get hard drive type

Trevor Marshall tmarshall at
Mon Apr 19 18:01:01 CDT 2004

Yes I was hoping to glean disk model really, just for replacement parts and the like. Looks like the answer is no. Very strange I'm sure I've pulled disc info off of RH6.2 with an ICP vortex controller. I don't like the idea of bringing the machines down to the bios to get this information so I guess I'll see what I can dig up from Dell using my serial numbers.
And at least I'm a bit handier with afacli now. thanks Jason,

-----Original Message-----
From: jason andrade [mailto:jason at]
Sent: Monday, April 19, 2004 6:46 PM
To: Trevor Marshall
Cc: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: get hard drive type

On Mon, 19 Apr 2004, Trevor Marshall wrote:

> I have recently come under control of many PowerEdge servers of varying age, mostly 2650's, all running RedHat linux. I'm trying to document the H/W specs on these and can get PERC controller info etc from OpenManage. I can't however, determine the hard drive type.. have looked everywhere in OM and /proc, and I'm sure I've been able to find this out in the past on Linux boxes with hardware RAID... but cannot.
> any suggestions greatly appreciated.

what level of information are you trying to get ?

you can't get (AFAIK) the disk info from the
openmanage interface.  you need to use the
afacli (for PERC X/Xi) or the megamon (?) for
the PERC X/{S,D,Q}C.

even then about the only information i can
get out is the drive size.

if you are after vendor id, drive serial numbers
or firmware you may have to go into the controller
bios :-/

if you are *not* using hardware raid then this
information becomes available directly to linux
but the raid controller masks all of this (which
is why you're not seeing anything in /proc)

>From a Dell box with a PERC controller:

# cat /proc/scsi/scsi
Attached devices:
Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
  Vendor: DELL     Model: PERCRAID Mirror  Rev: V1.0
  Type:   Direct-Access                    ANSI SCSI revision: 02

>From a Dell box with software raid:

# cat /proc/scsi/scsi
Attached devices:
Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
  Vendor: FUJITSU  Model: MAN3184MC        Rev: 5508
  Type:   Direct-Access                    ANSI SCSI revision: 03



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