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    IBM server 's hotswap function

    looknig at IBM servers, people say we "have to" buy IBM original HDs to use hotswap function? or we could get anything like tray to make normal HDs work with hotswap?

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    IBM usually modifies the
    raid controller firmware
    backplane firmware
    disk firmware

    so that everything plays well.
    either you just test if it works well with non-ibm disks or just buy "all IBM".

    this is fate with brand servers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter-SZ View Post
    looknig at IBM servers, people say we "have to" buy IBM original HDs to use hotswap function? or we could get anything like tray to make normal HDs work with hotswap?
    Standard HDs work.
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    Seconded for standard disks - although the IBM ServeRAID manager software will often show a warning about this, and wont check the health of the disks.

    We actually have an IBM box that runs quite happily with a set of HP disks...

    Hope this helps,

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    so, I could just grab seagate drives, put in IBM server, ignore software warning amd HOTswap work as designed? sounds great!

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