[Beowulf] Re: Third-party drives not permitted on new Dell servers?

Gerry Creager gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Fri Feb 12 08:52:03 PST 2010

We discussed this in our HPC group meeting yesterday. I've long been 
dissatisfied with PERC controllers, but this is now a show-stopper for 
me. I might order Dell, but not the PERC, ever again.  Who do they think 
they are? NetApp?


Reuti wrote:
> Hi,
> Am 12.02.2010 um 09:51 schrieb Kilian CAVALOTTI:
>> On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 9:06 AM, Rahul Nabar <rpnabar at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Feb 12, 2010 at 1:41 AM, Rahul Nabar <rpnabar at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> I came across this very interesting thread on a related mailing  list
>>>> that I thought would be quite relevant to those of us using Dell
>>>> hardware. Apparently Dell has started hardware-blocking hard-drives
>>>> that are not "Dell certified".
>> http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2010/02/10/dell_perc_11th_gen_qualified_hdds_only/ 
> are they just blocking non-qualified drives, but you could still install 
> qualified ones bought not from Dell? And: will their qualified ones work 
> on other controllers?
> This sounds like ProStor prevents usage of other disks in RDX drives' 
> cartridges (AFAIK they are doing this by ATA passwords*), and you are 
> limited to their cartridges. And in emergency case you can't use the 
> disks with other controllers due to this.
> -- Reuti
> * 
> http://www.heise.de/foren/S-Re-Erfahrungen-Tandberg-RDX-QuikStor/forum-7273/msg-16513128/read/ 
>> Cheers,
>> -- 
>> Kilian

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