Hi again Christopher!
I sure don't mean to beat this thing to death, but I am still left with some questions. If you remember, I like to know WHY things do what they do ...
"Ah, yeah, that would make a difference, actually."
Well, I am assuming you are referring to how you COMMENT and not how the Upgrade goes, right?
"But if all of the drives on the same controller are getting the same serial number, it's the controller that is the problem.
Since we pull the information from the controller.... "
I *DO* suspect the controller is the problem, but do you mean DP pulls directly from the hardware, or the driver? Reason I am asking is because I am not using the SuperMicro recommended driver for the 2 x PCI-X cards (which is the only place I have seen this issue so far), because it will not see drives larger than 2TB. I am using the Sonnet driver which has been updated 2 years newer than the SM driver and DOES support drives larger than 2TB. Since I am already using 2 x 4TB drives with 3 more 3TB drives about to go into the pool, I can't really go back on this. I got the recommendation to use this driver from one of the members on this Forum several years ago.
Has anyone else reported this Serial Number duplication thing?
"And no, this won't affect the upgrade, at all. Though, you may not see it as much, because of it."
I'm curious to know why not. How does DP tell the drives apart from one another if not by the Serial Number? Does it use the Windows assigned "Unique ID"? Knowing this would calm my concerns a LOT. HD Sentinel says it uses ONLY the drive's internal serial number, which it somehow reads from the drive itself, not what gets passed through by the driver. They say that is the only way to FOR SURE tell drives apart since the "Unique ID" is only a windows thing that gets assigned when the drive is initialized in Windows. I know these things from direct conversations I have had with the Developer. See why I am so concerned about this?
Thanks again Christopher,
WHS2011, DrivePool 1.x, Scanner 2.x, SuperMicro X7SBE Mobo, Core2 Duo E8500 CPU, 8GB ECC RAM, 2x SuperMicro AOC-SAT2-MV8 PCI-X Controllers with Sonnet Drivers (>2TB HDD's), 13x 3.5" 2TB HDDs + 2x 4TB HDDs in 3x SuperMicro CSE-M35T 5-Slot Cages in modified Antec 900 Case, PLUS 3x 3.5" 2TB HDDs in modified AMS DS-2350J External 5-Slot NAS Box (gutted electronically - used just for storage & power) attached to a SuperMicro AOC-SASLP-MV8 SATA PCIe-4x Controller via Internal SFF-8087 -> to External SFF-8088 PCI Mini SAS 26P Adapter Card. Total HDDs currently @18 w/ 20 Max. VERY reliable system thanks mostly to Christopher Courtney, whose support is simply incredible!