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Type of Dell PowerEdge Hard Drives?

Serial ATA (SATA):  These are the basic hard drives in Dell PowerEdge servers. These have a few advantages over the older parallel ATA, including reduced cable size and cost, native hot-swapping, and faster, more efficient data transfer. SATAs are the cheapest drives, but their MTBF (mean time between failures) isn’t great. Most of the time SATAs fail on basic Dell server systems. Near Line SAS:  These are enterprise SATA drives with an SAS interface, head, and media, and the rotational speed of traditional enterprise-class SATA drives with the fully capable SAS interface typical for classic SAS drives. Near Line SAS drives provide better performance and reliability than SATA drives. Basically, this drive is a hybrid between SATA drives and SAS...

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Is Your Hard Drive Missing a Few Screws?

Dell Optiplex, Precision, and “non hot-plug” standalone server models have a flexible blue plastic 3.5 inch hard drive frame – with no screws required. The rest of the Dell PowerEdge server models require screws to attach the hard drive to the hard drive frame, which makes life a little more difficult for us. It might sound ridiculous, but one of the most common problems we see is missing mounting screws, or screws that are simply thewrong size. And, obviously, without the proper screws, you can’t install your hard drive. CONTINUE READING....  

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