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Funny thing... after about 30 hours I turned off the computer by mistake... Ahhhggg, lol, so I pulled the card and decided to wait till I put the HS on it before letting it build the array.

Got the heatsinks. Waiting on more electric grade silicone and thermal paste to put them on. Using thick thermal tape for the extra heatsink on the backside.

You know what though. Even though Hard Disk Sentinel said that all drives were fine, on the BIOS one of the drives was showing as FAILED. What's up with that? I guess I needed to swap it out before it could finish building anyway..?




No idea.. did you install the LSI MSM software so you could monitor the build progress? That would of told you exactly what's going on. Were they new drives or used? It's possible one of them could of failed the array build process. Did you do a hdtune surface scan on each drive before trying to build it in to the array to check for bad sectors first? That should be a standard practice for anyone that gets any new hard drive for any use, raid or otherwise. Even brand new drives.
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So I have another PERC 6/i here for my x99, installed, working, shows up in the LSI MSM software, sees the battery I plugged to it, everything's fine. Except it has ancient firmware on it dating to feb 2010. I'm trying to update it to the latest 2013 firmware.. I found this here: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=3P52K Which says it's for the PERC 6/i. But every time I try to flash the .rom image in to it via the MSM it fails and says "Firmware download corrupt, flash failed." acting like it won't flash to it.

Does anyone have any idea where I can actually get the latest firmware for these cards that will work with it? I'm trying but not finding it in google searching.
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Originally Posted by kithylin View Post

So I have another PERC 6/i here for my x99, installed, working, shows up in the LSI MSM software, sees the battery I plugged to it, everything's fine. Except it has ancient firmware on it dating to feb 2010. I'm trying to update it to the latest 2013 firmware.. I found this here: http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=3P52K Which says it's for the PERC 6/i. But every time I try to flash the .rom image in to it via the MSM it fails and says "Firmware download corrupt, flash failed." acting like it won't flash to it.

Does anyone have any idea where I can actually get the latest firmware for these cards that will work with it? I'm trying but not finding it in google searching.

Have you tried the windows and linux versions? I might be able to get the update package from openmanage, but I'm not sure if those are dell only packages.
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Have you tried the windows and linux versions? I might be able to get the update package from openmanage, but I'm not sure if those are dell only packages.

The only thing platform-dependant is the installer package for how to flash. The actual *.rom file is the same for both linux and windows versions and can be flashed any which way. I'm just not finding the correct version.

EDIT: I've downloaded both the windows installer and the linux installer for the URL I posted above, and compared the resulting *.rom in the "payload" folder for both packages, and the md5sum is exactly the same for both rom files. So yeah the rom is the same for both, it's just different auto-flash methods.
Edited by kithylin - 9/28/17 at 4:08pm
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I only recall using the original open manage software when I flashed firmware to my PERC6, so I can't help out. I have used MSM with the H700 from what I remember, but even that has been a long time now. Sorry I'm not more help!
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I got the silicone, set up the cooling and fired it up.

One of ky drives was still showing in red. I tried to figure out which one it was, when I swapped it, it showed 3 drives missing. I deleted the configuration, reset the card to factory and I have 2 drives showing as "foreign".

What am I supposed to do to get them "ready" so I can start building the new array?

And does anyone have a picture showing the order of the SATA cables to know which drive is which? It wpuld be so much easier that way.

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I got the silicone, set up the cooling and fired it up.

One of ky drives was still showing in red. I tried to figure out which one it was, when I swapped it, it showed 3 drives missing. I deleted the configuration, reset the card to factory and I have 2 drives showing as "foreign".

What am I supposed to do to get them "ready" so I can start building the new array?

And does anyone have a picture showing the order of the SATA cables to know which drive is which? It wpuld be so much easier that way.


Just go back to VD page in bios and goto controller and F2 -> clear configuration. Should reset all drives. If that doesn't do it then control-n I think it is to move to the next page, swap pages over to Foreign View, and there, F2 -> clear foreign configuration. The "foreign configuration" means the drives were used in RAID for either another PERC before or by some other raid card before is all. Just clear the old raid configuration and they should reset to "unconfigured good" or "Ready" and then you're ready to go. Go back to VD page -> F2 -> Create Array.
Edited by kithylin - 10/8/17 at 12:42pm
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Sweet. Thanks! That worked. It took me a minute to find where the CLEAR option was but it worked like a charm.

I have the 512K RAID-5 building again. Now I just gotta make sure I don't power down by mistake again, lol thumb.gif

Also, I ended up adding a 10-bit output card for my color grading monitor and the stupid card has a stupid 40mm fan on it, so I went ahead and added a 40mm to the bigger heatsink on the PERC 6/i thumb.gif So far so good, I am getting 89F at the base of the cooler/PCB getting as close as I can.





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Sweet. Thanks! That worked. It took me a minute to find where the CLEAR option was but it worked like a charm.

I have the 512K RAID-5 building again. Now I just gotta make sure I don't power down by mistake again, lol thumb.gif

Also, I ended up adding a 10-bit output card for my color grading monitor and the stupid card has a stupid 40mm fan on it, so I went ahead and added a 40mm to the bigger heatsink on the PERC 6/i thumb.gif So far so good, I am getting 89F at the base of the cooler/PCB getting as close as I can.

I happened to notice your distinct lack of battery connected to your PERC. You're going to get almost halved read/write performance and errors on boot up until you connect one to it.
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I used the nail polish method. Was that just to stop a warning?

Do you mean that it will literally be slow and unreliable for a little while when I boot up? How long? Should I be worried even if I am not using it as a boot drive?
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