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sbabcock
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RD230 Large SAS disk detection fails

Am upgrading exising RAID in RD 230 with larger SAS disks

 

But, the LSI 9265 does not detect the new seagate ST2400MM0129 drives (SAS 12GBs, 2.4TB)

 

I have used LSI this card in a newer ThinkServer system with these drives and it works fine

 

I'm wondering if there is a problem with the backplane (46U3457) that's limiting communications with the drives ?

 

I saw there was a similar issue with an IBM system

https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/solutions/ht113877

 

Steve

 

 

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Re: RD230 Large SAS disk detection fails

Hi sbabcock,

 

Please check the  bios setting as the KB: https://www.broadcom.com/support/knowledgebase/1211161500309/advanced-format---4k---512e-disk-drive-...

May I know what's the MTM of that newer ThinkServer you mentioned? 

sbabcock
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Re: RD230 Large SAS disk detection fails

Thanks for the Broadcom link

 

It states : 512e is supported with LSI MegaRAID LSISSAS2208-based controllers (e.g. 9265/9271/9285) starting with the MR5.5 code set release.

Interesting that in their download section, MR 5.14 is the lastest release for this device

 

my 9265 reads as follows :

 

Firmware Package Build = 23.34.0-0019
Firmware Version = 3.460.115-6465
Bios Version = 5.50.03.0_4.17.08.00_0x06110200
WebBIOS Version = 6.1-76-e_76-Rel
Preboot CLI Version = 05.07-00:#%00011
NVDATA Version = 2.1507.03-0162
Boot Block Version = 2.05.00.00-0010
Bootloader Version = 07.26.26.219

 

 

The newer server is an RD630 with a LSI 9260

Version :
=======
Firmware Package Build = 12.15.0-0248
Firmware Version = 2.130.403-6221
Bios Version = 3.30.02.2_4.16.08.00_0x06060A05
Preboot CLI Version = 04.04-020:#%00009
WebBIOS Version = 6.0-54-e_50-Rel
NVDATA Version = 2.09.03-0058


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Re: RD230 Large SAS disk detection fails

Steve

 

I think this is may be related to power.  The legacy implementation (on the old backplane) required one of the power pins to be high and this prevents some on the new 12G drives following the new guidance to power up.

Other 12G drives (some Toshibas) are smart enough to detect if the backplane is legacy mode or not and they adapt, this Seagate does not.

With the aappropriate cable/connector it may be possible to overpass the backplane to make these drives work with the controller on the server.

sbabcock
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Re: RD230 Large SAS disk detection fails

Not sure which cable you;re recommending the change - the power to the backplane ?

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Re: RD230 Large SAS disk detection fails

Steve,

 

It would not be a standard cable for this server.  The backplane would need to be removed, and the cable will connect drives directly to the RAID controller for signal and need a connection for power also (not through backplane).

 

These drives have not been validated on this server and they will not work as is.

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Re: RD230 Large SAS disk detection fails

The SAS cable is not nessarily a problem but a breakout for the SAS power connections may be - not sure there's a standard power connection to add connect it to

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