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Archive for the ‘RAID’ Category

Some links on SSD RAID

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/03/29

In the future, I need to add my own experience as well. For now some links:


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LSI MegaRAID 9361-4i, 9361-8i or 9380-8e: cables and BBUs

Posted by jpluimers on 2016/01/25

A few links just in case you want to get a BBU or SFF cables with SAS or SATA connectors for your LSI MegaRAID adapters 9361-4i, 9361-8i9380-4i4e or 9380-8e.

If you do hardware RAID over software RAID, use a BBWC or better: FBWC.

  • RAID adapters (HBAs):
    • LSI00406 or LSI00419: LSI MegaRAID Entry 9341-4i (1 internal connector)
    • LSI00407 orLSI00408: LSI MegaRAID Entry 9341-8i (2 internal connectors)
    • LSI00414 or LSI00415: LSI MegaRAID SAS 9361-4i (1 internal connector)
    • LSI00416 or LSI00417: LSI MegaRAID SAS 9361-8i (2 internal connectors)
    • LSI00438: LSI MegaRAID SAS 9380-8e (2 external connectors)
    • LSI00438: LSI MegaRAID SAS 9380-4i4e (1 external, 1 internal connector)
  • BBU (which is actually a flash based CacheVault. So it’s FBWC, not just a BBWC):
    • LSI00418 (LSICVM02)
  • Internal cable: SFF-8643 Mini-SAS HD to …
    • LSI00400: 0.6m straight SFF-8643 to straight SFF-8087
    • LSI00401: 0.8m straight SFF-8643 to straight SFF-8087
    • LSI00402: 1.0m straight SFF-8643 to straight SFF-8087
    • LSI00403: 0.6m straight SFF-8643 to straight SFF-8643
    • LSI00404: 0.6m straight SFF-8643 to straight SFF-8643
    • LSI00405: 0.6m straight SFF-8643 to straight SFF-8643
    • LSI00409: 0.5m straight SFF-8643 to4x straight SA​TA-SB
    • LSI00410: 0.6m straight SFF-8643 to4x straight SA​TA-SB
    • LSI00411: 1.0m straight SFF-8643 to 4x straight SA​TA-SB
    • LSI00412: 0.6m straight SFF-8643 to 4x straight SATA/SAS-8482 with power
    • LSI00413: 0.4m right-angled SFF-8643 to straight SFF-8643
  • External cable: SFF-8644 Mini-SAS HD to …
    • LSI00336: 1.0m straight SFF-8644 to straight SFF-8088
    • LSI00337: 2.0m straight SFF-8644 to straight SFF-8088
    • LSI00338: 6.0m straight SFF-8644 to straight SFF-8088
    • LSI00339: 1.0m straight SFF-8644 to straight SFF-8644
    • LSI00340: 2.0m straight SFF-8644 to straight SFF-8644
    • LSI00341: 6.0m straight SFF-8644 to straight SFF-8644


via: Which BBU should I use with my LSI RAID controller or Supermicro RAID controller based on LSI technology?  What do I include if I need to RMA my LSI BBU?

Video on the LSI00417:

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TinkerTry’s Xeon D-1540 fueled ESXi 6.0 home lab build begins LIVE! | TinkerTry IT @ Home

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/06/26

Interesting machine: TinkerTry’s Xeon D-1540 fueled ESXi 6.0 home lab build begins LIVE! | TinkerTry IT @ Home.

It does ECC and IPMI, fits mSATA, 2.5 drives, and 3.5 hot-swap bays. For more specs see Supermicro SuperServer mini-tower ordered with 64GB of memory for $1900 starts the ultimate 24×7 home virtualization lab | TinkerTry IT @ Home.

The drive trays used are these:

Besides the official ways of converting the 3.5″ tray for 2.5″ drives that only allows for 4 drives to be converted, I think there is an unofficial way that allows for more hot-swappable 2.5″ drives.

Converting the unofficial way

The case is an CSE-721TQ-250B. Looking at a picture of the dimensions of the space where the drive trays fit in (thanks Anandtech), removing the CSE-SAS-733TQ backplane and fitting these into the MCP-220-00075-0B should allow for 8 2.5″ drives to be connected:

(all found via Sata Rack Enclosure – on

Converting the official way

Modify an existing 3.5″ tray to fit a 2.5″ drive: please note the drive is mounted up side down!

Note there is another (dual!) 2.5″ tray for a different kind servers: many 2U and some 4U rack mounted SuperMicro servers and chassises optionally have this in the back for boot drives:

These are for instance used in the below chassises and SAS extenders based on them (the extenders all use SFF-8644 HD mini-SAS3 cable connectors):

Note to self: if ever getting these, ensure to get them with PWS-920P-SQ or better power supplies as these are super quiet although the chassis fans can be loud which can be resolved with a PWM controller or carefully selecting the SuperMicro parts from Supermicro | Support | System Fan Matrix as described in Supermicro noise levels | ServeTheHome and ServeThe.Biz Forums.


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Good starting point for RAID information

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/07/21

Accurate information about RAID is scattered around the internet.

This is a good starting point IBM’s Understanding RAID technology.


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