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Changing SATA Bios option to AHCI from B120i?

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jimbojimbo

Hi,

 

I wish to enable the onboard SATA OOD port so I can use it to connect an SSD drive and install the Windows OS to it. 

 

I currently have 4 disks configured, each are individually configured as RAID 0 drives and have them setup in a Drive Bender Pool.  They are confugred with the HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller.  The Bios is currently set to "Enable Dynamic HP Smart Array B120i RAID Support", (refer to attachment screenshot) if I change this option to "Enable AHCI Support" - will this mean I will lose all data and configuration to the 4 drives? Or will the configuration migrate to the AHCI and retain the data and configuration?

 

I would backup the pool however there is just way too much data and I can;t back it up to anything with enough capacity to save it all.

 

Kind Regards

Jim

 

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Joe_Miner

Hi JimBojimbo:

 

1.  Do NOT do anything until you have executed a plan/hardware to back up your data

 

2. You will lose your data if you switch your BIOS from "Enable Dynamic HP Smart Array B120i RAID Support" to "Enable AHCI Support"

 

3. Instead, have you considered attaching your SSD Drive to the ODD SATA II port and set it up as a RAID0 during Startup in the ACU?  Check out CSKenney's Gen8 Links page for a number of setup's like that YMMV.  Not knowing your exact setup I would just note my personal preference to install my OS without any data drives in the machine whenever possible -- again YMMV.

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ikon

^^ What he said, PLUS, if you don't have enough drive capacity to back up all your data, I would urge you to make getting enough space a priority. I know people feel they would rather put the money toward other 'goodies', but consider how you would feel, and what it would mean, if you lose all your data - that should be your guiding factor.

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jimbojimbo

So it sounds to me I need to buy a pcie raid card and a sas to sata cable and do it that way in order to use the B120i and and SSD as boot drive and forget about using the ODD SATA port.

 

some talk about P222, can this run together with the B120i? Sounds like it should... Or should I buy non-HP pcie card, if so a non-pcie, which would you suggest under $100 that is known to work with the Gen8 together with B120i?

 

PS: Also bringing back to life my ex495 as backup storage for the gen8..

 

thanks in advance

Jim

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Joe_Miner

No, you don’t need to buy another RAID card if you are willing to use the B120i.  The ODD SATA port is part of the B120i.

 

Note in this link that T1tan7 used the ODD bay/SATA connection for his 5th drive that was his OS drive and he set it up in the B120i as a single drive RAID0 while setting up 4 drives in the main bay in the B120i as a RAID 1+0.  Others have done it this way (but I have not -- full disclosure).

 

 

Check T1tan7's Message #9 in the Thread “Has Anyone Loaded Run WHS-2011 on a Gen8“    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5980-has-anyone-loaded-run-whs-2011-on-a-gen8/?p=67490   

 

There's links to discussions of various RAID cards that we know of having been used in the Gen8 on CSKenney's Thread "ProLIant Gen8 MicroServer Links"  http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/

 

There should be at least 2 Gen8's on display at the next meetup if you live in the MidWest http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7748-meetup-2014-registration-and-info/ 

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ikon

Nice info JM.

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jimbojimbo

No, you don’t need to buy another RAID card if you are willing to use the B120i.  The ODD SATA port is part of the B120i.

 

Note in this link that T1tan7 used the ODD bay/SATA connection for his 5th drive that was his OS drive and he set it up in the B120i as a single drive RAID0 while setting up 4 drives in the main bay in the B120i as a RAID 1+0.  Others have done it this way (but I have not -- full disclosure).

 

 

Check T1tan7's Message #9 in the Thread “Has Anyone Loaded Run WHS-2011 on a Gen8“    http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5980-has-anyone-loaded-run-whs-2011-on-a-gen8/?p=67490   

 

There's links to discussions of various RAID cards that we know of having been used in the Gen8 on CSKenney's Thread "ProLIant Gen8 MicroServer Links"  http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5639-proliant-microserver-gen8-links/

 

There should be at least 2 Gen8's on display at the next meetup if you live in the MidWest http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/7748-meetup-2014-registration-and-info/ 

 

 

 

Obviously missing something here - I have the drive connected to the ODD Port, I have 4x2tb drives in the bay all configured as raid 0 - reboot and enter into the ACU.  The drive is NOT detected...  Refer to the attachments..

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schoondoggy

Take the SSD out of the adapter and connect it directly to power and data.

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jimbojimbo

I tried that as well, still no go.

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schoondoggy

Have you tried the drive in a different system to be sure it works?

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