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Dell PowerVault MD3260 Setting Up

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Setting Up Your Dell PowerVault MD3260/3260i/3660i/3660f/3060e Storage Array

The MD Series Dense storage enclosure is a five-drawer, 60-physical disk chassis (4U) 

managed by either two RAID controller modules or enclosure management modules 



: A single RAID controller or enclosure management module configuration is not 


Expansion Enclosure Management Modules

You can expand the storage capacity of your array by daisy chaining up to two 

expansion enclosures (for a maximum of 180 physical disks). Each 4U expansion 
enclosure added must contain two MD3060e EMMs


Physical-Disk Carriers

Physical disks are preinstalled in their carriers and shipped separately in anti-static 

packaging and must be installed in the drawers. For information on installing and removing 

the physical disks from the physical-disk carriers, see your system’s Owner’s Manual at 


Physical Disk Installation Guidelines

To maintain proper airfl ow, install physicals disks from left to right and front to back in 


each drawer.

A minimum of four disks must be installed in each drawer, fi lling slots 0, 3, 6, and 9 fi rst.


Keep all drawers closed unless you need to access the physical disks. The storage array 


operates normally with a drawer open, but it is designed for optimal cooling with all 

drawers closed.

  WARNING: Before you set up and operate your Dell PowerVault system, review 

the safety instructions that shipped with your system.

Verify Storage Array Components

Your system is shipped with RAID controller modules, power supplies, and fan 

components already installed in the enclosure. Make sure that all components are 

properly seated and have not become dislodged and/or damaged during shipping.

Install the Enclosure in a Rack

The storage enclosure requires a compatible rack and a rack installation kit. For information 

about installing the rails for the storage enclosure, see the Rack Installation instructions 

that shipped with your enclosure.

  WARNING: Do not plug the enclosure into a standard power outlet. Your 

storage array is shipped with two IEC C19 to C20 jumper cords. Plug the C19 plug 

into the array’s power supplies and the C20 plug into the power distribution unit 

(PDU) in the rack cabinet. For power redundancy, split the power connections 

from each enclosure into separate PDUs and connect the PDUs to external power 

receptacles on diff erent circuits. The enclosure accepts only 200 V to 240 V input 



 For safety reasons, do not install physical disks in the enclosure before racking. 

This will add substantial weight to the enclosure and make lifting and racking the 

enclosure unsafe. For more information, see the Rack Installation instructions that 

shipped with your enclosure.

Locate Your System Service Tag

Your system is identifi ed by a unique Express Service Code and Service Tag number. 

This information is used by Dell to route support calls to the appropriate personnel.

Enclosure Management Module

RAID Controller Modules

The MD Series Dense enclosure supports four diff erent types of RAID controllers. 

The RAID controllers installed in an enclosure must be of the same data protocol. 
Mixing of RAID controllers is not supported.

6 Gbps SAS RAID Controller Module

1 Gbps iSCSI RAID Controller Module

10 Gbps iSCSI RAID Controller Module

Fibre Channel RAID Controller Module

Fan Modules (2)

Power Supplies (2)

Modules (2)

About the Storage Enclosure

Racking Your Storage Enclosure


Installing Physical Disks

Physical-Disk Drawers

To install a physical disk into a drawer:

1.  Rotate the physical disk carrier handle upward to the vertical position.

2.   Align the two raised buttons on the disk carrier with the notches on the 

physical-disk drawer.

3.  Lower the physical disk into the drawer slot.


Fill disk slots 0, 3, 6, and 9 fi rst. Do  not install disks randomly.

4.   Rotate the physical disk carrier handle downward until the physical disk is properly 

seated in the connector and the physical-disk carrier handle snaps into place.



: Check that the disk is not raised up at the back of the drawer slot, which 

would indicate that it is not properly seated. Closing the drawer with an improperly    

seated disk will damage both the drawer and the physical disk.

5.  Close the physical-disk drawer.






1. physical disk
2. physical-disk carrier handle
3. notches on physical-disk drawers
4. buttons on disk carrier
5. drawer latches (2)

The MD Series Dense storage enclosure contains fi ve physical-disk drawers accessible 

from the front of the enclosure. Each drawer holds up to 12 physical disks. 

To open a drawer:
1. Flip both latches outward.

2. Pull the drawer out.


: When a drawer is opened, the enclosure cooling fan RPMs increase 

     significantly to ensure optimal airflow. This is normal and not indicative of a problem.

To close a drawer:
1. Push the drawer into the enclosure until the release latch clicks into place. 
2. Close the latches on each side of the drawer.


Ensure that the drawer is pushed in and closed completely.


If a drawer is not completely inserted into the enclosure, other drawers 

will be locked. Do not force a drawer open as it may damage the physical disk or the    

       drawer itself. 

MD Series Dense Enclosure