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post #5571 of 7177
I'm using an old northbridge heatsink from a Nforce2 chipset. i broke off the metal tabs on the sides and use the same mounting bar as the previous heatsink. The heatsink is cold to the touch with a 40mm fan.

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The one issue i found with the standard heatsink is that i was quite easy for the the little fins to get clogged with dust and fluff.
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post #5572 of 7177
quick question, I'm pretty sure I know the answer but just wanted to make sure:

My server is fubar'ed and I need to move my Perc 5/i card + all drives connected to it to another system, is it ok to do this? Will my logical drives stay intact for the move??

thanks!
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Originally Posted by pookguy88;14557526 
quick question, I'm pretty sure I know the answer but just wanted to make sure:

My server is fubar'ed and I need to move my Perc 5/i card + all drives connected to it to another system, is it ok to do this? Will my logical drives stay intact for the move??

thanks!
yeah, just make sure you connect the drives to the same ports, otherwise you risk having to import a foreign config and while that is not bad per se, its much less scary if you hook em up the right way in the first place so it doesnt give you any error messages.
    
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Havent visited this thread in a while, and coincidentally I just got several Dell Power Edge 2950 servers to replace some really old really bad performing servers. All of them have the same raid card I have and discussed here.... PERC 5/i

Problem is twice now on two different servers (two are running fine) I did an install of server 2008, then ran windows update over and over to get all the latest updates.... and the two servers in question now will not boot from the OS HDD, it never hands off as if the bootloader is screwed. Anyone else run in to this? It is getting extremely frustrating!!!!!
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I don't know if anyone care but LSI just release a newer firmware as of August 2011
LSI MegaRAID SAS 8480E

release date = Aug 03, 2011
Version: 7.0.1-0083 (APP-1.12.330-1300)

i just got my Perc 5i a few days ago and now using that newest firmware, i didn't buy 6i because of the price and my motherboard is about 3yrs old.

here is my setup
OS = WHS2011
Motherboard = GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2HP rev. 2.0
Dell Perc 5i with LSI 1.12.330-1300 firmware
running Raid5 with 4 2TB WD Green EARS
MegaRAID Storage Manager - Windows, Version 2.35-01

Everything work like it should, i did have trouble flashing the firmware, try it in win7 x86 and even bootup USB DOS still didn't work, finally using the Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager R129626 and flash the bios and it work. During the flashing process i didn't see anything but just leave it running and finally asked to reboot to get new firmware. what you need to do is just shut it down wait for about 1-2mins and turn it back on.
Edited by Zeus640 - 8/13/11 at 10:10am
post #5576 of 7177
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Originally Posted by DJZeratul;14562876 
yeah, just make sure you connect the drives to the same ports, otherwise you risk having to import a foreign config and while that is not bad per se, its much less scary if you hook em up the right way in the first place so it doesnt give you any error messages.

i'm not so sure that is correct. i believe as long as all the drives to the raid set are connected, the controller will sort out the rest. so, you can swap drives to different ports without any issues.

a drive gets marked as a foreign config when the raid metadata on the disk differs from that on the controller. i believe there is a checksum on the metadata and that is probably what is being compared/checked. it is possible that the checksum gets corrupted and the controller might falsely mark a disk as foreign.
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post #5577 of 7177
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeus640;14569880 
I don't know if anyone care but LSI just release a newer firmware as of August 2011
LSI MegaRAID SAS 8480E

release date = Aug 03, 2011
Version: 7.0.1-0083 (APP-1.12.330-1300)

And for PERC 6:
MegaRAID SAS 8888ELP

release date = Aug 03, 2011
Version: 11.0.1-0042 (APP-1.40.282-1279)
There are two from Aug 03, 2011 - but this one is as Update1 from 08/11/11 wink.gif
post #5578 of 7177
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i'm not so sure that is correct. i believe as long as all the drives to the raid set are connected, the controller will sort out the rest. so, you can swap drives to different ports without any issues.

a drive gets marked as a foreign config when the raid metadata on the disk differs from that on the controller. i believe there is a checksum on the metadata and that is probably what is being compared/checked. it is possible that the checksum gets corrupted and the controller might falsely mark a disk as foreign.
I was just going by experience, maybe my config did get corrupted last time i swapped around drives... That is good information to know. Thanks for pointing it out.
    
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Well, my project is coming along nicely and i thought my experience might benefit somebody else out there, so here's a short spiel about what I'm doing / have done.

I have (almost) built a DAS using the following parts:
1 x Custom Chassis (being built - thank god i know a sheety)
4 x Intel AXX6DRV3GEXP 6-Drive Hot-Swap Expanders (EBAY)
4 x 4 Internal 7pin SAS/SATA to External SAS 4X adapter w/Centronics bracket

The DAS connects via 2 x Perc 6/E's we had kicking around at work.

Total cost for a 24 slot Hot swap & 16 fixed disk DAS (holds 30 disks) $500 + some spare parts

I can now confirm that the Intel Expanders are 100% compatible with the PERC 6/E & PERC 6/i & SAS 5/i (yes i know this is a Perc 5 thread but thought this info may help somebody). I have the DAS connected to a Dell PE 2950 for home usage and everything seems to be going well. The drives in the Expanders are limited in speed by them but the fixed disks will be for speed (no expanders) and the hot swap's for raw storage.

The fixed disk slots are populated already with 16 x 600gb 6gb/s SAS (Raid 10) and the 24 2tb sata's are on order for the hot swaps.

I'll post some pics up once it's all assembled if anyone is interested.

Hope this helps somebody out there.

Cheers

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post #5580 of 7177
Quote:
Originally Posted by Zeus640;14569880 
I don't know if anyone care but LSI just release a newer firmware as of August 2011
LSI MegaRAID SAS 8480E

release date = Aug 03, 2011
Version: 7.0.1-0083 (APP-1.12.330-1300)

i just got my Perc 5i a few days ago and now using that newest firmware, i didn't buy 6i because of the price and my motherboard is about 3yrs old.

here is my setup
OS = WHS2011
Motherboard = GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2HP rev. 2.0
Dell Perc 5i with LSI 1.12.330-1300 firmware
running Raid5 with 4 2TB WD Green EARS
MegaRAID Storage Manager - Windows, Version 2.35-01

Everything work like it should, i did have trouble flashing the firmware, try it in win7 x86 and even bootup USB DOS still didn't work, finally using the Dell SAS RAID Storage Manager R129626 and flash the bios and it work. During the flashing process i didn't see anything but just leave it running and finally asked to reboot to get new firmware. what you need to do is just shut it down wait for about 1-2mins and turn it back on.

Thank you for posting this. I just updated my firmware through megaRAID and everything seems to be working fine so far. I will post if I get any errors.

setup up is in sig under HTPC using Win7 Ultimate x64
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