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    NetApp Disk Upgrade - Any Advice?

    Hi all,

    I've got a NetApp FAS2020 with 12x 750GB SATA disks that's coming up for support renewal. I have a feeling this is going to get turned down so I'd like to make the most of the box if possible. All the disks are in the head, no expansion trays.

    12x 750 GB
    Minus 2 for hotspares
    Minus 2 for parity
    Formatted disk size is 620GB
    This gives me just over 4TB usable

    If I put 2TB disks in it then in theory I can get about 12TB usable which will be awesome.

    The support renewal is expensive... buying disks from NetApp is very expensive... I can get 12x 2TB consumer disks for £1300.

    Does anyone here have any experience with whether a FAS2020 running ONTAP 7.2 will support 2TB disks, and whether NetApp boxes will accept non-NetApp branded (which are just re-flashed Seagate's) HDDs?

    Thanks in advance,
    Chris

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    Chris,

    you know what you need to do don't you??? Hmmm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke View Post
    Hi all,

    I've got a NetApp FAS2020 with 12x 750GB SATA disks that's coming up for support renewal. I have a feeling this is going to get turned down so I'd like to make the most of the box if possible. All the disks are in the head, no expansion trays.

    12x 750 GB
    Minus 2 for hotspares
    Minus 2 for parity
    Formatted disk size is 620GB
    This gives me just over 4TB usable

    If I put 2TB disks in it then in theory I can get about 12TB usable which will be awesome.

    The support renewal is expensive... buying disks from NetApp is very expensive... I can get 12x 2TB consumer disks for £1300.

    Does anyone here have any experience with whether a FAS2020 running ONTAP 7.2 will support 2TB disks, and whether NetApp boxes will accept non-NetApp branded (which are just re-flashed Seagate's) HDDs?

    Thanks in advance,
    Chris

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    Persuade you to sell me a S7120 for £1300...?

    Don't worry, this isn't replacing any S7000 kit, it's purely a backup box and isn't used for live data. I can't backup the S7410 to the S7410 without creating a flaw in my backup plan lol.

    I plan to put the money for the NetApp support renewal towards the S7120, but at the same time it'd be nice to make use of the FAS2020 still if I can get a useful amount of storage out of it.

    Chris
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