Dell PE SC440 - maxing it out?
anyone have first hand experience with this little box?
the days of Dell outrageous deals are over, however they are having a special - cpu upgrade for free
I can not get a YES or NO from their tech support people
here is the barrage of questions:
1. Does the IDE controller support hard drives, and can you boot from them?
2. Can you have more than 1TB of storage on this machine? (when you choose servers it says 1TB limit, FYI the PE 840 has 3TB limit) Is this a bios limit?
3. Can you have two SATA 750GB and two SATAII 750GB hard drives in the system?
4. Besides physical limitations can you have total 6 hard drives connected to this box?
Thinking of running 2003 as a storage box 200IDE OS and apps 500IDE data 750 SATAII 750 SATAII 750 SATA 750 SATA
I don't have the SC440 but I do have the SC420 which is pretty similar. It is no where near maxed out. It has a pair of 80GB drives in it in RAID 1 (don't recall if SATA or PATA, I think SATA) and 1.25GB of RAM. It is a dedicated server for our forms processing application (Teleform 10.1).
It's strange you can't get a straight answer from them, I've always been able to get an answer from them. Even if they didn't know, they went and asked around and got me the answer. It might have been a big fat NO but it's an answer none the less.
I have not looked at the BIOS in quite a while so I suppose they could have coded it to limit what it can do. That way they can use the same board but a different BIOS and get more money for it. In any case, I think the 1TB "limit" was based on the maximum drive available at the time of release which likely was not 750GB drives (although even four 500GB drives would total 2TB and would have been out at the time).
I do not know how many onboard SATA ports there are but in any case, couldn't you just add in a controller and get as many as you need? This would also bypass any BIOS limitation because the controller would have it's own BIOS. If you can physically fit all of the drives, that would be my suggestion.