How to reformat HDD & SSD to 512B Sector Size

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dopalgangr

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Anyone else come across these drives, I'm beginning to think they cannot be changed? I've tried almost everything and keep getting errors. LSI 2108 (Dell H200 flashed to IT-mode).

Seagate ST1600FM0013 DOM 6/27/18 Sector size locked to 528
Seagate XS1600ME70014 DOM 5/30/19 Sector size locked to 528

I reinstalled Centos 8 and unlike Ubuntu I found that the drivers for the LSI HBA were not installed since the lshw showed the card as unclaimed. I then found ar video on that issue and was able to get the card driver installed as seen below. But alas in the end it still errors out. I can format it by keeping the sector size at 528k (however this 1.6TB says complete in about 50sec??) but when changing that syntax to another number I get the error below again. What do you think is wrong here?

Again, I appreciate your time,
Glen

[root@localhost glen]# lsscsi -g
[0:0:0:0] disk Generic STORAGE DEVICE 9833 /dev/sdc /dev/sg2
[1:0:0:0] disk IBM-SSG SSVJ1P6 6214 /dev/sda /dev/sg0
[1:0:1:0] disk IBM-SSG SSIJ1P6 E403 /dev/sdb /dev/sg1
[2:0:0:0] disk ATA CT250BX100SSD1 MU02 /dev/sdd /dev/sg3
[7:0:0:0] cd/dvd PLDS DVD-RW DH16ACSH JL3B /dev/sr0 /dev/sg4
[root@localhost glen]# sg_readcap /dev/sg0
Read Capacity results:
Last LBA=3030911575 (0xb4a80a57), Number of logical blocks=3030911576
Logical block length=528 bytes
Hence:
Device size: 1600321312128 bytes, 1526185.3 MiB, 1600.32 GB
[root@localhost glen]# rpm -qf /bin/sg_readcap
sg3_utils-1.44-5.el8.x86_64
[root@localhost glen]# yum list installed sg3_utils
Installed Packages
sg3_utils.x86_64 1.44-5.el8 @anaconda
[root@localhost glen]# sg_format --format --size=512 /dev/sg0
IBM-SSG SSVJ1P6 6214 peripheral_type: disk [0x0]
Unit serial number: ZAL1669W0000822150Z3
LU name: 5000c500bb35c61c
Mode Sense (block descriptor) data, prior to changes:
Number of blocks=3030911576 [0xb4a80a58]
Block size=528 [0x210]
Try MODE SELECT again with SP=0 this time
MODE SELECT command: Illegal request
try '-v' for more information
sg_format failed: Illegal request
[root@localhost glen]# sg_format --format --size=5 /dev/sg0
IBM-SSG SSVJ1P6 6214 peripheral_type: disk [0x0]
Unit serial number: ZAL1669W0000822150Z3
LU name: 5000c500bb35c61c
Mode Sense (block descriptor) data, prior to changes:
<<< longlba flag set (64 bit lba) >>>
Number of blocks=3030911576 [0xb4a80a58]
Block size=528 [0x210]
Try MODE SELECT again with SP=0 this time
MODE SELECT command: Illegal request
try '-v' for more information
sg_format failed: Illegal request
[root@localhost glen]# sg_format --format --size=528 /dev/sg0
IBM-SSG SSVJ1P6 6214 peripheral_type: disk [0x0]
Unit serial number: ZAL1669W0000822150Z3
LU name: 5000c500bb35c61c
Mode Sense (block descriptor) data, prior to changes:
Number of blocks=3030911576 [0xb4a80a58]
Block size=528 [0x210]

A FORMAT UNIT will commence in 15 seconds
ALL data on /dev/sg0 will be DESTROYED
Press control-C to abort

A FORMAT UNIT will commence in 10 seconds
ALL data on /dev/sg0 will be DESTROYED
Press control-C to abort

A FORMAT UNIT will commence in 5 seconds
ALL data on /dev/sg0 will be DESTROYED
Press control-C to abort

Format unit has started
FORMAT UNIT Complete
[root@localhost glen]# sg_format --format --size=512 /dev/sg0
IBM-SSG SSVJ1P6 6214 peripheral_type: disk [0x0]
Unit serial number: ZAL1669W0000822150Z3
LU name: 5000c500bb35c61c
Mode Sense (block descriptor) data, prior to changes:
Number of blocks=3030911576 [0xb4a80a58]
Block size=528 [0x210]
Try MODE SELECT again with SP=0 this time
MODE SELECT command: Illegal request
try '-v' for more information
sg_format failed: Illegal request
 
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Parvaz

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Hello
I need help have following setup but the HBA is not recognizing the drive

Controller:
LSI SAS9211-8I - TI mode flashed

Drive:

HPE Model# HKCF0600S5xeN015
Firmware# 3P00

HPE Model# STHB1800S5xeN010
Firmware# 3P00

Thank You
 
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Fritz

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Trying to format a NetApp 4TB SAS drive to 512 sectors and have run into this problem.

