Monday 30 April 2007

System Builder Tip: Just because they say 200 GB doesn't mean it...

Had a pleasant greeting when I came into the shop this morning.

We had a failed drive on one of our production virtual server systems RAID 1 used for the OS.

RAID controller is an Intel SRCS14L tied to an Intel 4 bay hot swap cage.

The array contained two Maxtor 6V200E0 200 GB DiamondMax 10 drives.

I went to replace it with a 200 GB Seagate ST3200827AS.

Guess what? The Seagate is smaller and thus would not hot swap into the array and allow for a rebuild.

Since we don't have any of the Maxtors around anymore, I had no choice but to swap in a 250 GB Seagate for the array rebuild to begin.

I guess 200 GB just isn't 200 GB? Or, each manufacturer interprets the size their way?

Gadz! :*Þ

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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