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PWixn
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RS2BL080 Dual Linking and Cold Boot Wierdness

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Hello Community.

First post and two questions:

Does the RS2BL080 support Dual Link?

I have two SFF-8087 cables connected to a Dual Link-capable backplane-expander but the RWC2 states connection on port 0-3 only.

Does this scenarion require some extra software or hardware configuration?

During Cold Boot, my server gets stuck on "Initializing Devices"

This happens with both "certified" and "non-certified" drives. Soft rebooting by CTRL-ALT-DEL or by IPMI solves the issue and the controller detects all (both "certified" and "non-certified") devices.

Cheers

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idata
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Hello,

We can confirm that the RAID controller supports Port selector (for dual-port drives) but the hardware user guide does not mention anything about dual link support.

When the server gets stuck on "Initializing Devices" the reason could be a failing drive or the RAID Controller. Make sure you have the latest firmware and if the issue persists contact our support group directly for assistance:

http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contactsupport http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contactsupport

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idata
Community Manager
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Hello,

We can confirm that the RAID controller supports Port selector (for dual-port drives) but the hardware user guide does not mention anything about dual link support.

When the server gets stuck on "Initializing Devices" the reason could be a failing drive or the RAID Controller. Make sure you have the latest firmware and if the issue persists contact our support group directly for assistance:

http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contactsupport http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/contactsupport

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PWixn
Beginner
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Hi and thank you for your reply,

I have already reflashed the latest firmware twice and none of the disk reports any physical or logical error (SMART, HDTune, CHKDSK)

If I recall this correctly, this mischievous error appeared on another set of mechanical drives on a firmware upgrade a couple of revisions ago. One day the "Initializing Devices" worked as intended but on the next cold boot, the boot process halted on "Initializing Devices"

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