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Ha ha ha.... i hope it's not coming UPS... they hate heavy packages and will likely kick it around and throw it on the ground....
things gonna be heavy when i fill it with drives...
    
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Does anyone know where I can get a back plate for the PERC 6/i that'll actually fit? I tried using one from an old Promise SX4, but the holes don't line up properly.
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Try xbyte.com

Its where i got my perc 6/i's from for $159 with 90 day warrenty, bbu and bracket.

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when i was using a single card w/bracket, i got mine from an ethernet card. the spacing varies from bracket to bracket. ebay sometimes has them for around $10, but i think that's highway robbery. good luck finding them. let me know if you find a resource, as I will be looking for a couple more in a month or so.

im not using brackets at the moment because my motherboard is currently horizontal. gravity holds em in
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Hi, Umm newb question. I just picked up the PERC 5/i card on the front page. Is this the latest BIOS I can use? Dell PERC i/5 2950 BIOS Page
If not, where can I pick up the Latest BIOS?

Thanks
Can anyone help with this question? I don't want to brick the card updating the wrong BIOS.
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Can anyone help with this question? I don't want to brick the card updating the wrong BIOS.
That is the BIOS for the PowerEdge 2950, not the PERC Firmware.

Dell makes it really hard (read: Dell's support site does not cater to "non-dell" systems that have a PERC in them) to find the drivers for a particular RAID card, they make you search by system. I know that the PowerEdge 6950 has the option to use either the 5/i, 5/ir, 6/i, 5/e, and H series PERCs, so I always use that system to find firmwares.

I think this is the latest 5/i firmware (5.2.2-0072) someone please correct me if I am wrong:

http://support.dell.com/support/down...eckFormat=true
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That is the BIOS for the PowerEdge 2950, not the PERC Firmware.

Dell makes it really hard (read: Dell's support site does not cater to "non-dell" systems that have a PERC in them) to find the drivers for a particular RAID card, they make you search by system. I know that the PowerEdge 6950 has the option to use either the 5/i, 5/ir, 6/i, 5/e, and H series PERCs, so I always use that system to find firmwares.

I think this is the latest 5/i firmware (5.2.2-0072) someone please correct me if I am wrong:

http://support.dell.com/support/down...eckFormat=true
Thanks a lot for your help man.
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I ve got 3 of these SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM running in a RAID 5 setup running off the PERC 5. are the speeds show seem appropriate? HD Tune was all over the place so i threw those out but i have 3 runs of crystal mark.
Attachment 195558
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Does anyone have a better testing application?

Is it normaly for it to take SEVERAL hours to initialize the 3x2Tb Hdds.

Does anyone have any tips for how to get the best performance out of a standard HDD.

I already turned off windows write-cache buffer flush on the device

I posted this before and didn't get any responses.

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I ve got 3 of these SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM running in a RAID 5 setup running off the PERC 5. are the speeds show seem appropriate? HD Tune was all over the place so i threw those out but i have 3 runs of crystal mark.
Attachment 195558
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Does anyone have a better testing application?

Is it normaly for it to take SEVERAL hours to initialize the 3x2Tb Hdds.

Does anyone have any tips for how to get the best performance out of a standard HDD.

I already turned off windows write-cache buffer flush on the device

I posted this before and didn't get any responses.

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yep, BGI can take up to a day and a half on a larger array. Keep in mind that you can still access, format, and send data to your drives while BGI is happening. The CLI or MegaRaid Manager can adjust the task based rates for background initialization, the default is 30%. If you bump that up, the init will go faster, but your disk performance while BGI is happening will suffer accordingly.

the speeds look pretty typical for a 3 disk raid 5 setup. which settings are you using for the array?

one thing that sped up my arrays was setting the write cache flush to 15 seconds instead of the default (which i believe was 3 seconds), but this is not recommended for volatile environments or if you dont have a BBU and a UPS.
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yep, BGI can take up to a day and a half on a larger array. Keep in mind that you can still access, format, and send data to your drives while BGI is happening. The CLI or MegaRaid Manager can adjust the task based rates for background initialization, the default is 30%. If you bump that up, the init will go faster, but your disk performance while BGI is happening will suffer accordingly.
I did the BGI from the controller, therefore i was in the PERC5/I's BIOS until it said it was done. This is my First RAID controller short of an on-board software based one. So if i was an idot and didnt have to sit there please let me know : ) Where would i find the MegaRiad Manager for the Perc5/i. I did a quick search and all that turned up was links to particular cards. None referenced the PERC5/i. Also are you aware of where i can find a Windows 7 x64 F6 driver?

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the speeds look pretty typical for a 3 disk raid 5 setup. which settings are you using for the array?
I don't remember if i set the array to 64K or 128K bother had good results in benchmarks to i went with one of those. It's not odd at all that the read speed is half of the write? I would have thought this to have been the other way around the write speed being half the read?

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one thing that sped up my arrays was setting the write cache flush to 15 seconds instead of the default (which i believe was 3 seconds), but this is not recommended for volatile environments or if you dont have a BBU and a UPS.
I currently have a UPS and a BBU for the Raid card. Where would i find the location to make the change you mentioned above default to 15 seconds.
 
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