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ESXi 5.1 and HP Smart Array6400 issue

I recently picked up a HP DL360 G5 and a HP drive array. The controller is a Smart Array 6400.

I originally installed ESXi5.1 on my server w/o the storage array attached. Installed 5.1 on the single local logical drive of 68gb. Works great! Built two test vms and all is well.
I then installed the Smart Array 6400 controller and all went well with the server. I have two 2TB raid 5 configurations on the attached storage (12x500gb sata).

When i load into vSphere and look at the datastores I only see the original local datastore of 68 gigs. I do not see the storage array in the datastore view, However, I do see the storage and the two partitions when looking in 'vShere - Configuration - Storage Adapters'.
They are mounted.

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I have refreshed and rescanned etc. Does anyone know how to make this storage available for me to use?
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Wow, that is really a fantastic reply time!

Thank you very much. In the process of adding and formatting each of the partitions now.

I saw some posts about this controller not being compat with 5.1 without some sort of weird workaround, but since I saw it listed I did not think I needed to downgrade to 5.0

Thanks again, especially for saving me a bunch of wasted time.