I finally managed to install the two new 34gb hard drives on the file server - hooray! My users now have much more space to store their warez and pr0n.
An interesting outcome of this was that there is no command line utility for linux that will allow you to configure the array controller. This is kind of pathetic for two reasons:
1) They're hot pluggable disks! Half the point of HP disks is that you don't have to reboot your server :)
2) The config tool provided with SmartStart is a Windows application.
Compaq actually do provide a tool called ACU-XE for Linux which is unuseable for several reasons.
1) It provides an HTTP server (on port 2301) to do the configuration.
2) It only works if you have the array controller driver as a loadable module. As all my servers boot linux directly from the array controller having a modular driver is impossible.
One word, dearest Compaq: DUH.
I've been swappiong e-mails with a chap called Adam Kropelin who lurks on #kernelnewbies who feels pretty much the same way. There are IOCTLs for reading/writing the nvram in the driver so if compaq provide the docs.....