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Hard drives from storage arrays

Unread postby astouffer » Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:25 am

Just wanted to post a problem I had trying to get a 146Gb SCA drive working in a Fuel. Again using those cheap 68 to 80 pin adapters require a modification for the drive to work http://forums.nekochan.net/viewtopic.php?t=16731055

This is an HP Enterprise branded drive made by Fujitsu and the firmware is listed as "HPB2" so custom in other words. It was formatted as 512 byte sectors so that wasn't the problem.

Running fx it was unable to get the drive geometry and defaulted to something wrong. A low level format failed because the drive did not recognize the command issued. I had to install the drive in a Linux box and dd /dev/zero the whole thing. Then I ran fdisk and it gave me the option to create an SGI label. Put the drive back into the Fuel and fx saw the drive without any problems and did a successful install.

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Re: Hard drives from storage arrays

Unread postby GRudolf94 » Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:36 pm

Interesting. My HP-branded drives have always worked the same independent of machine/HBA, but I never tested them on anything not x86 (although on different OS's). Which version of Irix/fx was that on?
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Re: Hard drives from storage arrays

Unread postby astouffer » Sat Dec 30, 2017 8:26 am

It was from the 6.5.29 overlays.

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Re: Hard drives from storage arrays

Unread postby GRudolf94 » Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:17 am

When I get my Indigo2 up and running, it'll probably get the 73GB HP-branded drives I have. Let's see how those behave with 6.5.22. If something doesn't work, I might see if it's feasible to flash the drives to original Fujitsu/Maxtor firmware (depending on the drive).
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Re: Hard drives from storage arrays

Unread postby Trippynet » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:28 pm

Must admit, I've never had problems with SCA drives in my Fuel, and I've used lots of OEM Dell/HP/IBM ones acquired from various decommissioned servers at work. For the Indigo2, it's a bit more hit and miss as some drives won't auto-negotiate down to the FastSCSI bus in the Indigo2. I'd guess around 60% of my drives have worked overall.
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:Fuel: - Lithium: R14000 600MHz CPU, 4GB RAM, V10 Graphics, 72GB 15k HDD & 300GB 10k HDD, 1Gb/s NIC, New/quiet fans, IRIX 6.5.30
Other system in storage: :O2: R5000 200MHz, 224MB RAM, 72GB 15k HDD, PSU fan mod, IRIX 6.5.30

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Re: Hard drives from storage arrays

Unread postby smj » Sat Dec 30, 2017 2:57 pm

At different times I've had trouble getting a SCSI drive relabeled on SGIs. I may have gotten around it by diddlng them in a second, already-running SGI machine. I doubt those were HP drives though.

FWIW I've had similar issues with SCSI, SAS, and SATA drives on different platforms at different times. IRIX and FreeBSD ZFS have perhaps been more troublesome than others, ignoring those systems that lock onto specific models/firmware.
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