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Using different speed hard drives for RAID

 
Simon Blain
Occasional Contributor

Using different speed hard drives for RAID

Hi

I have a DL380 G3 with Smart Array 5i card. I have a combination of Ultra3 and Ultra320 72GB hard drives I want to use for a RAID 1+0 array. Will using these different speed disks cause any issues. I would prefer each drive was identical but even some of the Ultra3 disks have different part numbers. Anyone got any experience using different drives in RAID arrays?

Thanks
6 REPLIES
Igor Karasik
Honored Contributor

Re: Using different speed hard drives for RAID

We have used combination of Ultra320 and Ultra3 SCSI drives without any issues.
Just make sure you have latest 5i and SCSI drives firmware.
David Claypool
Honored Contributor

Re: Using different speed hard drives for RAID

Just keep in mind that your performance will be Ultra3 performance without any advantages from the Ultra320 drive...
Ozan GUNAYDIN
Frequent Advisor

Re: Using different speed hard drives for RAID

You can use them but it is not a common practise.
It is recommended to use identical disks for raid arrays.
e4services
Honored Contributor

Re: Using different speed hard drives for RAID

As the HP reply reads, mixing different era drives will have no effect on the system beyond what is stated, the communication will be that of the controller or the oldest interface, Ultra3 then. To use Ultra160 or 320 you would need a Ultra320 controller and use all Ultra320 drives.
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Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: Using different speed hard drives for RAID

It's a old debate i am seeing on this form.

so i will post this link. for your refernce
http://forums1.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=564691

Prashant S.

It will work on lowest speed Hdd in the array. Trust me. or else use PAT to test the result (PAT=Performace assitance tool)
Nothing is impossible
Prashant (I am Back)
Honored Contributor

Re: Using different speed hard drives for RAID

there are lot of thread on same issue man
http://forums1.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/bizsupport/questionanswer.do?threadId=763660

Prashant S.

Think about it then decide. because RPM/ SCSCI Technology / RAID Type/ HDD health. alot of things are counted here.
Nothing is impossible