Perc 6/i creating new virtual drive causes all drives to fail.
Posted on 2013-11-05
I'm trying to configure a new Raid 10 array on a Dell Precision T7500. Because the computer only has a Dell SAS 6/ir integrated controller, I added a Perc 6/i modular adapter to an open PCI express slot.
I purchased 4 Hitachi Ultrastar 15k600 drives (HUS156060VLS600) that I attached to the Perc 6/i. I entered the Bios configuration utility (CTRL-R) PD MGMT page and I see the 4 physical drives in a "ready state". On the VD Mgmt page I try to create a Raid-10. When I attempt to initialize the new RAID, the Raid status moves to "offline" and the state of all four drives changes to "Failed".
I installed all of the latest firmware I could find to the bios, perc controller, and hard drives. I did notice that the Perc 6/i only support 3gb/s while my drives are 6gb/s. I'm not sure if that might be what the problem is.
I tried plugging these drives into my SAS 6 controller and their status lists as "WRG TYPE" and I can't do a thing with them. I tried a different PERC 6/i card with the same result.
Can anybody help me diagnose whether I'm facing any known compatibility issue? Hardware issue? Any troubleshooting steps or something else I should check?