jimmer

Highpoint RR Web Raid Management

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I just got around to setting up my Raid on my RR 2720. I updated the Bios to ver 1.3 on the card and installed the latestet drivers and WEBGui ver 2.1.11.089. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong. I have WD20EARX drives for my raid. There is no option to set the sector size to 4k in making my array. It defaults to 512B. I also see no smart features ie No SHI (Storage Health Inspector). Were these features deleted in the new version? Thank you jim

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Well, if you're doing something wrong, that would be two of us :)

I just built a RAID5 array with 2720 and the same drives (WD20EARX) and, no, no sign of smart information or ability to change sector size.

I have yet to put any data onto the array while I trace this down.

 

I believe you mean BIOS v1.2 ?? I see no v1.3 on the HighPoint site...

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Thanks for the quick response. HighPoint site is down for maint until the 27th but some links still work there is bios ver 1.3 for their raid driver. Go here http://www.highpoint...ries_rr272x.htm .Then click on Storage Configurations then scroll to the bottom of the page. jim

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Hmm - interesting - yeah, I can see reference to the v1.3 firmware but the link is broken.

It was definitely v1.2 just a couple days ago and that's what I am running - will have to wait for the links to come back...

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Just passing along a tidbit on the sector size.

The drive are obviously advanced format but emulating a 512B sector size for compatability reasons.

 

Not sure if this means the drive is simply lying to the application and we're good to go (regardless of what the GUI says) or we need to do something (i.e., advance format them as referenced in the article) to "unlock" 4K visibility...

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I thought the same thing. But pcdoc states nothing special needs to be done to these drives. It looks like he is using a different ver web raid management though.

 

 

 

No Jumpers. The reference article which is one I wrote awhile ago and was intended for using EARS with Sever 2003 (WHS V1) which was a legacy system. The EARS drives should be used out of the box with no alignment or jumpers on RAID controllers, Windows 7, or Server 2008, or WHS 2011. Just load them on the 2680, load the software, and you are good to go. Reference the RAID setup articles on YouTube that I posted to help you with the process.

 

Part 1: http://www.youtube.c.../10/K1SWFsZNhRo

Part 2 : http://www.youtube.c...u/9/gbyksC5Tt_Q

RAID Expansion: http://www.youtube.c...u/8/wdGNTIqlV0Y

Deleting and Expanding: http://www.youtube.c...u/7/94FdrrcJsSY

 

Other Videos:

http://www.youtube.c...Byobpodcast#p/u

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Hmm - learn something new every day - 512e - seems like this is what the WD20EARX drives do.

From the writeup it seems there is little impact on performance for this approach.

 

I am 95% certain that using these drives "just work" and HighPoint software behaviour (i.e., fixed at 512, no control) and display are just the subtle nuances of this 512e.

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Yeah, I guess I'll just be happy it works. Still not sure why they took away SHI.jim

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I thought the same thing. But pcdoc states nothing special needs to be done to these drives. It looks like he is using a different ver web raid management though.

 

Note that he is using WD20EARS drives which is 4K native and, from that I can tell, you had the ability to make a selection between 512B/4K.

From some snippets in this article, the WD20EARX drives are presenting themselves as 512B and upper-layer software/application don't know any better - all they see is 512B even though 4K is physically happening.

 

WD20EARS were no a real option (discontinued) and these WD20EARX drives are their replacement/SATA 6b offering so "it is what it is" :)

 

Again, I think things are just fine on this front - the smart monitoring is another issue that seems fixable on the surface - perhaps a driver issue - still looking into it.

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