[Linux-PowerEdge] 2950, perc 5/i and 4k sector disks

Praveen_Paladugu at Dell.com Praveen_Paladugu at Dell.com
Fri Feb 8 12:52:12 CST 2013

4k Drives are not yet supported on Dell servers/controllers. You can use emulated drives, but there will be some performance impact while using these. Once the Dell starts supporting the 4K and 512E drives, you can expect the OS & Controllers to do the right thing and minimize (if not eliminate) the performance impact.

As per the drives >2TB in size, they are only supported with H700/x or H800 Controllers. Following link has more information about the same http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/w/wiki/2837.aspx

Thank you 
Praveen K Paladugu
Dell Linux Engineering

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Dan Pritts
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> Subject: [Linux-PowerEdge] 2950, perc 5/i and 4k sector disks
> Hi all -
> i've got a couple 2950s with perc 5/i cards.
> I'm considering filling them with big drives for bulk storage.
> I've seen lots of discussion of this on line and in the archives, but nothing
> really definitive (other than that >2TB drives are not supported, and probably
> won't work even if they look like they will).
> So, my two questions:
> 1) can the controller handle 4k sector disks, or will I have to track down 512b
> sector disks (or at least ones that lie and say they are)?
> 2) are there issues on this system booting from a huge array like this?
> IIRC the raid card can partition the array into logical disks, which would be
> fine; I can splice them back together with LVM as needed.
> thanks!
> danno
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