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I have a Dell R815 (PDF LINK), which has 6 2.5" bays. I would like to put some Intel X25-E in the spare bays, but have been cautioned that they may not fit since they are SATA and the bays are SAS/proprietary.

On the R815 data sheet it says "Up to Six 2.5” hot-swappable SAS, SATA, or SSD drives".

Can I be sure the X25-E will fit? If not, how am I supposed to use these X25?

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You'll need drive enclosures from Dell, but SATA devices connect to SAS controllers without problems. I've used X25-E in Dell R600 systems before.

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I thought that dell has changed the firmware of their raid devices to only allow dell branded / approved devices in their arrays? –  chris Feb 22 '11 at 14:16
    
@Chris - Drat, you are right. I have the PERC H700 - en.community.dell.com/support-forums/servers/f/906/t/… –  Pengin Feb 22 '11 at 14:41
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