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  • I have one of those 1TB Seagate drives with the questionable firmware currently installed as my second drive on my HP MSS EX470, with about 320gb used on it.  I haven't had any problems with it yet, but think it's safer to remove it at this point, and flash the firmware when I get a chance(I don't currently have any desktop with SATA connectors so it's gonna have to wait)

    My plan is to purchase 2 Western Digital 1TB drives and remove the Seagate.

    What is the best practice is in regards to adding and removing drives.  I've currently got duplication turned on, so I plan to install one of the 1tb drives in slot 3.  Should I be powering off the HP MSS before I insert the new drive in Slot 3? 

    Once I've got the new WD 1TB drive in place, and prepare it in the console, I plan to remove the Seagate using the console, at which point I assume it will copy all of the files to the new 1tb drive leaving the Seagate empty.  At which point I assume the light on the seagate slot should turn purple..  

    When removing the Seagate should I power off the server before removing it, or just remove it?

    Once the Seagate is out of slot 2, I planned to put the other 1tb Western Digital into that slot, once again... should I power off while inserting the new drive, or is it ok to leave it on??







    Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:16 AM

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  • activoice said:

    I have one of those 1TB Seagate drives with the questionable firmware currently installed as my second drive on my HP MSS EX470, with about 320gb used on it.  I haven't had any problems with it yet, but think it's safer to remove it at this point, and flash the firmware when I get a chance(I don't currently have any desktop with SATA connectors so it's gonna have to wait)

    My plan is to purchase 2 Western Digital 1TB drives and remove the Seagate.

    What is the best practice is in regards to adding and removing drives.  I've currently got duplication turned on, so I plan to install one of the 1tb drives in slot 3.  Should I be powering off the HP MSS before I insert the new drive in Slot 3? 

    IMO, I wouldn't even consider leaving it on (best practice is to always shut down the computer when adding new hardware internally).  I mean, really, how long does it take to turn it off, add the drive, then turn it back on?

    activoice said:

    Once I've got the new WD 1TB drive in place, and prepare it in the console, I plan to remove the Seagate using the console, at which point I assume it will copy all of the files to the new 1tb drive leaving the Seagate empty.

    Correct.

    activoice said:

    At which point I assume the light on the seagate slot should turn purple..  

    When removing the Seagate should I power off the server before removing it, or just remove it?

    Same logic as above.

    activoice said:

    Once the Seagate is out of slot 2, I planned to put the other 1tb Western Digital into that slot, once again... should I power off while inserting the new drive, or is it ok to leave it on??


    Still same logic.
    • Edited by kariya21Moderator Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:25 AM typo
    • Marked as answer by activoice Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:20 PM
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:24 AM
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  • activoice said:

    I have one of those 1TB Seagate drives with the questionable firmware currently installed as my second drive on my HP MSS EX470, with about 320gb used on it.  I haven't had any problems with it yet, but think it's safer to remove it at this point, and flash the firmware when I get a chance(I don't currently have any desktop with SATA connectors so it's gonna have to wait)

    My plan is to purchase 2 Western Digital 1TB drives and remove the Seagate.

    What is the best practice is in regards to adding and removing drives.  I've currently got duplication turned on, so I plan to install one of the 1tb drives in slot 3.  Should I be powering off the HP MSS before I insert the new drive in Slot 3? 

    IMO, I wouldn't even consider leaving it on (best practice is to always shut down the computer when adding new hardware internally).  I mean, really, how long does it take to turn it off, add the drive, then turn it back on?

    activoice said:

    Once I've got the new WD 1TB drive in place, and prepare it in the console, I plan to remove the Seagate using the console, at which point I assume it will copy all of the files to the new 1tb drive leaving the Seagate empty.

    Correct.

    activoice said:

    At which point I assume the light on the seagate slot should turn purple..  

    When removing the Seagate should I power off the server before removing it, or just remove it?

    Same logic as above.

    activoice said:

    Once the Seagate is out of slot 2, I planned to put the other 1tb Western Digital into that slot, once again... should I power off while inserting the new drive, or is it ok to leave it on??


    Still same logic.
    • Edited by kariya21Moderator Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:25 AM typo
    • Marked as answer by activoice Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:20 PM
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:24 AM
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  •  Check your manual. If it says the drive bays are hot-pluggable, then no, you don't need to turn the server off when adding or removing drives. SATA drives are designed to be hot-swappable, it just depends if the motherboard can cope. (Windows Server 2003 is certainly able to cope with it if the hardware can).
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009 3:19 PM
  • Thanks, figured it's safer to power down, just wasn't sure what most people normally do.
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:26 PM
  • Richard Holland said:

     Check your manual. If it says the drive bays are hot-pluggable, then no, you don't need to turn the server off when adding or removing drives. SATA drives are designed to be hot-swappable, it just depends if the motherboard can cope. (Windows Server 2003 is certainly able to cope with it if the hardware can).


    Yes, I know what the manual says.  His question was "What is the best practice..."?  I still wouldn't do it.
    Tuesday, March 24, 2009 11:51 PM
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