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I was about to buy 4 x 8TB WD Red's (for my HP MicroServer Gen 8) when my friend asked me to double check if my HP Smart Array P222 Controller can actually support this...

Does anyone know the answer for me please?



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I was about to buy 4 x 8TB WD Red's (for my HP MicroServer Gen 8) when my friend asked me to double check if my HP Smart Array P222 Controller can actually support this...

Does anyone know the answer for me please?


As long as you have the latest firmware update the answer is yes :)

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Thanks for the fast reply!

One last thing, what version is the last firmware update and where can I get it from?


I'm running V6.68 on my P222 using 4 x 4TB WD Red internal, and 1 x 8TB WD Red in an external Sans Digital TR4X6G enclosure connected to the external P222 port.


As far as getting the firmware you'll need to try and find a copy of the iso for HP SPP 2016 which will update all the drivers in the system when the server is booted from it. Where you can get a copy of it I can't say, but do a google search if your HP warranty on your server has expired.

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