iSeries disk drives use a different sector format than other drives.
They also have special firmware that speaks OS400, Umm, i5/OS. Unless
you can read the firmware from an IBM drive and flash it to the non IBM
drive and low level format to the disk, you will not be able to use it.

No I am not sure it this holds true for the newer SAS drives. But it is
the way it was, is? Good Luck.

Chris Bipes
Director of Information Services
CrossCheck, Inc.

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Subject: can POWER6 IBM i or System i run on non-IBM disk drives?

Our network admin (a LINUX/PHP/open source/anti-IBM type of guy) says,
"If you need additional disk drives for your POWER6 IBM I machine, you
don't need to buy expensive disk drives from IBM.
Just buy some cheap 1-terrabyte Western Digital drives from Egghead,
etc. Their drives will work just fine."

Uh, I think that other drives would not work in this machine.
Your thoughts?
I don't know why I let his outlandish comments get under my skin.
Now I will post a question to IBM tech support and have them
verify/contradict his claim.
Then maybe I will be able to sleep undisturbed.

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