DELL perc H330 compatible desktop motherboard

Martin Andel
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I am looking to build a cheap storage device using a DELL perc H330 PCIE RAID adapter and a few HGST 6TB SAS disks.

I tried using a couple of older (6+ years) desktop motherboards but neither of them would allow the RAID controller as a boot device.

Can you please recommend something relatively cheap that's proven to work in this scenario? UK market preferrably, can be second hand.
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Brian BEE Topic Advisor, Independant Technology Professional

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This might be a step away from "cheap", but maybe look at a workstation class of motherboard. I've had a couple of older HPs that were designed to have RAID.
PowerEdgeTechIT Consultant
Top Expert 2010

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Well ...

Where did you get the H330? Is it the server version or the workstation version? They have slightly different firmware. There is also no guarantee that either version will work in a non-Dell system. The workstation version was designed to go in the Precision 7920 (maybe some other Precision computers), while the server version was designed to go in most/all of their 13th generation servers.

If you want a compatible motherboard, then I'd suggest shopping for a motherboard for a system it was designed for. That's not to say that an OEM controller won't work in a generic board, but you should face the possibility that it won't. Looking for something "proven to work" may be a stretch too, as there are probably very few who have attempted such a combination. Someone will need to do some trial/error to find a solution if one exists.
Martin AndelSenior IT Analyst

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This might be a step away from "cheap", but maybe look at a workstation class of motherboard. I've had a couple of older HPs that were designed to have RAID.

Do you any particular models in mind? I reckon I could try sourcing an older workstation...
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I have put H830 into 11th generation servers. How about a used 11th or 12th generation Dell server. The 11th generation are very inexpensive...almost free.
PowerEdgeTechIT Consultant
Top Expert 2010

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Workstation model that will likely work (but not 'cheap'): Precision 7920
Martin AndelSenior IT Analyst

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Where did you get the H330? Is it the server version or the workstation version?

Got it on ebay. Is there any way of telling whether it is a server or a workstation adapter?

I had some experience running the older H700 card on (non DELL) desktop boards. Made it work on a board which allowed choosing PCIE device as a boot option.
Martin AndelSenior IT Analyst

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I have put H830 into 11th generation servers. How about a used 11th or 12th generation Dell server. The 11th generation are very inexpensive...almost free.

Would you recommend a model from 11th or 12th generation that is small enough to run as a home device? I don't want anything too big or noisy. Ideally a tower. I'm thinking PowerEdge T310?
kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer

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The inexpensive to purchase devices would be R610 and R710, and that is what sold in massive volume. Those are not necessarily inexpensive or quiet to operate.

For your storage server, why do you need to boot off the RAID? What is your base OS or hypervisor? How about boot Linux or VMware off USB stick?
Martin AndelSenior IT Analyst

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The inexpensive to purchase devices would be R610 and R710, and that is what sold in massive volume. Those are not necessarily inexpensive or quiet to operate.

For your storage server, why do you need to boot off the RAID? What is your base OS or hypervisor? How about boot Linux or VMware off USB stick?

Truth be told I don't even need to boot from it. I just need a motherboard that will allow the RAID card's own bios to show during boot. I need to be able to able to create the VDs from within the card interface.

R610 and 710s are rack servers, right? I don't have one at home and I am not planning to get one.
kevinhsiehNetwork Engineer

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Yes, all Dell R-series servers are rack mount. T-series are tower form factor.

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