How Do I Replace a PERC 4/Di on a Dell PowerEdge 2600?

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The PERC 4/Di, also known as the PowerEdge RAID controller, is a hardware RAID adaptor used by Dell PowerEdge 2600 servers. If the adaptor card has a physical problem and needs to be replaced, the procedure is straightforward and you shouldn't have to reconfigure your RAID array, as long as you are replacing the adaptor with the exact same model.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • System key

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  1. 1

    Unlock the Dell PowerEdge 2600 using the system key in the lock on the side of the server.

  2. 2

    Pull this bezel down toward the back of the server. Loosen but do not remove the two thumbscrews on the end of the bezel and remove it from the server.

  3. 3

    Shut down your PowerEdge 2600. Remove the power, network and all other cables on the server.

  4. 4

    Locate the thumbscrews on the front of the server. You should see three of them in total. Loosen each of these until you can slide the cover. Slide this cover slightly and then take it off of the server.

  5. 5

    Disconnect the hard drive interface cables between the PERC 4/Di and the hard drives. Find the fan assembly power cable connected to the motherboard. Disconnect this power cable. Push down on the lever on the fan and then pull it toward the side of the case. It will swing out of the way of the RAID adaptor.

  6. 6

    Press down on the latch next to the expansion slot to open up the slot. Remove the current PERC 4/Di card installed in your server by pulling it out with a smooth, firm motion. Insert the new RAID adaptor. Reconnect the hard drive cables to the new PERC card.

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