I'm trying to determine drive and array size limits [if there are any] for some 8506-12 [and 8500/8506 series in general] 3Ware RAID cards.
Information on the 3Ware site is like Swiss Cheese. - It's full of holes.
Compatibility list for 7000/8000/9500S Series shows 400GB as the largest tested drive size.
There is this statement for 8500 series:
"Supports up to 4, 8 or 12 Serial or Parallel 1 ATA drives on a single PCI card, enabling up to 2 terabytes of storage on a half-length card."
- Now: 'Up to 2 TB' on a 12 Port card would only be 12x 160GB drives.
- But: 'Up to 2 TB' on a 4 Port card would be 4x 500GB drives.
There really isn't any information specific to 8506-x cards.
All the links go to one of these other cards.
Is this a case of inadequate and/or WAY out of date information or is there a maximum size limitation for these controllers?
For instance can the Firmware on the cards only address a set amount of drive space for the whole card?
What is the maximum size drive that can be used with:
I have asked the same question of 3Ware directly but no response yet.
I also asked the tech support person to kick the webmaster in the chin for me on their way out today.
I don't want a bunch of speculation and guesses. - I can do that myself.
Direct experience or links to specific examples where large [500GB and up] drives have been used with these cards would be helpful to figure this out.