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The Perc 5/6 Drivers are Native to 2008 R2. There is no updated driver availible for download on 2008 R2. The Lastest Driver for 2008/2003 is 2.24.00.32 for x86 Systerms and 2.24.00.64 for x64 systems. When you look under VD Management after pressing control-r during post do you see your raid array? Also, during post do you see any messages about foreign configurations?
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A Dead Battery will would not cause recognition issues during POST. You should still be seeing the controller Firmware Initialize and see the control-r prompt during post even if your battery was completely dead or disconnected. The only pupose of the battery is to maintain the data stored in volitile memory in the event of AC Power Loss. Its does not inhibit the operation of the controller in any way.
Yes Kyle, that's what I was convinced of, regarding the battery... So it means that my Perc 5/i is indeed dead frown.gif It's quite surprising as it was perfectly working the day I unplugged it and left it on a shelf for a few months. In all cases, I'm going to plug it into another rig and confirm the death diagnosis... Or maybe it will resuscitate smile.gif
    
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Most likely. I would try in another rig, but yes, it sure looks that way.
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Went to access the raid 5 array on my Perc 5/i card over the land and windows on my machine gives the generic error that it would give if the pc with the drives was turned off for example. The raid 1 array on the same perc 5/i card is working fine.

When i remoted into the machine and opened up the LSI configuration 2 of the drives in the raid 5 Array are showing up as "Foreign." Any idea what caused this/what it means?
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Went to access the raid 5 array on my Perc 5/i card over the land and windows on my machine gives the generic error that it would give if the pc with the drives was turned off for example. The raid 1 array on the same Perc 5/i card is working fine.
When i remoted into the machine and opened up the LSI configuration 2 of the drives in the raid 5 Array are showing up as "Foreign." Any idea what caused this/what it means?

A foreign configuration is where the adapter recognizes the RAID meta data (Last 1/2GB of Drive) which does not have matching timestamps and information. Since the drives have not been moved to a different adapter generally this can be caused by a failed drive or sudden loss of power. The First thing you need to do is see if you can access the Partitions and Data Located on the RAID Array. If you CAN ACCESS DATA, you just need to clear the configuration. If you CANNOT ACCESS DATA, please read below carefully.

What you need to do is boot up into the PERC Configuration Utility. Control - R During POST when prompted. You will have 4 Tabs at the top. VD MGMT, PD MGMT, CNTL MGMT, and Foreign View. Look at the Virtual Disks and see if both of you RAID Arrays are listed. Look at the upper right hand corner to see a properties window. You RAID 1 will be in an Optimal State and RAID 5 should be listed as Foreign. Navigate to PD MGMT and take note of the States of the Drives. All of your Member Disks of the RAID 5 will likely be listed in a "foreign" state.

Use Control N to cycle through until you get the Foreign View. Highlight Controller X (Normally 0) at the Top. Press F2 for Operations and press enter on foreign configuration. You want to Import the Foreign Configuration since you cannot access the array or data on it. After you import the foreign, the foreign view tab should go away. Now navigate back to VD MGMT and you should see 2 virtual disks (your RAID 1 and RAID 5). Your RAID 1 should be in an Optimal State and your RAID 5 will either be in a "degraded" or Optimal State. Either way, escape out and cntl-alt-del to reboot and check to see if you can access data. If these steps fail, please message me directly and I will walk you through a "Retag" which is a last ditch effort to save the array.

Let me know if you need any clarification.
Edited by kyle5281 - 4/21/12 at 8:27pm
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A foreign configuration is where the adapter recognizes the RAID meta data (Last 1/2GB of Drive) which does not have matching timestamps and information. Since the drives have not been moved to a different adapter generally this can be caused by a failed drive or sudden loss of power. The First thing you need to do is see if you can access the Partitions and Data Located on the RAID Array. If you CAN ACCESS DATA, you just need to clear the configuration. If you CANNOT ACCESS DATA, please read below carefully.
What you need to do is boot up into the PERC Configuration Utility. Control - R During POST when prompted. You will have 4 Tabs at the top. VD MGMT, PD MGMT, CNTL MGMT, and Foreign View. Look at the Virtual Disks and see if both of you RAID Arrays are listed. Look at the upper right hand corner to see a properties window. You RAID 1 will be in an Optimal State and RAID 5 should be listed as Foreign. Navigate to PD MGMT and take note of the States of the Drives. All of your Member Disks of the RAID 5 will likely be listed in a "foreign" state.
Use Control N to cycle through until you get the Foreign View. Highlight Controller X (Normally 0) at the Top. Press F2 for Operations and press enter on foreign configuration. You want to Import the Foreign Configuration since you cannot access the array or data on it. After you import the foreign, the foreign view tab should go away. Now navigate back to VD MGMT and you should see 2 virtual disks (your RAID 1 and RAID 5). Your RAID 1 should be in an Optimal State and your RAID 5 will either be in a "degraded" or Optimal State. Either way, escape out and cntl-alt-del to reboot and check to see if you can access data. If these steps fail, please message me directly and I will walk you through a "Retag" which is a last ditch effort to save the array.
Let me know if you need any clarification.

I can access the data perfectly now after working through the "import foreign" configuration. Much appreciated smile.gif
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I just got a new machine, as my old dell precision 470 had leaking caps... So I replaced it with a refurb dell precision R5500, and the refurb came with a 6/i adapter, not intergrated. I put the latest firmware from dell on it, but was curious about which lsi firmware it could use? Also it came with 4 fujitsu 2.5 15k sas drives. I bought some caddies and installed 2 more corsair force gt in the first slots as raid 0 and the other as raid 5. The question is all of these drives support sata 3/sas 3 and I was curious if i got an h700 would that really help the speed... At work on a dell 990, I saw 500 on the ssd non raided.. at home this is the best I can get...

2 Corsair force GT's 90gig. Raid 0

HDTuneSSD.jpg

SAS drives raid 5

HDTuneSASdrivesraid5.jpg

Test settings, I know-not real world results, but just wanted to see what it would do with a larger file..

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Full test with ssd Raid 0

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Hd's raid 5

HDTune_Benchmark_DELL____PERC_6_i_Adapterraid5.png
post #5919 of 7176
Is anyone running LSI firmware on their 6/i adapter? Just curious how to like it and which one they used? I tried to read most of this post but don't see much on the 6/i with LSI firmware. Thanks.
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Hi, wihch 2 To hdd is preferable for the perc5 between "Seagate barracuda green" or "WD caviar green" ?
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