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I have a: PowerEdge 2970 Server Currently has just 1 160GB 7.2K RPM Serial ATA 3Gbps 3.5-in HotPlug Hard Drive

I need to add 1-2 more hardrives. I found this one:

however I do not plan on ever removing these, so I feel like I'm paying for a "hot swap" feature I'll do not need.

My question is: Do I need this? Will another drive, like this one still fit ok?

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You need the drive tray. You can't install the drive in the server without a tray. The actual drive itself is immaterial (more or less) but you need a drive tray to put it in.

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Hello, so I can buy an server grade hard drive, put it in a tray like this: and it will work? – aron May 4 '11 at 20:08
If it's the correct tray for the drive and server, then yes. – joeqwerty May 4 '11 at 20:18

As far as I know, there is no other way to mount the drive than the caddy, whether or not you ever plan on hot-swapping it doesn't matter.

This is one of those situations where just buying the correct parts is the only option, IMO.

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In other words, OP: Stop Being Cheap. It'll only come back to bite you in the arse. – Tom O'Connor May 4 '11 at 19:52
Wrong, it's enterprise grade. "Data centers, web service providers, and commercial grade surveillance systems." See: – aron May 4 '11 at 20:16

The drives will fit, but the caddies are the mounts for the server. Without them, the drives how nothing holding them in place.

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