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    Multiple HBA incompatibility issue

    I have some updates. I was able to flash the 1068e with LSI SAS 3081E-R firmware back from August 2011 which is the most current firmware. Flashing went through without issue, but still there were the same problems. It seems like the firmware is trying to load both cards, but due to some incompatibility, cannot and so just boots the one. I thought this might have been due to an IR and IT incompatibility, so I reflashed the 1068e with IT firmware without success. I wonder if this is an issue with a SAS (1068e) + SAS2 (SAS2008) incompatibility?
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    Multiple HBA incompatibility issue

    Should I be able to manage the cards from the same interface, or will I still need to press ctrl-c for each card? I've never had 2 LSI cards in the same computer at the same time before.
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    Multiple HBA incompatibility issue

    Firmware on the 9211-8i is the latest, released in early 2014 I believe. The 1068e firmware is from 2008. I looked around on LSI's website for newer firmware and it looks like all they have posted are drivers.
  4. I’m trying to run two HBA’s in the same server (SuperMicro X9SCA Mother Board) and am running into an issue where only 1 of the cards will initialize during the pre-boot phase of startup. The initialization is not random, but is instead based on the physical order of the cards in the server (Whatever is closest to the CPU boots). Unsurprisingly, the card that does not initialize is not seen by the OS. One card is an LSI 9211-8i (SAS2008) flashed in IT mode, the other is a rebranded LSI 1068e (Dell SAS 6) still with default IR firmware. I’ve looked around google and can’t seem to find an answer as to why this doesn’t work, as the general consensus is that it shouldn’t be too much trouble. Any ideas would be appreciated, thanks!
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    using an old (from 2000) scsi hdd

    Ya, I think I'll ditch the scsi in favor of a dual channel CF adapter (put in R0) and the WD15EARS. Luckily, the rest of the components are all from a quiet PC from years back. The noise from the scsi would kill it.
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    using an old (from 2000) scsi hdd

    small workload. home file server and possibly personal website. another possibility would be to use one of the 8GB compact flash cards I have lying around...
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    Two different HDD's in RAID?

    Do not put them in RAID. You could buy a second black and raid the two black drives together to increase performance. Without spending more money, your best bet is to keep them separate.
  8. Hi- I'm looking to build a Debian file/web server with a couple of WD15EARS drives in RAID1 for redundancy. I'm debating whether I should put the OS on a 10,000 RPM SCSI drive from around 2000, or if I should partition off the EARS drive and use that. Here is the SCSI drive: Data buffer 4 MB Rotational speed 10,000 RPM Latency (average) 2.99 ms Media transfer rate 280-452 Mbits/sec Interface transfer rate 160 MB/sec 200/400 MB/sec Sustained data rate 21.7-36.1 MB/sec Seek time Average 4.9 ms Track to track 0.5 ms Full track 10.5 ms The SCSI drive would hold all partitions except /home. Opinions?
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    Running WD15EARS in Raid 1 on Debian 5.0

    looks like sector sizes must be set manually in both parted and fdisk. sector must start at 64 (default is 63) and all subsequent partitions must start on sectors divisible by 4k. block size also should be 4096 bytes; thankfully that is default on most configurations. if this is incorrect, please let me know here
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    Running WD15EARS in Raid 1 on Debian 5.0

    Seems like one problem WD15EARS have is their high load/unload cycle count. you can change this using wdidle3 with steps to do so here: still not sure how to deal with sector sizes...
  11. Hi Everyone- My plan is to build a home server using Debian 5.0 and a pair of WD15EARS drives in RAID 1 for boot and storage. 1. What is a good file system when reliability > performance? 2. Any special concerns when using WD15EARS drives? Issues with write caching, for example. 3. How to deal with 4kb sectors? 4. Any personal experience using similar hardware? Thanks