Dell H310 flashed to IT mode - Windows 10 drivers / software?

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by djlenoir, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. djlenoir

    djlenoir Limp Gawd

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    I am sure someone else on here has owned a Dell H310 that they flashed to IT mode to lok like a regular LSI HBA adapter. I followed a couple of guides on the internet and flashed it to IT mode fine. I popped it into a Windows 10 machine with a couple of SAS to 4xSATA cables and have six WD Reds attached. It looks like it is working fine, and I see the drives, but I am curious what drivers and software I should be using? It automatically installed this driver, but no utilities.

    Storage controllers
    Dell 6Gbps SAS HBA
    Driver Provider : LSI
    Driver Version : 2.0.79.82

    Does this look right? Shouldn't it identify as an LSI after this update?
     
  2. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?

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    I don't think it will look like an LSI controller unless you flash LSI firmware to it. IT mode just lets you use JBOD and non-RAID modes IIRC.
     
  3. djlenoir

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    The guide I followed did not have me flash the LSI firmware. I read something else that mentioned this, but have not found a guide to flashing the LSI firmware yet. Any pointers, or know of a guide to accomplish this?

    Assuming I am able to get this done, do you know what the best Windows 10 driver is and what management software should I install, if any?
     
  4. kirbyrj

    kirbyrj Why oh why didn't I take the BLUE pill?

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    I don't know for sure if that controller is 1:1 compatible with LSI firmware. I mean as long as it works with the current firmware in IT mode, I personally wouldn't screw around with it. I know it was possible with some of the older cards (9211 based cards like the IBM card). I flashed IT mode onto mine and then didn't change anything else.

    As for drivers and management, I never played around with my 9211 card. As long as Windows 10 sees the drives and I can use them in IT mode, I didn't play around with it too much. It's just controls the drives in my Plex server.

    Someone else around here might be able to give you better answers than me ;).
     
  5. mwarps

    mwarps [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Unless you zero'd out the vendor tag, it's going to still say Dell.

    There is no software for the card, as it's just a dumb HBA now. Driver's fine as is.
     
  6. djlenoir

    djlenoir Limp Gawd

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    Thanks for the input. It sounds like there is no benefit for me to go any further with updating the firmware. It is working, so I will just leave well enough alone.