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That's incredible thank you!! such a big help thumb.gif

Random disclaimer: We found this on a random website via google image searching. If it's not correct and it bork's your array, please don't hate me.
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This does not effect most of the PERCs in this thread, but just an FYI for anyone thinking about using a SAS 5/e, PERC 5/iR, or any other Dell sas or raid controller that uses these capacitors. The capacitor: Sanyo 1500uf 6.3v, green with yellow/gold text.

I work with a lot of older Dell hardware. I've noticed a huge problem with the Dell SAS 5/e adapters. Every one of them with these specific capacitors will have them swell, leak, or even burst, with enough use. These servers are in a temperature controlled environment. Air temp is normally below 60F, and the airflow prevents any hot air from being sucked back into the servers.

Here's a few pics of one with one swollen cap, and the other leaking. Hard to see, but there's a slight bulge on top of them, and the bottom is slightly pushed out.




I know these are past the warranty date, so no use in complaining to Dell at this point. Still, this is a huge flaw and can cause data loss if the problem goes unnoticed. Just because your card is working doesn't mean these caps are good. I've seen plenty that were being used, transferring large amounts of data daily, but had swollen caps.

The good thing is if your card is still working, you can swap the caps with better quality ones and save yourself any frustration. I noticed Dell has been doing this on the refurbished cards. Dell just swaps them with a different brand cap with the same specs, but I recommend getting a 10v or 16v cap to be on the safe side. I also recommend swapping the 180uf 16v cap next to the heat sink with a higher quality one. I've seen these swell up too.
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The answer is no, it's not a Win 7 specific issue. I'm pretty sure you would have the same problem on 2008 Server R2, but not under Ubuntu wink.gif
In addition not a driver issue as well: the default driver loaded under Windows 7 will manage the PERC pretty nicely.
See below...
Hello guys,

Especially haphun and Carlitos714,
Hope the following will help you...

I just received my new CPU + MB + RAM last saturday, to upgrade my quite old S775 platform rolleyes.gif
My new config is the following (the MB part is what will interest you the most I guess) :

CPU : Core i7 970
MB : X58 EVGA Classified 3 E770
RAM : Corsair 3 x 4 Go DDR3 2000Mhz CAS10 (CMZ12GX3M3A2000C10)

Mounting it went quite smoothly, but the problem began when I first tried to install Windows 7 (x64 SP1) on my RAID array.
In fact, the PERC's volumes didn't show on the HDD selection screen of the Win 7 installer.
I have 4 x 73 GB Seagate Savvio 15k1 connected to my PERC 5/i.
On my old rig, I had 2 RAID0 array configured, each with two disks.
On the first was installed Win 7 and on the second some VM and games.

What was bothering/misleading me, was being able to see/access/read/write my old volumes and partitions of the PERC from a Ubuntu live CD.

So I concluded that it was definitely not a compatibility problem with my new hardware.

Later, I understood that the problem was only existing with Windows 7 and Windows Vista installers/OS (probably due to their way to manage shared IRQ).

I managed to install Windows 7 SP1 x64 on another (SATA) HDD, to then discover the card under Contrôleur RAID intégré DELL PERC 5/i (yes I'm french biggrin.gif) in device manager with a nice :
Long story short, after a big amount of hours spent in tests and web searches, I finally found a topic on the EVGA forum where a guy (many thanks to him) had an issue of the same kind but nothing relative to the PERC 5/i...

