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Can we install new 2 hard drives in Dell PowerVault MD3000i (into the second half which is empty) without powering down the enclosure?

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http://www.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/storage/pvaul%5Fmd3000i/pd.aspx?refid=pvaul%5Fmd3000i&cs=555&s=biz says you can.

Hard Drives Controller Module: Up to fifteen (15) 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hot-pluggable hard drives, at speeds of 5.4K, 7.2K, 10K or 15K

Expansion Module: Two expansion modules each holding up to fifteen (15) 3.5-inch SAS or SATA hot-pluggable hard drives, at speeds of 5.4K, 7.2K, 10K or 15K

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Thank you. I saw that page but still was not sure how it behaves in reality. –  ADNow Dec 15 '09 at 21:09

To give you some real world data - I just added 5 new drives to two MD3000i's today with no issues. Works just as expected and when you open up the MD3000i Manager application it will guide you through your options - create a new Volume\expand existing ones and then assign any new volumes to groups for presentation.

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