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Technical rules for drives

Understanding the technical rules for drives helps you correctly install and configure drives in the system.

Drive installation rules

The following notes describe information that you must consider when you install a drive.

  • The drive bays are numbered to indicate the installation order (starting from number “0”). Follow the installation order when you install a drive. See Front view.

  • You can use drives from different vendors.

  • The drives in a single RAID array must be of the same type, same size, and same capacity.

  • You can mix drives of different types and different capacities in one system, but not in one RAID array. You can also use a 2.5-inch drive in a 3.5-inch drive bay.

For technical rules for RAID configuration, see Technical rules for RAID configuration.