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and i got my answer, i didnt realize the dell sas 6 card cant do raid 5 lol /fail
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post #5952 of 7150
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and i got my answer, i didnt realize the dell sas 6 card cant do raid 5 lol /fail

what are you talking about... both the perc 5 and 6 do raid 5.
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what are you talking about... both the perc 5 and 6 do raid 5.

im talking about exactly what i said, i never said the perc 5 or 6, i said the dell SAS6


http://accessories.dell.com/sna/products/system_drives/productdetail.aspx?c=ca&l=en&s=biz&cs=calca1&sku=341-6035


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Heres a quick question that someone might have already asked but were upto 596 pages now lol.

I have currently a perc 5i with 6 drives attached, i have found someone selling perc 6i's fairly cheap.

how easy is the procedure to upgrade??? do i just plug the drives in, import the config and off we go?? or am i going to need to move my 4tb of data so i can start the array from scratch???
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Heres a quick question that someone might have already asked but were upto 596 pages now lol.
I have currently a perc 5i with 6 drives attached, i have found someone selling perc 6i's fairly cheap.
how easy is the procedure to upgrade??? do i just plug the drives in, import the config and off we go?? or am i going to need to move my 4tb of data so i can start the array from scratch???

I just did this, so I'll answer your question. Unplug the SAS cables (note which goes to which connector), and then unplug the Perc5 and plug in the Perc6. Plug the cables back in to their respective connectors and power it up - import the foreign config and that should be all! That's all I did. Backup, backup, backup, of course - as in all things, YMMV.
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i have my important stuff backed upto rewritable 50gb blu rays, i would only loose my mkv collection if anything. not a disaster but i dont have 3tb of spare storage to back them up.
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i have my important stuff backed upto rewritable 50gb blu rays, i would only loose my mkv collection if anything. not a disaster but i dont have 3tb of spare storage to back them up.
I have 4 x 1 tb Spinpoint F3 drives in a RAID10 array, and my 1.6 tb of cumulative data survived without a hiccup.
Like an earlier poster, I also found out the SAS 6i (not Perc 6i) only supports RAID 0 and 1 last week when a newly ordered server didn't have an H700 as it was supposed to. That was a fun new server install.
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Hey all, haven't posted in this thread in a long time. Here's a status update on my Perc 5/i:

I've been running a 7x1TB array in a RAID5 under Server 2008 R2 for about 3 years and I've been quite happy with it. However, at the very beginning of July, the LSI software started reporting unrecoverable read errors on 2 of the disks. I was partially prepared to migrate my data over to a new server (OpenIndiana + ZFS + napp-it), but expedited the process out of necessity. I managed to save all files but one: one bit was flipped in a timestamp, so I just used busybox touch to update it, and the error went away. The other was in a trivial file which I simply deleted. The data has been migrated successfully, so the RAID5 can be decommissioned...

However, my plan is to convert that server into a VM-host. It has already been doing some light VM work, but I'm going to kick it up a notch (and put my systems on an ActiveDirectory Domain for Kerberos authentication). I intend to store my VHDs on the Perc 5/i's array, but I may convert it to a RAID10 or a RAID50 (does the 5/i support 50?)

Should I replace my Perc 5/i with a Perc 6/i? I'm seeing them on ebay for $90 and that sounds reasonable to me. I'm used to native LSI cards now (my OpenIndiana box runs a pair of LSI cards linked to backplanes, feels all professional). Is there a cheap alternative?

EDIT: I bought a Perc 6/i because screw it :3
Edited by Kaishi - 7/25/12 at 9:43am
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I just did this, so I'll answer your question. Unplug the SAS cables (note which goes to which connector), and then unplug the Perc5 and plug in the Perc6. Plug the cables back in to their respective connectors and power it up - import the foreign config and that should be all! That's all I did. Backup, backup, backup, of course - as in all things, YMMV.
Wow dude that is very useful info!!! thank you. I will replace my perc 5i when it dies!!!
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