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Dell PowerEdge 2550 Systems User's Guide
Preparing SCSI Hard-Disk Drives for Installation
Installing SCSI Hard-Disk Drives
Configuring the Boot Device
This chapter describes how to install and configure small computer system interface (SCSI) hard-disk drives in the system's internal hard-disk drive bays.
The hard-disk drive bays provide space for up to four 1-inch hard-disk drives. (See "Installing a Drive in the Peripheral Bay" in the Installation and Troubleshooting Guide for information on installing SCSI CD-ROM drives and SCSI tape drives in the externally accessible hard-disk drive bays.)
Figure 5-1 illustrates the hard-disk drive bays, the hot-plug SCSI backplane board, and the SCSI interface cables.
Figure 5-1. Hard-Disk Drive Hardware
|NOTE: Dell recommends that you use only drives that Dell has tested and approved for use with the SCSI backplane board.|
The SCSI drives must be configured as follows:
You may need to use different programs than those provided with the operating system to partition and format SCSI hard-disk drives. See "Installing and Configuring SCSI Drivers" in the Installation and Troubleshooting Guide for information and instructions.
|NOTICE: Do not turn off or reboot your system while the drive is being formatted. Turning off or rebooting your system while the drive is being formatted can cause a drive failure.|
When you format a high-capacity SCSI hard-disk drive, be sure to allow enough time for the formatting to complete. Long formatting times for these drives are normal. A 9-gigabyte (GB) hard-disk drive, for example, can take up to 2.5 hours to format.
SCSI hard-disk drives are supplied by Dell in special drive carriers that fit in the hard-disk drive bays. To install a SCSI hard-disk drive, perform the following steps.
|NOTICE: Hot-plug drive installation is not supported for systems without an integrated redundant array of independent disks (RAID) controller or a Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller (PERC) 3/Di host adapter card.|
Figure 5-2. Installing a SCSI Hard-Disk Drive Carrier
If you plan to boot the system from a hard-disk drive, the drive must be attached to the primary (or boot) controller or SCSI host adapter card. You can select the primary controller by using the System Setup program.
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