11-18-2011 06:26 PM
I have a number of SAS drives that are experiencing LED issues where they stay on and then flicker when activity.
The drives are installed in Supermicro SC213A-R900LPB chassis, of which I have 2 separate servers each similarly configured. Each server has a LSI 9260-8i controller and Intel RES2SV240 expander and 16 drives in one and 14 drives in the other.
One chassis has four 6Gb/s ST9146852SS drives with firmware 0005, and these drives LEDs are half-lit and flicker off with activity; And the rest of the drives in this same chassis are 6Gb/s ST9146803SS with firmware ms01 and these LEDs are fully lit and the flicker with activity.
The other chassis has two 6Gb/s ST9146853SS drives with firmware 0002, and these drives' LEDs are fully lit and flicker with activity; And the rest of the drives in this same chassis are 3Gb/s ST973452SS drives with firmware HT03 and these LEDs are off and flicker correctly with activity.
I have to assume there is some updated firmware that will take care of these drives but I cannot find it - Can someone please point me in the right direction.
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11-21-2011 09:29 PM
11-22-2011 05:54 PM
Thanks, and yes I saw this thread as well. I am thinking a firmware update will fix this problem since the Dell brand Savvios I have work perfectly. I am unsure if I can flash my other drives with the Dell firmware or if that will mess them up - I may have to test on a drive and see what happens.
11-22-2011 08:14 PM
11-26-2011 06:09 PM
11-29-2011 01:54 PM
Thanks for info - I have been away for a little while and I will give it a go at my first opportunity.
I will post back with results after I have something.
11-30-2011 12:26 PM
It worked! - This was way too easy; I almost feel guilty.
FZABKAR that point-out to sdparm was the ticket. I had to change your commands slightly but it worked. Here is the OS, commands and hard drives I was working on:
Copied SDPARM into c:\Temp and set it's properties so Compatibility was Windows 2000
OS - Windows 2008 64 bit
Hard Drives were Seagate ST9146803SS 10K.3 with firmware MS01
Installed hot-swap hard drives, a couple at a time, then opened a command prompt and went to C:\Temp where I had sdparm saved.
The I entered:
sdparm --wscan and I got a list of recognized drives in the system and the Seagate drives were PD2 and PD4
then I entered
sdparm --get=RLM DEVICE PD2 and I got the current value of RLM which was 0
then I entered
sdparm --set=RLM --save DEVICE PD2 and I got what appeared to be an error message as soon as the message popped-up on the screen the hard drive LED went out; So I plugged the hard drive back in to the other server where it came from and formatted it and the LEDs operate properly now.
I attached picture showing the 8 drive LEDs to the right, on the upper server - these are the drives I just fixed. The first two in the sequence are Raid 1 and so there was no LED activity right now; The next 5 in the sequence are formatting right now and thus the LED activity, and the last one is a hot spare so no LED activity there.
Thanks again and hopefully this will help others out with the same problem.
11-30-2011 12:47 PM
11-30-2011 12:59 PM
You are mor ethan welcome - I have fixed the LEDs on another drive and it is busy rebuilding. This last drive was a Seagate ST9146853SS with firmware 0002. These drives were not shown as compatible with the LSI 9260-8i but now that I did the same thing to it, the LEDs work right and the drives are humming along.
05-07-2012 01:38 PM
DOes this setting save in the drives firmware, or is it lost whenever the power to the drive is taken away?
Also OP, did you have your LSI SAS HBAs in IT mode rather than RAID mode to speak to the drives directly?