Just got this (very nice) 16-drive capable card, and thought I would pair it up with 6 of the new Hitachi Deskstar Sata3 3tb drives.
No problem detecting the card or working my way through creating a Raid6 array, but the 3tb drives only showed up as 2tb each.
I expected the drives (not for O/S at all, simply storage with MS SBS2011 Essential Svr) to show up in all their splendour.
Just checked the Card during a reboot...
BIOS: MT33 (Oct 24 2007)
Firmware Package Version: 7.0.1.0075
Firmware Version: 1.12.280.0826 (Mar 18 2010)
Hope the extra info helps... Would appreciate any guidance please.
I think the card might only support up to 2TB - I looked at the tested list at http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/srcsasph16i/sb/CS-028825.htm http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/srcsasph16i/sb/CS-028825.htm, and there's nothing bigger than 2TB listed.
I figured that might well be the case. Would it be worthwhile (and how would I) making contact with Intel directly to see if that actually is the case?
I wonder what the chances are of Intel creating an updated firmware version that brings the card up to current drive tech?
The SRCSASPH16I uses the LSI Logic* SAS 1068 eight-port controller. The LSI 1068 has a hardware limitation at 2TB, there is no way around it. The 1078 or 2108 ROC chips or 2008 SAS chip will support disk capacities well above 2TB.