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Originally Posted by Andy_Steb
Many of us run more than one HBA.
On your Z77 Extreme4 I believe you will need Bios 2.20 or newer.
Thanks for that. I'll do that as soon as I build it.
Originally, I planned to build the server first, but the workstation became flaky, so I did that first. I'm going to start the server later today and work on the W8 annoyances I discovered after installing it on the new WSPC.
Originally Posted by itznfb
There are a lot of storage controllers out there that can't run two in the same machine. These SAS2008 cards had that issue back when they were first released but it seems a firmware upgrade at some point resolved that. ASMedia cards and Marvell are notorious for those issues. You can also run into issue with shared PCI/e buses and not being able to run more than 1 card. But yeah you should be fine with the Dells as long as your motherboard is happy with it.
Mfusick and techmattr are both running two Dells right now I think .
I bought a cheap Asmedia card for the old WSPC, and it gave no end of issues, even with just it installed. About 2/3 of the time it would not display attached drives after recovering from sleep. I bought a USB dock instead which has been much better to get me two more drives, reliably in the short term.
Originally Posted by techmattr
From what I can tell the SAS2008 cards have been without conflict since the P2 or P3 firmware. Which is shortly after it's initial release. I did scrounge up one of those older firmwares at one point in my testing and the system would only detect 1 card.
IIRC (I'll check the bookmarked post in a mo) the firmware you suggested was P6, so it should be OK.
Originally Posted by Mfusick
I now run two of these Dell cards on my Z77 Asrock Extreme 3 (and I needed to update my Bios to make it work )
Updating the bios is pretty easy with the bios flash from Asrock. No troubles there (at least for me)
So what is the definitive solution ? My Dell cards (2 of them) seem to be working excellent in my server so I would recommend this card to anyone with a similar set up to mine. As far as flashing details, Andy knows better than me. I'd love to learn or know the proper process though- just for future knowledge.
I will update the bios and use techmattr's instructions for flashing the Dell's and both of yours for flashing the M1015. I ended up with 2 H310 and an M1015 and have been offered another M1015 pulled from a new machine for some (easy) electrical work. I don't need it, but my brother has been watching my progress with these builds and is interested in a server for his side business (house CAD design). If not it's a good spare or can be sold.
Because I buy stuff when it's on special, I've ended up with a pair of Z77 Extreme boards, a 3 and a 4. Plan was for the 4 for the server and 3 for the HTPC, but as Mfusick has had the Dell and the IBM working on the one board, I'm thinking the x8/x8/x4 architecture of the 3 might allow all 3 HBAs for potentially a 30 drive total (1 OS, 4 parity, 25 data) as I'd like this build to have 6 year lifespan and can see me needing that much in that time, based upon 3TB drives and my purchase rate of discs (I bought 20 this week).