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This is as far as it will go. HD Sentinel says drive is 100% health. Any ideas?
 
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sick1655

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Hello everyone, Im trying to format my disk from size 528 to 512 but can't succeed. I have not formatted many of my disks before, but I cannot change the size of the disk you see in the picture. here i will write the methods i tried.

the problem i faced : illegal request type sense key apart from invalid opcode

ı have a HP Qlogic QLE2562 - 489191-001 - PCIe 8GB Dual Port FC HBA

Home · ahouston/setblocksize Wiki (I tried, it didn't work)

sg_format --format --size=512 /dev/sg2 ( I tried, it didn't work)

GitHub - Drive-Trust-Alliance/sedutil: DTA sedutil Self encrypting drive software (I tried, it didn't work)

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bandit8623

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Hello everyone, Im trying to format my disk from size 528 to 512 but can't succeed. I have not formatted many of my disks before, but I cannot change the size of the disk you see in the picture. here i will write the methods i tried.

the problem i faced : illegal request type sense key apart from invalid opcode

ı have a HP Qlogic QLE2562 - 489191-001 - PCIe 8GB Dual Port FC HBA

Home · ahouston/setblocksize Wiki (I tried, it didn't work)

sg_format --format --size=512 /dev/sg2 ( I tried, it didn't work)

GitHub - Drive-Trust-Alliance/sedutil: DTA sedutil Self encrypting drive software (I tried, it didn't work)

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those may be psid locked? try seatools gui or try parted magic and use the unlocker tool. otherwise try a lsi sas3 raid card you can run a secure erase from there.
 

ioan

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I have a NetApp's samsung pm1635a 1714 6.4tb sas ssd (MZILS6T4HMLS)
Can't even read it capacity (seems due to firmware):

### smartctl --all /dev/sdb
smartctl 7.1 2019-12-30 r5022 [x86_64-linux-5.4.0-90-generic] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-19, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Vendor: SAMSUNG
Product: MZILS6T4HMLS-0G5
Revision: MS01
Compliance: SPC-4
LU is resource provisioned, LBPRZ=1
Rotation Rate: Solid State Device
Form Factor: 2.5 inches
Logical Unit id: 0x5002538a0740c8f0
Serial number: S3GXNA0J401111
Device type: disk
Transport protocol: SAS (SPL-3)
Local Time is: Fri May 13 13:56:53 2022 UTC

device Test Unit Ready [medium or hardware error (serious)]
A mandatory SMART command failed: exiting. To continue, add one or more '-T permissive' options.

### sg_readcap /dev/sdb
read capacity(10):
Descriptor format, current; Sense key: Hardware Error
Additional sense: Logical unit failure
Descriptor type: Sense key specific: Actual retry count: 0
Descriptor type: Field replaceable unit code: 0x0
Descriptor type: Vendor specific [0x80]
00 24 3e 01
pass-through requested 8 bytes (data-in) but got 0 bytes
READ CAPACITY (10) failed: Medium or hardware error
sg_readcap failed: Medium or hardware error

### sg_format -v --format --size=512 /dev/sdb

SAMSUNG MZILS6T4HMLS-0G5 MS01 peripheral_type: disk [0x0]
PROTECT=1
<< supports protection information>>
Unit serial number: S3GXNA0J401111
LU name: 5002538a0740c8f0
mode sense(10) cdb: 5a 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 fc 00
mode sense(10):
Descriptor format, current; Sense key: Hardware Error
Additional sense: Logical unit failure
Descriptor type: Sense key specific: Actual retry count: 0
Descriptor type: Field replaceable unit code: 0x0
Descriptor type: Vendor specific [0x80]
00 24 3e 01
pass-through requested 252 bytes (data-in) but got 0 bytes

MODE SENSE (10) command: Medium or hardware error, type: sense key (plus blank check for tape)

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Is anything can be made for use it with LSI 9300 controller ?
 

bandit8623

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I have a NetApp's samsung pm1635a 1714 6.4tb sas ssd (MZILS6T4HMLS)
Can't even read it capacity (seems due to firmware):

### smartctl --all /dev/sdb
smartctl 7.1 2019-12-30 r5022 [x86_64-linux-5.4.0-90-generic] (local build)
Copyright (C) 2002-19, Bruce Allen, Christian Franke, www.smartmontools.org

=== START OF INFORMATION SECTION ===
Vendor: SAMSUNG
Product: MZILS6T4HMLS-0G5
Revision: MS01
Compliance: SPC-4
LU is resource provisioned, LBPRZ=1
Rotation Rate: Solid State Device
Form Factor: 2.5 inches
Logical Unit id: 0x5002538a0740c8f0
Serial number: S3GXNA0J401111
Device type: disk
Transport protocol: SAS (SPL-3)
Local Time is: Fri May 13 13:56:53 2022 UTC

device Test Unit Ready [medium or hardware error (serious)]
A mandatory SMART command failed: exiting. To continue, add one or more '-T permissive' options.

