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I've been following this thread and have even posted a few time in the past but I've come across another question. If i have two Perc 5/i's (as i do do the firmwares have to match? I'm looking to switch from the dell firmware to the LSI firmware as well and if i do this i want to do this at once.
Also i currently have a raid 5 consisting of 3 2TB hard drives, i just picked up a 4th and i would like to add it as a hot spare to this array, but the only thing it will allow me to do currently is add it as a global hot spare.
I also have my OS running on two 1TB hard drive running in a soft raid mirror off my motherboard, what would be the easiest way for me to get this onto my perc 5. I've read a few people report that it will just be detected. Is that true. Also i picked up a set of Seagate Constellation ES ST31000424SS that i's like to switch my raid over to. If i were to get the soft raid switched to the perc5 is there a way for me to add the two SAS drives to the Mirrored OS and then remove the two SATA drives safely.

Couldn't answer your questions on different firmwares, I would think it wouldn't matter but not positive.

Global hot spare is what you want, that covers the entire volume for whichever PERC5 card you're on.

I would not think the PERC5/i would pick up your motherboards software raid. that would be like importing a configuration but I imagine the DAC store on software raid and the PERC5/i is different and would not be recognized.

Only way to test would be plug those two o/s drives into the PERC5/i and see if you get a foreign configuration in the PERC bios, if you do, you may be able to import it and it would show up as another virtual disk.

As far as moving this data over to new drives, I believe you'll have to re-install, In theory you could remove one of the SATA drives which would put the VD into a degraded state, insert the replacement drive and let it rebuild, then do the opposite to the other. One thing is you cannot mix SAS and SATA drives so you may be SOL on this idea.

Hope this helps, someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Thanks Chavez.

I'm looking to de-solder the two retention loops that hold the CPU on. I'm also looking to remove the items circled in red. Possibly the one with the question mark.

And I'm wondering why you cooled this Duckie? Oh and i just want you to be aware my G/f blames you for me having two of these and my growing array setup... lol

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Will there be any negative effects by removing these components? the four pin and two pin i'm unsure of their function. I'm solely removing them to allow for a surface cooler to be installed.

Thanks.
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I think Duckie has slightly gone over the top with the cooling of his PERC wink.gif

The only cooling you really need is the heatsink on the right that has the mounting loops.


On my PERC 5 i have switched the factory heatsink with one off an old nforce2 motherboard and screwed a 40mm fan on which is running at 7v (pretty much silent). With the default heatsink i found that it got clogged with dust quite easily, after the switch to the nforce2 heatsink it's still clean after 1 year of use.

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i'm not sure about the size of your cooler but i need mine to occupy only a single slot. as i'm going to have a fully loaded machine soon.
 
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Next year is going to be a class on different RAID configurations in Linux. This thread attracted me (and it seems many others). I found a site dealing with setting up RAID in Linux and the guy is completely into "only a very specialized user needs RAID at home" I post a link to his site and ask if what is going on here is mainly just for the fun of doing it? I certainly could understand doing something just because it is fun.
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/linux-raid.html
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i'm not sure about the size of your cooler but i need mine to occupy only a single slot. as i'm going to have a fully loaded machine soon.

oh and another question. I cant seem to get my works Ghost software to recognize the the perc 5/i. has anyone else, and what version?

also I've successively removed the two pin and four pin connectors that i pointed out before. And i'm just making sure i want to remove the loop mounts as my de-solder gun seems to melt the plastic bases as i removed the other components.. looking into using a laptop/net book, or a video card cooler to cool this thing.

ant ideas or additional input is accepted. I
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To any perc 6/i gurus:

anyone knows if those 4 pins between the 8484 connectors are HDD led pins? I search all manuals available and couldn't find any info about them.
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To any perc 6/i gurus:
anyone knows if those 4 pins between the 8484 connectors are HDD led pins? I search all manuals available and couldn't find any info about them.

on the perc 5/i the two closest to the white connector are the LED indicator according to a post i read. (at some point in this thread)
 
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I cant figure out how to add a drive to my raid-5 using LSI Mega Raid.

Is it even possible to add without re-creating the entire array ?

I cant find any advanced option for my card using mega raid software.

One more thing.

Is it possible to connect more than 8 drives to the Perc 5i? If so, what do I need to connect more drives?
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I was using google to learn more about the advantages to hardware controled RAID vrs software controlled RAID and I selected the very firt link on the google page pretty much titled "hardware vrs software RAID". The site turned out to be one that immeditally said "your PC is infected bla.bla bla". Trouble is my "pay for Avast Internet security" also became disabled, try as I may with every tool I had I could not bring Avast back online. I am working now from a fresh install, beware of the site I write about.
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