I recently bought this EMC server rack, it's got a bunch of hard drive arrays which came with it. How do I use these? Seems a shame to throw them away. Are these just a sort of NAS that I could configure, if so, how? Can they be used as individual drives if I pull them? enter image description here


You need a controller to run these. Simply look up the model of that chassis and read the documentation.

  • Can I pull the drives and use them for other things? Can't look physically, they won't arrive for a month, but if they're useless to me I'd chuck them and use the space for other stuff, shipping is expensive.
    – Kilisi
    Jul 23 '16 at 13:19
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    Yes, they are a commodity item and are a standard size. See Hard disk drive interface on Wikipedia. That 'plug' pinout on the chassis is a certain type, probably SATA or SAS. Server Fault guys would probably be able to help more. Jul 23 '16 at 13:24
  • yeah they're SAS 15k, don't really have a use for 57 of them though
    – Kilisi
    Jul 23 '16 at 13:28
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    Also note, EMC does use custom firmware and lock drives to their array. They may also contain a security signature that will be erased if used in any other system that you may not be able to restore. (All part of the "certified drive" BS.)
    – Ricky
    Jul 23 '16 at 21:31

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