I have a PowerEdge 2950 with PERC 5/i and 4x 300GB 10K SAS drives in RAID 10. I want to add a secondary RAID 0 virtual disk using 2x SSD in the extra two slots. I know I'll need a 2.5" -> 3.5" adapter for each SSD, but I have read conflicting reports that solid state drives are or are not compatible with PERC 5/i controllers.

Will this setup work?




According to my Dell guy, yes it should work. However, due to the PERC 5i's lack of NCQ support, you will not achieve the IOPS you would see on a PERC 6i. I have also just verified that the 2950 can be easily upgraded to PERC 6i, which is what I will be doing prior to switching to SSD.

Also, I'm really happy with this 2.5" -> 3.5" adapter: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817994083

Its connectors are properly located to slide directly into a RAID chassis. Most adapters I've seen would not work.

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