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New HBA Storage Controller > I need some advice: Card / CablesI have reached the limit of installable drives: I am pretty sure you know this situation My motherboard can handle 6 drives and I installed one SSD and five WD Reds. Due to the fact that my data appetite is still vast, I have to buy me my first storage controller I already read a lot of threads and reviews and decided to invest my money into a controller with a LSI chipset. By the way, I just need a "simple" storage controller, no RAID or other fancy functions are needed. I am fine in investing some extra money in the newest chipset generation, because I want to use the controller for a lot of years So far so good, I am completely new to SAS, HBA, JBOD etc., therefore I need an expert advice. I already figured out two potential storage controllers:  Intel RAID Controller RS3WC080 | Specs > http://ark.intel.com/products/77345/ [sorry cannot link them]  Intel RAID Controller RS3UC080 | Specs > http://ark.intel.com/products/76066/ [sorry cannot link them] As far as I understood I have to look for a storage controller with JBOD mode, because I do not need the RAID functions and simply want to attach new drives. Am I right that  is the right decision for my setup? Are there any issues/problems I might face in installing the storage controller? Do I you have to take something into account when I add the new drive into my (lovely) pool? Thanks so much for your help and patience!
ST1000NM0001 (SAS) no SMART/temperature/age
Bas posted a topic in CompatibilityHi, I'm having some issues with getting smart data from a particular type of SAS drive. I'm running a crossflashed IBM M1015 (IT mode, LSI P20 Firmware). Other disks attached to this controller are reporting temperatures and SMART data just fine. StableBit scanner is not showing SMART data, temperatures or age. I am able to get some data with Powershell and smartctl. I've also run the Direct I/O test utility. Please see the attached files and quotes below. It would be very nice if we could get some of this data into Stablebit Scanner! Kind regards, Bas
HGST HUH728080AL5204 SAS 8TB
Mirabis posted a topic in CompatibilityGot 3 of the He8 HGST SAS drives, but neither show S.M.A.R.T data or temperature Tried all Specific Methods as well, nothing shows up. They are connected by a IBM M5210 Raid Card (unconfigured good) -> Intel RES3TV360 (Expander) -> Supermicro Passive Backplanes BPN-SAS-846A / BPN-SAS-826A. I can see the temperature in MegaRaid Storage Manager / Speedfan, but not in Scanner
SAS LSI SAS 9211-8i HBA
kihimcarr posted a topic in CompatibilityLow-profile, eight-port 6Gb/s SATA +SAS HBA with PCIe 2.0 host interface and basic RAID http://www.lsi.com/products/storagecomponents/Pages/LSISAS9211-8i.aspx Driver version: 126.96.36.199 Firmware version: 16.00.00.00 BIOS version: 07.31.00.00 Using specific method: ScsiPassThrough48 Using specific method: AtaPassThrough
RocketRAID 2760 PCI-Express 2.0 SATA III (6.0Gb/s)
Doug posted a topic in CompatibilitySpecifications: Speed: SATA 3 (6.0Gb/s) Ports: 6x Internal Mini SAS SFF-8087 Slot: PCI-Express 2.0 x16 Chipset: See Marvell 9485 SAS/SATA Controller Chip Firmware Firmware: 1.3AHCI compatible: No (proprietary driver required) Link: http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/CS-PCI-E_2_0_x16_Configuration.html Driver: 188.8.131.523 (10/23/2012)rr276x.sys Link: http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/CS-PCI-E_2_0_x16_Configuration.html Performance SATA III SSDBurst: 481 MB/s Drive: Intel SSDSC2CT180A4 OS Tested: Windows Home Server 2011 SATA II HDDBurst: 171 MB/s Drive: Seagate ST3200045AS OS Tested: Windows Home Server 2011 SATA III HDDBurst: 459 MB/s Drive: Seagate ST2000DM001 OS Tested: Windows Home Server 2011
