These trays are hard to get

loocas | miscellaneous,opinions,technical | Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

I’ve finally found these HDD caddy trays for my MD1000, which are very expensive (surprisingly!) from official sources. So I bought the full package, all 13 I was missing :D

SAS/SATA Caddy Trays

The last, annoying, bit are the interposer cards that plug in to the SATA drives and slide with the tray in the MD1000. These are too ridiculously expensive and even harder to get it seems, but hopefully I’ll have some luck on e-bay once again. :) I’ll need 13 of these, obviously, for a beautiful 15x1TB of storage (possibly 15x2TB, but these aren’t officially supported by Dell, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to use 2TB drives in the MD1000).

2 Comments »

  1. You don’t really need those interposer “cards”, unless you want to access the MD-1000 from more than one server simultaneously. Those interposer cards main function is providing 2 SAS addresses for each drive.
    Also, you can use 2TB drives for a total of 30tb per MD1000!

    Comment by Eric Hunsader — April 7, 2010 @ 11:07

  2. Hi, Eric,

    thanks for the tip. However, I’m using simple SATA drives and they have a bit different connectors, so I used those interposer cards to “convert” them to SAS for the MD1000. Isn’t that necessary?

    As for 2TB drives, yeah, that’s awesome! However, a bit pricey as the WD RE 2TB drives are quite expensive, presently. But I do plan on upgrading to 15x2TB drives in a year or so. Right now, the 5TB of online storage I have there is well enough. :)

    Comment by loocas — April 7, 2010 @ 11:17

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