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    Dell 15th gen servers with 3rd party ssd drives

    What issues are you seeing? We've mostly used SAS drives so far.
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    What kind of Adapter from 2,5" HDD to a 3,5" Caddy?

    These will work fine. Screws are standard caddy screws - they are not specific to the adapter.
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    Dell 15th gen servers with 3rd party ssd drives

    I am running AMD 15th Gen rather than Intel from Dell ( R6525, R7515) and have had no issue with 3rd party enterprise drives (Samsung, WD/HGST, and Intel.) The only thing I find are no auto firmware update through lifecycle controller, sometimes the lights are bit different on the caddy - may...
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    IBM 7.6 TB SAS SSD 528 TO 512 BYTE PROBLEM!

    Have you tried seachest with --fastFormat 1 --formatUnit 512 --confirm I-understand-this-command-will-erase-all-data-on-the-drive per https://wp.colliertech.org/cj/?p=1802
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    IBM 7.6 TB SAS SSD 528 TO 512 BYTE PROBLEM!

    To confirm, is it in IT mode? (It should be if it is a true HBA, not just a RAID card in JBOD mode) Which HBA?
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    USB to SSD and NVME

    Were both drives 512 format? What was the USB formatted as? Same file system on both destination drives? How was the NVME connected - U.2, pcie slot? My first guess - drive format and file system. Second guess - SATA overhead / DMA for NVME.
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    IBM 7.6 TB SAS SSD 528 TO 512 BYTE PROBLEM!

    Try this sudo sg_format -v --format --size=512 --six /dev/sg8 from https://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/xenial/man8/sg_format.8.html -6, --six Use 6 byte variants of MODE SENSE and MODE SELECT. The default action is to use the 10 byte variants. Some MO...
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    Dell PSU error lights?

    For future reference, the diagnostic light codes are described just above the wattage on the large label. Take a look, you should see it there :)
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    Samsung SSD PM1643 3.8TB SAS 12Gb/s MZ-ILT3T8A 2.5" @ $289.98

    If anyone needs the full instructions - the following was performed on a Dell R6525 with HBA355 (but any HBA should work) using an Ubuntu 20.04 live disk. First install smartmontools and sg3-utils: sudo apt install smartmontools sudo apt install sg3-utils Confirm you have the right drive...
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    Does Dell R730xd support GPU?

    The Dell spec sheet is correct in so far as this is not a validated thermal configuration. I can confirm that the GPU power headers are on the risers, and that there is a enough room for a double-wide and single wide card. The issue is airflow. In the validated configurations, the GPU kit has...
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    [WTS] 3.2TB Samsung PM1725b NVMe SSD

    Were are you located in Canada? Are these HP branded or Samsung branded?
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    CPU compatibility, looks like I shot myself in the foot

    Have you updated the bios - that is, do you have the newest micro-code for the CPU? I'd look to that before the onboard CPU graphics. Chances are the circuitry to even route the onboard CPU graphics to the VGA plug are not present. That is the case on many Dell servers - the actual graphics is...
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    Samsung SSD PM1643 3.8TB SAS 12Gb/s MZ-ILT3T8A 2.5" @ $289.98

    Generally in LSI / Broadcom /Avago language this is a card running IT or "initiator target" firmware. For Dell this would be an HBA330, which is different from say running a Dell H330 with IR firmware in JBOD "just a bunch of drives" mode. Luckily many cards can be cross-flashed. See here...
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    Samsung SSD PM1643 3.8TB SAS 12Gb/s MZ-ILT3T8A 2.5" @ $289.98

    Did anyone have any luck with this - specifically sg_write_buffer? The man pages are pretty well flushed out, but not exactly prescriptive. https://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/bionic/man8/sg_write_buffer.8.html