Briefly, a BIOS parameter has to be enabled: in BIOS, under "PnP/PCI Configurations" is "Reserved RC for Bridge".
When you load default settings for your BIOS, this parameter is set to "Disabled".
I had to enable it to make my PERC 5/i functioning again under Win 7 on my X58 EVGA Classified 3 E770 drum.gif


Quite happy when finally got my PERC running under this Win 7 tongue.gif
Then I directly launched a new Win 7 installation just to confirm that the disks of the PERC were well recognized this time. They were! thumb.gif

So I stopped the installation and I boot back on my SATA Win 7 installation to run:
  • a flash of the PERC to the last LSI package: 7.0.1-0083 (APP-1.12.330-1300)
  • some benchs of my disks (didn't do it for a long time) biggrin.gif

Though, I still have a problem to install Win 7 on disks managed by the card.
I rearranged my disks (1 alone for system, RAID0 with the 3 others for test VM + games), and launched a new Win 7 SP1 x64 installation.
I was able to select my alone disk from the PERC from the HDD selection screen, then the installation began, but when the computer reboots, it is not able to boot back to continue the installation, I have a nice
Yes my PERC is the first one HDD in BIOS selected to boot from and all my other HDD are unplugged...

Any idea what this might be from?

Maybe I have to flash back to a dell firmware?

Hope the solution that helped me will help some others wink.gif

Thank you so much! I had this exact same issue. I know the Perc 5/i is very picky about what motherboards it works in, but I thought the X58 chipset was mostly fine. It worked fine in my Asus Rampage III GENE, and it's a good thing I found this thread, when I moved it to another box.
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You're welcome smile.gif

It's nice to see that a 4 years old post is still useful to somebody thumb.gif
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What is the difference between dell PERC 6/i 0WY335 and dell PERC 6/i 0H726F?

I feel like this is a dumb question to ask, but I've been googling for a good couple hours and the only place I can see reference to these model / PN is by the sellers..

I'm looking on fleabay to get one of these suckers to get my 3x2TB drives on my x79 machine on a raid 5 config to have some redundancy for the VM farm I'm putting up as a test environment for my development projects. So far I know to get a battery and the right cables for the card, but I am less sure about the difference of these two models.

If anyone has any idea, or can point me in the right direction to some info, I would appreciate it. @DuckieHo if you have any idea? I think I saw your posts on SF.
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What is the difference between dell PERC 6/i 0WY335 and dell PERC 6/i 0H726F?

Probably the only difference would be revision, to which server they were installed, if they were supplier with or without accessories - battery/cables/bracket, etc.
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Probably the only difference would be revision, to which server they were installed, if they were supplier with or without accessories - battery/cables/bracket, etc.

The only difference I was able to tell is some of them came with a tray, screwed in on the side of something, or a few came with PCIe brackets. So you think they are essentially the same?
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The only difference I was able to tell is some of them came with a tray, screwed in on the side of something, or a few came with PCIe brackets. So you think they are essentially the same?
Yes smile.gif
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What is the difference between dell PERC 6/i 0WY335 and dell PERC 6/i 0H726F?

I feel like this is a dumb question to ask, but I've been googling for a good couple hours and the only place I can see reference to these model / PN is by the sellers..

I'm looking on fleabay to get one of these suckers to get my 3x2TB drives on my x79 machine on a raid 5 config to have some redundancy for the VM farm I'm putting up as a test environment for my development projects. So far I know to get a battery and the right cables for the card, but I am less sure about the difference of these two models.

If anyone has any idea, or can point me in the right direction to some info, I would appreciate it. @DuckieHo if you have any idea? I think I saw your posts on SF.

I haven't been able to get a Dell PERC 6/i (of any model) to work with any newer systems myself. I've tried it in an intel P67 system and it caused the entire machine to fail to POST and not even run. So it may not work in X79 system either.
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I haven't been able to get a Dell PERC 6/i (of any model) to work with any newer systems myself. I've tried it in an intel P67 system and it caused the entire machine to fail to POST and not even run. So it may not work in X79 system either.

That would be not optimal at all. I really want to get some redundancy built into my set up as the configuration is quickly becoming non-trivial to reproduce. I also wanted to be able to have an SSD dedicated to catching for all of the resources which would be stored in the raid array.

Has anyone else seen any issues trying to get dell PERC 6/i working in Intel desktop boards?
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