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3tb drives only show as 2tb in SRCSASPH161 controller (Ctrl+G)

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.

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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.

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Thanks Dan

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?

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Bruce,

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.

Regards,

John

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Thanks John

Looks like I might have to be upgrading a lot sooner than I anticipated.

Thanks

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