Are you looking to upgrade your enterprise's storage with a SAS Solid State Drive? If so, follow these installation instructions to get started. With SAS drives becoming increasingly popular, it's important to know how to install them properly in order to avoid any potential issues. Keep reading for everything you need to know about installing HPE SAS drives.
Install the Drive in the Host System Carrier or Tray
SAS drives are designed to be mounted in either a SAS host system carrier or tray. If you are mounting the drive in a SAS host system carrier, make sure that the carrier is compatible with the drive. SAS drives can be mounted in either horizontal or vertical positions. If you are mounting the HPE SAS drives in a SAS tray, make sure that the tray is compatible with the drive.
Tray slots are numbered from top to bottom, and each slot has a key that must be aligned with the notch on the underside of the drive. Once the drive is properly aligned, insert it into the tray until it is seated firmly in place. Make sure that the drive is locked into place before proceeding.
Although HPE SAS drives are designed to be plugged in without I/O or power cables, you can use first-rate 4 meter (13.1 foot) I/O cables for additional stability.
Insert the Drive
To connect the drive to your system's SAS connector, which is normally located on a SAS back panel, slide the carrier or tray into the corresponding bay in your host system. If you are unsure, it is always best to seek help from the experts.
Format the Drive
Each HPE SAS hard drive that leaves the factory has undergone a low level format. This is to ensure that the data on the drive is protected and secure. If you decide to perform any kind of diagnostics through the controller, you may need to low level format the drive again. However, if you do choose to do this, it is important that you do not abort the process halfway through as this could render the drive unusable. Power interruptions can also be damaging to the drive, so it is important to protect against them during the formatting process.
Formatting a drive erases all user data. Be sure that you understand this principle before formatting any hard disk drive. It is not necessary to format a drive that previously has been used to store data, unless your intention is to erase all user data. The HPE sas hard drives have a different format and it may be necessary to put the RAID controller in JBOD mode in order to properly format the drives. If you do not want to lose any user data, be sure to back up your data before formatting the drives.
SSDs are designed to operate with a variety of operating systems. In order to use an SSD with your particular operating system, you will need to format the drive and set it up according to your system's requirements. Please refer to your system or SAS host adapter (SAS controller) manual for information about how to format and set up the drive for use with your particular operating system. By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your SSD will work optimally with your system.
Plugging the Drive in When It Is Already Hot
With this drive, you can hot plug, meaning you can insert and remove the drive without shutting off the power to your system. Generally, systems that only have a few drives automatically turn on the drives as soon as power is applied. However, for systems with more drives, they may be configured to start them at different times so it won't overload the host system's power supply.
Drive Startup Options
Most systems that host only a couple of drives enable all of the drives to start up immediately when power is applied to the drives. Systems hosting larger numbers of drives may be configured to start drives at various times to avoid overloading the capabilities of the host system’s power supply.
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