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LSI SpinDown Win 8.1/Win 10/Win 2016

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Shonk

The way spindown is enabled on current Storport Miniport Drivers for any brand adapter

on first install of the driver for said device in the addreg section there will be something along the lines of

HKR,"StorPort", "EnableIdlePowerManagement",0x00010001,0x01

This adds a registry key telling windows to spin down drives according to the users power plan
it isnt some fancy hardware feature its just a case of telling windows to sleep the drives according the users settings

LSI in their infinite wisdom dont allow you to have control of spindown

There are a two ways to fix this


Fix Type 1
Edit the inf file for the driver and add it back in
Guide here https://blog.monstermuffin.org/enable-disk-spindown-on-lsi-9211ibm-m1015/

The problem with this though is you have to run unsigned drivers and windows doesnt like that

 

Fix Type 2
Add the required registry key yourself telling windows to manage the drives

Here's an example using the Windows 10 inbox driver 2.0.79.80

on my LSI SAS 9217-4i4e


1)

find your Hardware id (see photo)

in my case
PCI\VEN_1000&DEV_0087&SUBSYS_30301000&REV_05 (yours will be different)

2)

open regedit
in my case browse to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
SYSTEM
ControlSet001
Enum
PCI
VEN_1000&DEV_0087&SUBSYS_30301000&REV_05
4&3729ec9a&0&0008
Device Parameters
StorPort

3)

right click on StorPort and export to LSI Spindown.reg on your dekstop
open with notepad and add
"EnableIdlePowerManagement"=dword:00000001

4)

save the file
and double click on it to run clicking yes

after the next reboot you will have working spindown
if you did everything properly
 

5)

save the reg file somewhere safe and remember to add it if you ever update the drivers

In my case it looks like this
 

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Enum\PCI\VEN_1000&DEV_0087&SUBSYS_30301000&REV_05\4&3729ec9a&0&0008\Device Parameters\StorPort]
"EnableIdlePowerManagement"=dword:00000001

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Drashna Jaelre

This requires disable driver signing, which isn't necessarily easy or a good idea to do.  IIRC, you nee to disable secure boot to enable this as well. 

 

Additionally, IIRC, the spin down does work properly when flashed to IR mode, and disk pass through works just fine in this mode as well. 

 

The registry hack has the issue of if there is ever a driver update, these changes will be wiped out, without any prompt or interaction. You'll never known when it happens. 

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Shonk

Thats the whole point of this thread

I dont want to run unsigned drivers

there is exactly zero posts on the internet showing how to enable spindown without hacking the inf

 

Clearly if the drivers are updated spindown wont be enabled

thats the whole point of saving the reg file

 

I very much doubt there will be an update to the inbox driver in windows 10

unless there is a huge bug

 

and tbh i would rather run with spin down enabled for xx months than have 20 drives spinning 24/7

if i was that worried i could add a batch file on every boot to ad the registry value

if they are updated at some point i will notice within a few days

 

 

This requires disable driver signing, which isn't necessarily easy or a good idea to do.  IIRC, you nee to disable secure boot to enable this as well. 

 

Additionally, IIRC, the spin down does work properly when flashed to IR mode, and disk pass through works just fine in this mode as well. 

 

The registry hack has the issue of if there is ever a driver update, these changes will be wiped out, without any prompt or interaction. You'll never known when it happens. 

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Shonk

Really? odd that they would have working spindown with an IR bios but not IT

there's no reg entry in the driver for spindown IR and IT use the same driver

 

i cant see it myself

but would love for you to be right

 

 

Additionally, IIRC, the spin down does work properly when flashed to IR mode, and disk pass through works just fine in this mode as well. 

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Shonk

As i suspected spindown isnt enabled on IR firmware

it works fine though with the registry tweak

 

 


Additionally, IIRC, the spin down does work properly when flashed to IR mode, and disk pass through works just fine in this mode as well. 

 

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ikon

I know it's almost 8 months, but I have a question on this. My new Windows 10 server seems to be rebooting itself pretty frequently. When I did some searching about it, I ran into a post that said to check the Event Viewer. I don't think I've ever heard of it. Anyway, I opened it and, in one of the sections I saw quite a lot of error entries for 3ware. I recognized that name cause it's the make of RAID card my father had in his WHS2011, and which I moved to the new Windows 10 computer.

 

Is it possible that these errors are related to this 'spindown' issue?

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Calby

I know this is a old thread but do I need drivers for the LSI 9211 8i @ windows server 2016 or does windows install it by it self?
I'll run it in IT mode.

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Shonk

just use the inbox windows 2016 drivers for the 9211

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Pete Blank

Is there any success reported in putting a raid-array on a 9271 on Windows 16 into sleep, using that registry-key? Or will it only work in combination with an older firmware, if at all?

 

I am a bit confused when parsing this thread.

 

This would be a showstopper for that card for me...

 

Thanks for clarification!

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