12-06-2018 06:43 AM
I've been near pulling my hair out with issues around my SR630 and filling it with some drives. I did some quick searching on the forums, but all I could come up with is more consumer related boards and forum posts.
We have the 7X02, and it's the only rack server in our testing lab, the rest are high-end workstations or tower servers.
Using our other machines I've run every disk scan / utility on each of the 4 drives that I can think of, and there's nothing physically wrong with them. The drives are physically functional.
Before anyone jumps to it, please, I know Lenovo can only guarantee interoperability with drives that they make available for sale/are Lenovo branded. If we had the extra cash lying around, we'd only buy Lenovo branded parts - but unfortunately we're not all rich!
I get that the 530-8i really is capable and can be used for a whole lot more than just JBOD, but the maintenance manual and users guide all pretty much explain that drives that use either SATA III or SAS should work, Lenovo branded or not.
So was hoping that before I contact Lenovo support directly, I thought I'd pop my head in here and ask for you wonderful and super smart and far more experienced people if you had any idea as to why the 530i RAID card seems to hate these SSHDs so much?
Please! Any help or insights would be amazing...
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12-06-2018 06:58 AM
12-06-2018 07:23 PM
Please refer to the link.
530-8i is supported to attach SATA HDD and SSDs at the same time.
However, it is NOT supported to mix SATA HDD and SSDs in same RAID array.
If you intend to keep your original 4 SSDs as Array1, and create a separate new 4 HDD as Array2, then it is okay.
Please be noted, we do not guarantee compatibility with drives which are not in Lenovo support list.
12-06-2018 08:34 PM
12-09-2018 02:34 AM
So you know those times that you feel like a goose because the issue you were tackling wasn't the issue you actually thought it was....
1) SSHDs and their firmwares are not yet 100% compatible with all motherboards and/or RAID cards. I was able to get a return and basically just replace my 4x FireCuda SSHDs with 4x BarraCuda HDDs. So that problem mostly almost sort of completely solved.
However! There was another problem that was actually causing the system instability and, for example, everytime I opened Computer Management in Windows Server, and selected Disk Management, the machine would get a system interrupt from the RAID card and restart itself.
So I begun to consult the Lenovo SR630 Error Messages Guide (which is an awesome resource that I hope none of you ever have to use), and a lot of just plug or unplug, test and retest - my storage/system instability was not entirelybeing caused by the SSHDs.
It was caused by the fact that in my M.2 'backplane' Enablement Kit, which does offer M.2 expansion - only supports SATA 6Gbps (which goes through the AHCI driver layer), not the NVMe.
I've had an NVMe M.2 card in my enablement kit for over a month and was really starting to get annoyed at my system either interrupting or locking up whenever I needed to edit the storage layout.
So thanks this discussion topic from a few montrhs ago about the M.2 Enablement Kit and of course to @ccchen for trying as hard as they could. Haha.