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Our NetAPP SAN uses something called "Fibre Channel" disks.

What are Fibre Channel disks, and does this mean that I can't replace them with a NetApp SATA or SAS disk?

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Perhaps you should ask NetApp. – John Jul 24 '14 at 19:31
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Fibre Channel is a storage interface, like SAS, SATA, SCSI, IDE.... None of these are blindly interchangeable (though some can emulate others and interposers can generally translate one to another at the disk interface). – Chris S Jul 24 '14 at 19:55
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It's a hard disk with a FC interface.

Nope, you probably can't just arbitrarily replace one of them with a disk with a different interface, and different IO characteristics, especially in a storage array. But ask your vendor to be certain, or consult their documentation!

And, spend 30 seconds on Google, too.

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