HBA for SE3016 enclosure

talsit

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I recently picked up a SE3016 JBOD enclosure to repurpose 15 old hard drives I had laying around. I moved them to my garage and attached them to an HP DL120G7 with a Smart Array P212. The P212 had 1 internal and one external connection.

Right now I have the P212 managing the enclosure as 3 arrays just for fun. At one time I had looked into cross-flashing the P212 but gave up and got several M1015s.

Now I want to move this enclosure (after sound mods) into the house. Inside I have a server with a Supermicro X8DTI-F motherboard, a M1015 and an Intel expander.

What I want to do is replace the M1015 with a comparable HBA with external connectors so I can move the 8 HDDs from inside to outside the case and expand the Storage Spaces array on that server with more disks.

Is the LSI SAS9200-8E a good choice for this?

I had also read someone had success with a Dell card, they didn't specify the name, but I think it was the H800 flashed with 9211-8i IT firmware.

I don't want to go the 8087 > 8088 route, kids, pets, etc will put wear on anything passing through the case, I've had luck with them not messing with actual cables connected to cards though....
 

talsit

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Thanks for that. I had thought of it but hadn't found one.

I'm also thinking about expansion and adding a second enclosure in the near future. I have 15 disks in the enclosure now, I don't need the space today but when I take the 8 drives out of my server I will have seven disks taking up drawer space again.
 

smithse79

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I have a Dell Perc H200E. 2 external SAS ports and it is the same controller as the M1015. It can easily be flashed to IT mode or even to LSI firmware.
 

bds1904

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I've never been a fan of the sff8087>sff8088 brackets. One more thing to go wrong.

I've used the sas9200-8e with great success on many builds. Cheap, fast and easy.
 

rubylaser

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I found a used LSI 9205-8e a little while ago for $49. I flashed it to the P19 firmware, and it's been working great ever since.
 

talsit

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Great! Thanks for the responses. I'll be on the lookout for some of these gems.
 

talsit

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I actually went ahead and pulled the trigger on a LSI 9201-16e. It's based on the SAS 2008 chipset and doesn't appear to have an IR mode.

If I understand the SE3016 correctly, I can attach two SFF-8088's from the enclosure to the server to increase bandwidth if needed. If not I have spare ports for $35 cheaper than I was finding on the 9201 and 9205-8e's.
 

manxam

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The SE3016 (at least the 3 that I have) does not support MPIO, only pass-through. One cannot connect a second SFF-8088 cable and expect additional bandwidth, though one can 'daisy chain' another SE3016 using the second port.
 
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