What SAS HBA will recognize and access a Dell 086DD 1.92 SAS SSD?

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I have a batch of refurbished Dell 086DD 1.92 SAS SSDs that I would like to test for TBW / remaining health before installing in a production environment.  I posted another question and learned that I can use an SAS Host Bus Adapter card to allow Crystal Disk Info to read the usage information from SAS drives.  However, the problem that I am now having is getting a card that will work with these specific 086DD drives.

I have used the following cards.  All of them will recognize and access a Kingston 240GB SATA SSD and a Dell Toshiba 0GWFRY 300GB SAS HD.  
--Supermicro SAAS2LP-MV8 HBA - 1.92TB not recognized
--PERC H700 - 1.92 not recognized
--PERC H710 - 1.92 not recognized
--PERC 6i - 1.92 IS recognized!!
EDIT --H310 - 1.92 not recognized (one of my guys got the IT firmware flashed)
EDIT - PERC 5i - 1.92 IS recognized

Of the four cards I've tried, the oldest card is the only one that will recognize the 1.92TB SSD.  Since it's not an HBA, though, I can't use Crystal Disk Info with it to access the drive status.  

I also have an H310 that I am trying to get flashed into HBA mode with the IT firmware, but it's giving me some grief with a "failed to initialize PAL" error.  However, I am not optimistic about the H310 working as I assume it's the same generation as the H710.  

So, what SAS HBA do I need to buy that recognize and access a Dell 086DD 1.92 SAS SSD?
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086DD is for a LSI Engeino based PowerVault, not for Poweredge server.
https://www.serversupply.com/SSD/SAS-12GBPS/1.92TB/DELL/086DD.htm

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Andyalder, these drives are going in a Powervault MD3820i, and it does detect the drives just fine.  There's just no apparent way to view health / TBW, which is why I was trying to use an SAS HBA to get that information.  

So do you mean that the 086DD simply won't be recognized with a PERC controller?  (Except for the 5i and 6i, which do appear to recognize the 086DD.)
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If you have a 5i then connect them to that and use the trial version of HDSentinel or smartmontools to get the SSD life left.
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Andyalder, HD Sentinel gives the same response as Crystal Disk Info--it does not access any drives connected to the SAS RAID controller.  AFAIK, there's no way to convert the 5i to an HBA.  Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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PERC is in the list of controllers they support, maybe they have to be configured as an array temporarily before HD sentinel will report on the drives in that array.

From their list of supported RAID controllers. (Actually LSI do most of the work since it's their custom commands that HDSentinel and smartctl use to get the SMART info from behind the controller.


DELL PERC 5/i      [Yes]      Provides details about all SATA and SAS hard disks (standalone and configured as RAID arrays

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Holy frijoles, I've got it.  

So, 086DD, connected to a PERC 5i, with the drive configured as a RAID0, will show up in HD Sentinel and provide health in percentage, TBW, and a whole bunch of other super-granular information.  The first drive I've tested shows its health as 100% and TBW as 2.9TB.  (Is TBW short for terabytes written, or total bytes written?  I thought it was the former, but maybe I am wrong.)

Thanks for your help!

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As indicated in my last post, Andyalder's suggestion solved my issue.  Thanks!
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I thought it was Total Bytes Written but Samsung's web says it is Terabytes Written, guess HD Sentinel are calling it total since they have reported it as 2.9TB rather than just 2.9

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