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Greater than 80GB drives in DL320 G3?

Greater than 80GB drives in DL320 G3?

The Proliant DL320 G3 only officially supports 80GB IDE drives. But of course, IDE drives are available in sizes far above this. Could I put, say, a 300GB hard drive in my DL320 and would it work? What I mean is, is the 80GB limitation truly a BIOS or hardware limitation or is it just the officially supported limit? I'd really like to be able to use larger drives. Thanks!!
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Joseph Loo
Honored Contributor

Re: Greater than 80GB drives in DL320 G3?

i believe 80GB is the official support maximum drive capacity for DL320. but who is to stop u from having 300GB as long as u r able to operate it without HP assistance.

by the way, is this server on maintenance or still having warranty, if so, stick with the 80GB.

regards.
what you do not see does not mean you should not believe
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: Greater than 80GB drives in DL320 G3?

Hi,

Please see for your self
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11512_div/11512_div.HTML

Hard Drives Wide Ultra320 â Universal Non-Hot Plug
36.4GB 10,000 rpm, U320 Non-Hot Plug Hard Drive, 1" 271832-B21
72-GB 10,000 rpm, U320 Non-Hot Plug Hard Drive, 1" 332751-B21
NOTE: All U320 Universal Hard Drives are backward compatible to U2 or U3 speeds. U320 drives require an optional U320 Smart Array Controller or U320 SCSI HBA to support U320 transfer rates.
NOTE: Please see the Hard Drive QuickSpecs for Technical Specifications such as capacity, height, width, interface, transfer rate, seek time, physical configuration, and operating temperature:
U320 Hard Drive QS:
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11531_div/11531_div.HTML (Worldwide)
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11531_na/11531_na.HTML
(North America)
SCSI Hard Drive QS:
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/10260_div/10260_div.HTML (Worldwide)
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/10260_na/10260_na.HTML
(North America)
ATA100 Hard Drive QS:
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11361_div/11361_div.HTML (Worldwide)
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/11361_na/11361_na.HTML
(North America)
ATA/100 â Non-Hot Plug
80-GB ATA/100 7,200 rpm Drive (1")
278424-B21
40-GB ATA/100 7,200 rpm Drive (1")
230534-B21

Regards,
Prash
Nothing is impossible

Re: Greater than 80GB drives in DL320 G3?

Thanks for the responses. I know that the spec sheet says 80GB is the max supported, but what I don't know is if there is a true hardware limitation to this. I guess I should just see if I can find one, plug it in, and see if it works.

The only problem would be if the system BIOS does not support 48-bit LBA and it would not accept a drive larger than 137GB. This is really what I'm trying to find out - is there a hardware limitation, or has anyone tried this already?

All of our current ProLiant servers have active warranties, but this would be for a potential new server.
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: Greater than 80GB drives in DL320 G3?

Hi,

yes it will work i have seen my customer using the same.

Regards
Prashant S.
Nothing is impossible