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HP Proliant ML350 G6 HBA card Recommendations - Unraid

Hey everyone, 

I have picked up for nothing a used HP proliant ML350 G6 with a raid controller in it. There is though, a multi drive bay with 2 sas connectors that originally went to the raid card that I would like to repurpose for general storage.  I have tried connected the bay directly to the mobo, but the drives do not come up.  I have asked around and found that I have to have an HBA or raid card.  I really don't want to use hardware raid but do not find any hba card on the option parts list.  What options do I have to use the bay? 

 

I hope this makes sense, still new to server hardware.

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3 hours ago, bodyguard said:

Hey everyone, 

I have picked up for nothing a used HP proliant ML350 G6 with a raid controller in it. There is though, a multi drive bay with 2 sas connectors that originally went to the raid card that I would like to repurpose for general storage.  I have tried connected the bay directly to the mobo, but the drives do not come up.  I have asked around and found that I have to have an HBA or raid card.  I really don't want to use hardware raid but do not find any hba card on the option parts list.  What options do I have to use the bay? 

 

I hope this makes sense, still new to server hardware.

What RAID card is in it already? You need a LSI card that is or can be flashed to IT mode which will make it act as just an HBA.

 

But, depending what you have, you may be able to flash it and save yourself a few bucks. If you do need to buy one though.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/194715814257?hash=item2d55f78971:g:mdAAAOSw0Nhh2K1J

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Headphones/amp/dac: Schiit Lyr 3 - - Fostex TR-X00 - - Sennheiser HD 6xx

 

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12 hours ago, LIGISTX said:

What RAID card is in it already? You need a LSI card that is or can be flashed to IT mode which will make it act as just an HBA.

 

But, depending what you have, you may be able to flash it and save yourself a few bucks. If you do need to buy one though.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/194715814257?hash=item2d55f78971:g:mdAAAOSw0Nhh2K1J

I believe I have the P411 but I will have to double check when I get home.

 

Know of any documentation on flashing the card, or if it can be?  New territory for me.

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49 minutes ago, bodyguard said:

I believe I have the P411 but I will have to double check when I get home.

 

Know of any documentation on flashing the card, or if it can be?  New territory for me.

I quickly found this, but you may want to google yourself a bunch…

 

https://community.hpe.com/t5/ProLiant-Servers-ML-DL-SL/How-to-switch-to-HBA-mode-for-HP-Smart-array-P410i-controller/td-p/6994149

 

Or, just pick up a LSI based card that can be flashed, or is already flashed. 

Rig: i7 10700k @ 5.1Ghz, 4.8 Ring - - Z490 Vision G - - EVGA RTX 2080 XC Ultra @ 2025Mhz - - 4x8GB Vengeance Pro 3000Mhz 15-17-17-34 @ 3500MHz 16-19-19-38 - - Samsung 950 Pro 512 NVMe Boot + Main Programs - - Samsung 830 Pro 256 RAID 0 Lightroom + Photo work - - WD Blue 1 TB SSD for Games - - Corsair RM850x - - Sound BlasterX EA-5 - - EK Supremacy Evo - - XT45 X-Flow 420 + UT60 280 rads - - EK Full Cover GPU Block - - EK XRES RGB PWM - - Fractal Define S2 - - Acer Predator X34 -- Logitech G502 - - Logitech G710+ - - Logitech Z5500 - - LTT Deskpad

 

Headphones/amp/dac: Schiit Lyr 3 - - Fostex TR-X00 - - Sennheiser HD 6xx

 

Homelab/ Media Server: Proxmox VE host - - 512 NVMe Samsung 980 for VM's/Proxmox boot - - Xeon e5 2660 V4- - Supermicro X10SRF-i - - 64 GB ECC 2133 - - 10x4 TB WD Red RAID Z2 - - 10TB WD Red for expendable data - - Corsair 750D - - Corsair RM650i - - Dell H310 6Gbps SAS HBA - - Intel RES2SC240 SAS Expander - - TreuNAS + many other VM’s

 

iPhone Xs - 2018 MacBook Air

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6 hours ago, LIGISTX said:

I quickly found this, but you may want to google yourself a bunch…

 

https://community.hpe.com/t5/ProLiant-Servers-ML-DL-SL/How-to-switch-to-HBA-mode-for-HP-Smart-array-P410i-controller/td-p/6994149

 

Or, just pick up a LSI based card that can be flashed, or is already flashed. 

Will any lsi flashed card work.  Should I be worried about compatibity?

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13 hours ago, bodyguard said:

Will any lsi flashed card work.  Should I be worried about compatibity?

I think the 9211-8i is the most common, and that is what I and a few friends have (Dell h310’s). 

Rig: i7 10700k @ 5.1Ghz, 4.8 Ring - - Z490 Vision G - - EVGA RTX 2080 XC Ultra @ 2025Mhz - - 4x8GB Vengeance Pro 3000Mhz 15-17-17-34 @ 3500MHz 16-19-19-38 - - Samsung 950 Pro 512 NVMe Boot + Main Programs - - Samsung 830 Pro 256 RAID 0 Lightroom + Photo work - - WD Blue 1 TB SSD for Games - - Corsair RM850x - - Sound BlasterX EA-5 - - EK Supremacy Evo - - XT45 X-Flow 420 + UT60 280 rads - - EK Full Cover GPU Block - - EK XRES RGB PWM - - Fractal Define S2 - - Acer Predator X34 -- Logitech G502 - - Logitech G710+ - - Logitech Z5500 - - LTT Deskpad

 

Headphones/amp/dac: Schiit Lyr 3 - - Fostex TR-X00 - - Sennheiser HD 6xx

 

Homelab/ Media Server: Proxmox VE host - - 512 NVMe Samsung 980 for VM's/Proxmox boot - - Xeon e5 2660 V4- - Supermicro X10SRF-i - - 64 GB ECC 2133 - - 10x4 TB WD Red RAID Z2 - - 10TB WD Red for expendable data - - Corsair 750D - - Corsair RM650i - - Dell H310 6Gbps SAS HBA - - Intel RES2SC240 SAS Expander - - TreuNAS + many other VM’s

 

iPhone Xs - 2018 MacBook Air

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Just an update.  I bought the card and installed it last night.  Seems to be working like a charm so far.  Tha k a lot for the help.

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