As others have said, yes the drives are out there as are all the other parts you may need. If you are paying maintenance to IBM or third party then it is their problem to source them, and replace them. If you do not have maintenance then it is on you and you should think ahead about where to get the stuff and the expertise to troubleshoot and replace the failed parts. The longer you skate without maintenance the thinner the ice beneath you becomes, and it's just a matter of time before the ice gives way. Power Systems are very reliable and have lulled us to complacency many times so that when the failure does happen we are unprepared and upset.

So verify your maintenance, maybe go cloud instead and get rid of the problem that way, or upgrade and spend the maintenance money instead on a modern machine that you'll actually Want to keep!


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On Apr 29, 2014, at 3:41 PM, John McKee <jmmckee@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

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I have been reading emails about Power 8. And others referring to HD size.

Our system is not going to be upgraded. No announcement when it will be
unplugged. We are at v5r4, >may< upgrade operating system.

We have 8 4326 drives. Approximately 60 percent full. These are babies
compared to others I have seen mentioned, only 30G.

This is Power 5 520. I can't recall when it was installed - but was before

System is on HW maintenance.

My question, maybe naive, if one or more of these drives fails, would
something exist that can be used to replace it or them?

John McKee
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