Building a proper WHS server (Need advice)Hello all! Nice to (re)join everyone in the new forums, as I've been a long-time Drivepool user who never really had issues...at least until recently. Don't get me wrong, Drivepool is outstanding, but I have some questions with regards to building a new server, as my current/old one has died on me. (Forgive me for the long post, but I want to do this correctly and cost-effectively!) A little history first. I was running an Acer Easystore H340 server which came with WHSv1. About 2 years ago, I upgraded it to WHS2011 and purchased the Drivepool Add-in, along with a Rosewill RSV-8(?) 8-bay external JBOD enclosure that used 2 eSATA connectors. Everything was working swimmingly. Just a few days ago, I started getting warnings from my SMART add-in that some drives were experiencing CRC errors and bad sectors. Due to concern, I started investigating, and in the end, it appears that my H340 PSU was dying, as the system no longer turns on, or spins up the fans. Rather than try to source a replacement PSU for the H340, since it is long in the tooth and has an Atom CPU, I have plans to build a 'real' WHS server. So, I am leaning towards a Norco RPC-4220 chassis with mini-SAS connectors. I have never had the pleasure (or privilege) of messing around with SAS, so I have some concerns. Basically, I want to keep the JBOD type of setup and continue using Drivepool on top of a more robust I/O lane and system platform (Mobo/CPU/RAM). I already have about 14 SATA drives, and I'd like to continue using them. As far as I believe, the data on these drives is safe, and I understand I can install WHS2011 from scratch, add the Drivepool add-in, then power down and reinstall the HDDs, after which Drivepool should recognize them and add them to my (new?) pool. My main question is if the Norco RPC-4220 and an SAS card that has a mini-SAS SFF-8087 will work together properly to support JBOD along with Drivepool. The controller card is my concern, as I am not sure which would be the best choice. I've narrowed it down to two semi-affordable ones without breaking the bank: HighPoint RocketRAID 2720SGL PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Low Profile SATA / SAS Controller Card areca ARC-1320-8I PCIe 2.0 x8 Lanes MD2 Low Profile SAS 8 Ports PCIe 2.0 6Gb/s SAS Host Adapter LSI MegaRAID Internal Low-Power SATA/SAS 9240-8i 6Gb/s PCI-Express 2.0 RAID Controller Card, Kit As I understand it, the LSI may be the best bet, as I wouldn't mind paying more for reliability so as to avoid anything blowing up within the next 5-10 (if I'm lucky) years. Would each of these cards be able to work with the Norco chassis? There aren't a lot of good detail pics of the Norco, so I imagine that each backplane would have an SFF-8087 port that I would connect to one port on the controller. Thing is, if I want to support all 20 drives, would I not need either multiple controllers, or an SAS Expander? If one controller plus the SAS Expander would be the best route, can you recommend any SAS Expanders? Newegg would be ideal as a supplier so that I can get the entire shipment at once, but I'm relatively flexible here. Afterwards, I would build everything up, and as I said, install WHS2011 + DrivePool, create a pool with a few blank HDDs, then power down and connect the rest of the drives, subsequently adding them to the new pool. I suppose I would need to re-create the shared folders first though correct? That shouldn't be a problem as I only had about 10-12. I GREATLY appreciate any help/feedback you guys can give, as my server is completely offline and really hindering my home network as I used it for DNS/DHCP and a host of other services that ran. Many thanks in advance!
SAS LSI SAS 9201-16i HBA 16-port internal 6Gb/s SATA +SAS PCIe
kihimcarr posted a topic in Compatibility
Specifications: Speed: SAS/SATA 3 (6.0Gb/s) Ports: 2x Internal Mini SAS SFF-8087 Slot: PCI-Express 2.0 x8 Chipset: See Marvell 9485 SAS/SATA Controller Chip Firmware Firmware: 1.5AHCI compatible: No (proprietary driver required) Link: http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/CS-PCI-E_2_0_x8_Configuration.html Driver: 184.108.40.206 (03/20/2013)272x_1x.sys Link: http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/CS-PCI-E_2_0_x8_Configuration.html Performance SATA III HDDBurst: 360 MB/s Drive: Seagate ST3000DM001 OS Tested: Windows Server 2012 Essentials