SAS drives appearing as 0Gb and cannot be formatted

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  1. sparesim

    sparesim New Member

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    Hi I need some help here, I bought 10 IBM system X 600Gb SAS drives and all of them appear as 0Gb on my LSI 2008 card (running IT mode). When I try to format them in the LSI bios it comes back as format failed. They seem to be spinning and get hot so mechanically they seem ok. I am at a lost as to what to do. The previous owner said they were running in a raid and I have to delete the raid information. How can I do that? The LSI card indicates they are not members of an array.
     
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    pricklypunter Well-Known Member

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    The disk manufacturer/ model numbers might help get a better answer. How are they configured? 520B, 528B or 512B sectors? Try running SG tools on them and see if you get a clue as to what you have and change it to 512B if needed :)
     
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    Thanks for your help, the problem is I cannot get the drives to be ready. Here is what happens when I run smartctl:
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    smartctl -a -T verypermissive /dev/sda
    smartctl 5.43 2012-06-30 r3573 [i686-linux-3.10.4-pmagic] (local build)
    Copyright (C) 2002-12 by Bruce Allen, smartmontools

    Vendor: IBM-ESXS
    Product: ST9600204SS
    Revision: B548
    Logical Unit id: 0x5000c50039c3f227
    Serial number: 6WN0M83H0000B135LPAX
    Device type: disk
    Transport protocol: SAS
    Local Time is: Tue Mar 27 19:04:57 2018 UTC
    device is NOT READY (e.g. spun down, busy)
    Device does not support SMART

    Error Counter logging not supported
    Device does not support Self Test logging
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    If I try to format I get

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    sg_format --format --size=512 /dev/sda
    IBM-ESXS ST9600204SS B548 peripheral_type: disk [0x0]
    << supports protection information>>
    MODE SENSE (10) command, device not ready
    try '-v' for more information
     
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    sparesim New Member

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    The card I am using is LSI 9201-8i
     
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    pricklypunter Well-Known Member

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    Seagate...why is it always freakin' Seagate...I swear that company haunts my dreams :p:D

    Perhaps the Firmware is locked to System X ?
    There is firmware for that particular disk on the Dell site somewhere bundled with a windows loader thingy, I do remember seeing it somewhere, dunno if IBM have a generic firmware or not, might be worth asking them, or at least confirming with them that the firmware is locked :)
     
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    EffrafaxOfWug Radioactive Member

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    Does an `sg_start --start /dev/sdX` change the sense info at all?
     
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