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Dell Perc 5/i and Larger HDD - 4TB

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Hi I have a Dell 2950 with a Dell Perc 5/i

The following are the information:
Bios: 2.0.1

Raid PERC 5/i
   Tool: 1.04-019A
   Package 5.2.1.0067
   FW Ver: 1.03.40-0316
   Bios Version: 1.04-019A
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Currently I have 4 x 250MB drives. Naturally I am running out of space. I was hoping to use the available bays with 2 x 4TB SAS drivers to migrate to a larger space. my discs are ST4000NM0023 3.5" Drives

Now that I have put in this discs I get blinking Yellow LED on the two new discs abd disk fault error message in the raid controller menu for the two new discs.

What do I need to do to get the disks recognized?  I hope it's an easy firmware upgrade.
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The PERC 5 (and 6 for that matter) do NOT support drives larger than 2TB. No firmware update will fix it - it is a hardware limitation for that controller. I have heard of people putting the unsupported H700 into a 2950 with some success, because that does support +2TB drives, but that can't be guaranteed to work in a 2950.
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Great Thank you for your quick response.

Are there any other cards that is compatible to support larger disks?
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There are no "supported" cards for the 2950 that can use disks larger than 2TB. The H710 is your best bet.
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Or perhaps a third party RAID controller.
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Thank You
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I meant to say H700 as the controller. The H710 is newer and may be more prone to issues on a 2950. A third party card may work, but because the 2950's storage slot is designed for PERC controllers, you are probably less likely to run into problems with a Dell controller.
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