Matching HGST HE8 drives to LSI HBA cards


I picked up 4 HGST Ultrastar He8 drives recently (HUH728080ALE604) and was going to put them on a LSI 9268-8i card.  Another EE expert indicated that might not be the best move.

I've looked at the current lineup of the LSI model line and don't need the 12MB/s capability.  Which of their 6MB/s RAID HBA adapter cards could handle these drives?  Looking for internal drive configuration that would support RAID 6.


Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAsked:
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Davis McCarnOwnerCommented:
According to this, those drives are SATA with the secure erase feature:
But, that LSI card is SAS so they won't work.
Several of these are both SATA and SAS:
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
There's no problem with SATA drives according to the LSI/Avago/Broadcom 9268-8i site.

Since the drives are SATA just make sure that the breakout cables being used have SATA connectors on them.

Good to go.

If using parity RAID 5/6 make sure to pick up the optional battery or flash cache backup module to enable the write-back cache capability in the controller. The performance difference is huge.
Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
I currently have 3 of the 4 drives attached to the 9268-8i card and they appear to be functional.  But I didn't want to make assumptions with my clients' data(!).  

The card is several(5?) years old though and wanted to migrate to a more current one. Was looking at a 9271-8i or something similar.  Is there a compelling reason yet to consider the 12Gb/s cards?  In that product line the 9440-8I seems like it might work; it has 2 ports that would support up to 8 SAS/SATA drives.  Not sure how that will work with NVMe drives if I ever went that route.

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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
the connection between the controller and the drives negotiate the connections and use the fastest connection that both support. The speed of the connections will be limited by the slowest drive in the array.
Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Current SATA Gen III bandwidth is 6Gbps. There is no benefit to utilizing a 12Gbps RAID controller.

Again, the 9268-8i is fine for SATA drives as per the linked product web site in my previous comment.

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Ben ConnerCTO, SAS developerAuthor Commented:
Thanks to all who participated and offered your insight.  I don't dabble in this stuff often enough to build expertise, so it is great to have folks who can share.

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