • I didn't know you could go in whatever pattern. I always filled from 0-x



  • @wrx7m said:

    I didn't know you could go in whatever pattern. I always filled from 0-x

    I always thought you had to do that as well.

    And even though it always worked with gaps, wondered if it would cause issues.



  • @BRRABill said:

    @wrx7m said:

    I didn't know you could go in whatever pattern. I always filled from 0-x

    I always thought you had to do that as well.

    And even though it always worked with gaps, wondered if it would cause issues.

    The only problems random drive placement may cause is when replacing failed drives, by the person pulling the wrong drive..... which shouldn't be an issue, you have documentation on where each drive is, right? RIGHT?



  • @travisdh1 said:

    @BRRABill said:

    @wrx7m said:

    I didn't know you could go in whatever pattern. I always filled from 0-x

    I always thought you had to do that as well.

    And even though it always worked with gaps, wondered if it would cause issues.

    The only problems random drive placement may cause is when replacing failed drives, by the person pulling the wrong drive..... which shouldn't be an issue, you have documentation on where each drive is, right? RIGHT?

    Most alerts I get tell me which bay the drive is in. Not sure if that is the same on Dell servers?



  • @coliver said:

    @travisdh1 said:

    @BRRABill said:

    @wrx7m said:

    I didn't know you could go in whatever pattern. I always filled from 0-x

    I always thought you had to do that as well.

    And even though it always worked with gaps, wondered if it would cause issues.

    The only problems random drive placement may cause is when replacing failed drives, by the person pulling the wrong drive..... which shouldn't be an issue, you have documentation on where each drive is, right? RIGHT?

    Most alerts I get tell me which bay the drive is in. Not sure if that is the same on Dell servers?

    On the server with a real RAID adapter it'll tell me, but my software based RAIDs generally aren't so nice because they don't know.


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    @travisdh1 said:

    @BRRABill said:

    @wrx7m said:

    I didn't know you could go in whatever pattern. I always filled from 0-x

    I always thought you had to do that as well.

    And even though it always worked with gaps, wondered if it would cause issues.

    The only problems random drive placement may cause is when replacing failed drives, by the person pulling the wrong drive..... which shouldn't be an issue, you have documentation on where each drive is, right? RIGHT?

    How would putting them in specific slots mitigate that issue?


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    @travisdh1 said:

    @coliver said:

    @travisdh1 said:

    @BRRABill said:

    @wrx7m said:

    I didn't know you could go in whatever pattern. I always filled from 0-x

    I always thought you had to do that as well.

    And even though it always worked with gaps, wondered if it would cause issues.

    The only problems random drive placement may cause is when replacing failed drives, by the person pulling the wrong drive..... which shouldn't be an issue, you have documentation on where each drive is, right? RIGHT?

    Most alerts I get tell me which bay the drive is in. Not sure if that is the same on Dell servers?

    On the server with a real RAID adapter it'll tell me, but my software based RAIDs generally aren't so nice because they don't know.

    I guess if you put them in one at a time and set them up, you'd know then.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @travisdh1 said:

    @coliver said:

    @travisdh1 said:

    @BRRABill said:

    @wrx7m said:

    I didn't know you could go in whatever pattern. I always filled from 0-x

    I always thought you had to do that as well.

    And even though it always worked with gaps, wondered if it would cause issues.

    The only problems random drive placement may cause is when replacing failed drives, by the person pulling the wrong drive..... which shouldn't be an issue, you have documentation on where each drive is, right? RIGHT?

    Most alerts I get tell me which bay the drive is in. Not sure if that is the same on Dell servers?

    On the server with a real RAID adapter it'll tell me, but my software based RAIDs generally aren't so nice because they don't know.

    I guess if you put them in one at a time and set them up, you'd know then.

    Bet you'd never guess that I've about bit myself doing this a number of times.


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