### sg_readcap /dev/sdb
read capacity(10):
Descriptor format, current; Sense key: Hardware Error
Additional sense: Logical unit failure
Descriptor type: Sense key specific: Actual retry count: 0
Descriptor type: Field replaceable unit code: 0x0
Descriptor type: Vendor specific [0x80]
00 24 3e 01
pass-through requested 8 bytes (data-in) but got 0 bytes
READ CAPACITY (10) failed: Medium or hardware error
sg_readcap failed: Medium or hardware error

### sg_format -v --format --size=512 /dev/sdb

SAMSUNG MZILS6T4HMLS-0G5 MS01 peripheral_type: disk [0x0]
PROTECT=1
<< supports protection information>>
Unit serial number: S3GXNA0J401111
LU name: 5002538a0740c8f0
mode sense(10) cdb: 5a 00 01 00 00 00 00 00 fc 00
mode sense(10):
Descriptor format, current; Sense key: Hardware Error
Additional sense: Logical unit failure
Descriptor type: Sense key specific: Actual retry count: 0
Descriptor type: Field replaceable unit code: 0x0
Descriptor type: Vendor specific [0x80]
00 24 3e 01
pass-through requested 252 bytes (data-in) but got 0 bytes

MODE SENSE (10) command: Medium or hardware error, type: sense key (plus blank check for tape)

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Is anything can be made for use it with LSI 9300 controller ?
just one drive? or multiple? seems like you possibly have bad drives. the medium or hardware error usually is not good.

could try the https://semiconductor.samsung.com/resources/user-manual/Samsung_DCToolkit_V2.1_User_Guide.pdf
samsung dc toolkit and try to format with that.
 

DouglasteR

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Just bought another 4 for my RAID and......... they are 520B , dammit. :(

My LSi 9361-16i does detect them, but as "unsupported" because of the 520B block format:

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Tried to change it with the SG_format but it only detects my Raid Controller:

D4.PNG

I also tried to sanitize the drivers, but it gives me an error whatever the option i choose:

D5.PNG

Any ideas ?

I have a spare HBA solely for the Tape drive and will try to use it to format the drives, well see. (as soon i gather the courage to open the case again :( )
 

BerryJP

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Hi all,
I found this thread and made an account just to ask you legends about this:
I've been scrolling through here and couldn't find them, but have the opportunity to buy some Netapp 3.8TB Samsung SSDs with caddies for the shelf I use. It's an absolute bargain but I'm worried I won't be able to reformat to 512 to use them for ZFS.
MZILT3T8HALS-000G3
The Netapp part number is X357-a.

Does anyone have any experience before I buy these things?

I have about 12 hours to decide.
 

DouglasteR

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It's the same 3.84TB SAS SSD that we all know.

IF they come formatted in 520B, you will need a compatible HBA and sg_format to convert them.
 

BerryJP

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It's the same 3.84TB SAS SSD that we all know.

IF they come formatted in 520B, you will need a compatible HBA and sg_format to convert them.
Thank you!

Oh brilliant. So there isn't some kind of firmware lock, then.

What would be a compatible HBA? Just a SAS one in IT mode or is there a known model that works well?
I might be getting 9 of them for about 300USD from a Netapp shelf.
 

DouglasteR

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Thank you!

Oh brilliant. So there isn't some kind of firmware lock, then.

What would be a compatible HBA? Just a SAS one in IT mode or is there a known model that works well?
I might be getting 9 of them for about 300USD from a Netapp shelf.
MAYBE there is, but it's really difficulty (it was common on very old drives AFAIK)

I sucessfully used a SAS 3008 fury to format mine.
 

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Ive got an opportunity to buy a bunch of "as-is" Dell sas drives that are advertised as "locked" with no further detail. Im wondering if they might just be formatted with a different sector size.

Drive label. Doesnt appear to be a SED or FDE drive,


Any thoughts?
 

Fritz

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Ive got an opportunity to buy a bunch of "as-is" Dell sas drives that are advertised as "locked" with no further detail. Im wondering if they might just be formatted with a different sector size.

Drive label. Doesnt appear to be a SED or FDE drive,


Any thoughts?
They could be and then again they could be permanently partitioned to a smaller size. I have a 3TB drive that has a 4TB label and a totally different model number. Story goes that sometimes the mfg will do this to a warranty replacement. say you sent in a 3TB drive and they had none in stock. They may take a 4TB drive and partition it as a 3TB and send it to you along with a note explaining this. I've been able to find references to this practice but no way to return the drive to it's true capacity. It's a SAS drive, if it was SATA, there are utilities that will restore it. I even emailed the author of a utility thast can do this and he told me he knew of no way to restore the capacity of a SAS drive. The drive works just fine and has been in a 24/7 chassis for months.

and btw, I paid a 3TB price for it.