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Here's the image across my LAN. The file was transferred from my Perc6i RAID 10 (4 x 1 TB HD) to my HTPC (Velociraptor). I had to blank out the file names because it was client related.
post #6252 of 7150
Hello, I have a question.

I currently have 6 drives on my Dell Perc 6/i in Raid6... on a pretty old rig used as a file server. I'm planning to upgrade it this summer and was wondering if it would be a straight transfer to the new system, or would I have to format and redo the array?

Of course I'll be backing everything up before I make the upgrade, but I would just like to know ahead of time. smile.gif
post #6253 of 7150
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Originally Posted by Namtaro View Post

Hello, I have a question.

I currently have 6 drives on my Dell Perc 6/i in Raid6... on a pretty old rig used as a file server. I'm planning to upgrade it this summer and was wondering if it would be a straight transfer to the new system, or would I have to format and redo the array?

Of course I'll be backing everything up before I make the upgrade, but I would just like to know ahead of time. smile.gif

As long as you keep the drives plugged into the same cable, and the cable goes on the correct side of the card, you'll be fine (But don't forget to backup, ya know, just in case... ph34r-smiley.gif)

EDIT: Forgot to add, if you haven't done so, you might want to physically mark the cables so you know which one plugs into each drive. Like with a marker put B1D2 (bay 1 disk 2) or something easy to remember.
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Originally Posted by wtomlinson View Post

As long as you keep the drives plugged into the same cable, and the cable goes on the correct side of the card, you'll be fine (But don't forget to backup, ya know, just in case... ph34r-smiley.gif)

EDIT: Forgot to add, if you haven't done so, you might want to physically mark the cables so you know which one plugs into each drive. Like with a marker put B1D2 (bay 1 disk 2) or something easy to remember.

When I first got my SAS drives here I was re-arranging cables once to test it, and re-arranged which cable went to which drive and it worked fine and my data was there, it triggered a raid rebuild though.
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When I first got my SAS drives here I was re-arranging cables once to test it, and re-arranged which cable went to which drive and it worked fine and my data was there, it triggered a raid rebuild though.

See I wasn't sure if it was required to match the cables or not, that's why I added the part about making sure you have a backup.

I'm too scared to touch my stuff now that it's setup. Man tears would be shed if anything happened to my RAID10 with all my pictures, movies, music, etc...

If I ever decide to mess with the array, everything will be going to Amazon S3 or Glacier first.
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See I wasn't sure if it was required to match the cables or not, that's why I added the part about making sure you have a backup.

I'm too scared to touch my stuff now that it's setup. Man tears would be shed if anything happened to my RAID10 with all my pictures, movies, music, etc...

If I ever decide to mess with the array, everything will be going to Amazon S3 or Glacier first.

I know how you feel. I had to use 2 x 3 TB drives in a RAID 1 when I redid my array because I couldn't afford to risk any data corruption.
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I just flashed my new perc 6 with the latest lsi firmware now everytime I reboot and try to enter the config it asks me to enter a valid key???

is this an easy bypass or shall I just go for the latest dell firmware pack instead??
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I just flashed my new perc 6 with the latest lsi firmware now everytime I reboot and try to enter the config it asks me to enter a valid key???

is this an easy bypass or shall I just go for the latest dell firmware pack instead??

I've worked with many different hardware raid cards other than dell in enterprise servers in the past and I have never seen one require a "key" to enter their bios setup before. Do you think you could provide a photo/screenshot some how of this?

Are you still able to manage and configure the device from within the OS?

I would probably suggest in the short term to re-flash it back to the dell firmware until someone here could help you with the "key problem" with the LSI firmware.
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I flashed it to the latest dell firmware and its working a treat apart from performance seems poor, my perc 5 on latest lsi firmware is out performing my perc 6 sadly.

I will reflash it later and provide a screen of the problem.
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reflashed to latest lsi 8888elp firmware from the megaraid management console, worked a treat and performance is as expected.
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