Dell PowerVault MD1000 Direct-Attached Storage Array Enclosure Chassis

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Dell PowerVault MD1000 Direct-Attached Storage Array

Modular direct-attached disk storage expansion enclosure for Dell PowerEdge servers.

Empty chassis. Ready for Dell OEM hard drives to be installed.

  • Dual EMM Controllers Installed
  • Dual Power Supplies Installed
  • No Hard Drives Installed
  • 2x Wall Power Cords Included


The Dell PowerVault MD1000 is a modular disk storage expansion enclosure for PowerEdge servers. The PowerVault MD1000 is capable of housing up to fifteen (15) 3.5-inch disk drives in a single 3U rackable chassis. The direct-attached storage enclosure supports both Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives to give extensive configuration and optimization flexibility.


When used in combination with a host-based Dell PowerEdge RAID controller (PERC) or a PowerVault internal RAID array, the modular enclosure can be daisy chained for scaling disk performance and capacity. The PERC 6/E enables up to three 15-drive SAS disk enclosures—a total of 45 drives—to be daisy chained to a single host connection, delivering an extended total capacity of 90TB when using 2TB disk drives. Alternatively, the enclosure’s disk drives can be split between two servers with up to eight drives assigned to one server and up to seven drives assigned to a second server. Furthermore, the enclosure’s disk drives, power supplies and cooling modules are hot-pluggable so they can be replaced while the system stays up-and-running.

Dell Official Documentation & User Guides

Dell PowerVault MD1000 Specifications & Features Dell PowerVault MD1000 Hardware Owner's Manual

Dell PowerVault MD1000 Support Matrix Dell PowerVault MD1000 Optimization Guide

Dell PowerVault MD1000 Manuals & Documents  Scaling Direct-Attached Storage: MD1000

Configuration as Priced 

Form Factor

Rackmount (3U)

Hard Drives InstalledFifteen (15) Hard Drive Capacity (ea)None Installed
*Use only Dell OEM Hard Drives

Max Hard Drive CapacityFifteen (15)Host ConnectivityUnified Mode - Direct connectivity to 15 disks and beyond

Split Mode (Dual Host Access) - Connectivity to drives 0 though 6 to one host; A separate connectivity to drives 7 through 14 to the second host

Back Panel Connectors (per EEM)

Host Connectivity

One x4 3GB SAS (SFF 8470)

Expansion Connectivity

One x4 3GB SAS (SFF 8470)

Service Management

One 6-pin UART mini-DIN connector

LED Indicators 

Front Panel

1 Two-color LED indicator for system status, 2 single-color LED indicators for power and split mode

Hard Drive Carrier

1 single-color activity LED, 1 two-color LED status indicator per drive


3 two-color LED status indicators: one for each of the EMM SAS ports and one for the EMM status

Power Supply/Cooling Fan Module

3 LED status indicators for power supply status, power/supply/fan fault and AC status

RAID Levels

PERC 5/E Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 10, 50

PERC 6/E Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, 60

Up to 30 physical disks per group

Up to 256 virtual disks

*Requires installation of RAID adapter in host server(s), NOT INCLUDED

Power Supplies2 Installed, 480W eachWeight (enclosure)95 lbs (maximum configuration)Dimensions (enclosure)13.11 cm (5.16 inches) x 44.63 cm (17.57 inches) x 48.01cm (18.90 inches)

Warranty Information

90-day parts replacement warranty


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