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10K and 15K drives, same controller

Robert Grosshandler
Occasional Contributor

10K and 15K drives, same controller

I'd like to get a little more performance out of a ML 570. I'm using 10K drives right now in 5 logical disks. One of those logical disks is used way more (a search function). I can't add another drive to the array, but I can upgrade that logical disk from 10K disks to 15K disks.

So, can I have 15K disks for one logical drive, and 10K disks for my other logical drives, and get performance improvement?
It'd be 36GB disks, probably.

Thanks,
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Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: 10K and 15K drives, same controller

Sounds like you are using a SmartArray controller and did create one logical disk per disk drive array. You can mix 10k and 15k RPM disk drives, even in the same disk drive aray.
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Peter Mattei
Honored Contributor

Re: 10K and 15K drives, same controller

As Uwe said: You can mix drives (speed and size)

In order to improve performance I would build arrays consisiting of multiple drives and then create logical disks.
This way your IOs are evenly spread over all disks in an array and a single drive will not become a "hot spot".

Cheers
Peter
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e4services
Honored Contributor

Re: 10K and 15K drives, same controller

To confirm, yes, 36GB and 73GB 15K drives are available right now. But a new generation is due for release this quarter that will bring even high capacity 146GB 15K drives with 3.3-msec average read and 3.8-msec average write seek times. Also coming is the new 300GB 10K SCSI.
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Robert Grosshandler
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Re: 10K and 15K drives, same controller

right on. Thanks.