PCI-e 8 Port HBA for ZFS - Suggestions for 4TB+ support

Discussion in 'SSDs & Data Storage' started by raiderj, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. raiderj

    raiderj Limp Gawd

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    I'm running ZFS on Ubuntu, and looking to get a controller to attach 8x4TB SATA drives. The best controller I'm aware of at the moment is the LSI 9211-8i. However, I don't believe it supports spinning-down of drives, and might not support drives larger than 2TB.

    Is there a recommended HBA for ZFS that is known to be supported under Linux/Ubuntu and supports 4TB SATA drives? Drive spin-down would be nice, but not critical (plus I'm not sure if that works under ZFS anyway).
     
  2. longblock454

    longblock454 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I have no idea about spin down, as I never give my drives a chance, but the IBM M1015s is pretty hard to beat these days.

    If you using the new 4tb Seagate 5900 rpm drives they don't consume hardly any power anyhow.
     
  3. drescherjm

    drescherjm [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I believe it does support 4TB drives. Also for the spin down you can use hdparm to have the drives spin themselves down. With that said I would not get a 9211-8i because of its high cost. Get one of the IBM M1015s for under $100 used @ ebay.
     
  4. raiderj

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    After reading more reviews on the 9211, it does support 4TB drives (or at least 3+TB). Haven't looked into the IBM controllers, will do that!
     
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    longblock454 [H]ard|Gawd

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    I've got (15) 4TB Seagates hitched to two 1015s in IT mode, Linux, works great.
     
  6. raiderj

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    What about the PERC H200 or H310? Will those cards work as well? They seem to be cheaper on ebay and are still a 9211 variant.
     
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    Rectal Prolapse Gawd

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    My IT-flashed IBM M1015s (JBOD) allows drive spindown, in openindiana using pmconfig..
     
  8. mini-me01

    mini-me01 [H]Lite

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    I just flashed a H310 to IT firmware, use the procedure from the M1015 and the firmware from here: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/driverdetails?driverid=YJ78T (LSI 9211-8i firmware complains about branding)
     
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