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LSI Logic Controller Card LSI00301 SAS 9207-8i 8Port Internal SAS/SATA 6Gb/s PCI Express Single Retail
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There are lots of instructions out there that outline downloading Rufus and using it to generate a FreeDOS boot disk and using the dos sas2flsh.exe utility. The disk did boot fine but the utility threw an error "Failed to initialize PAL". If you get this it seems your only recourse is to use an EFI Shell boot and use the sas2flash.efi utility instead.
That wasn't that easy either, as there are lots of conflicting instructions on downloading shell_full.efi 1.0 file. Half the links are dead. Then various pages step through renaming it to /boot/efi/Shellx64.efi, /efi/boot/ShellX64.efi, /efi/ShellX64.efi, etc. None of these worked for me and I could not boot.
I eventually happened across a McAfee support doc with a copy of shell.efi that they instructed to move to /efi/boot/BOOTX64.efi and that did boot. But I soon learned this was a copy of EFI shell 2.0. The sas2flash.efi utility spits out an error, "InitShellApp: Application not started from Shell" with EFI shell 2.0.
In the end though all it took was copying /efi/boot/ShellX64.efi to /efi/boot/BOOTX64.efi and my system saw it and I was able to follow the remainder of instructions to flash it, the long boot delay was fixed, and life is good.
So why 5 stars with all that frustration? It actually works with Linux unlike the Marvell 9485 and 9215 I tried that claim Linux compatibility. The numerous forum threads, bugs, and issued files don't seem to agree with that.
Initially, my FreeNAS server had 6 x 4TB WD Red NAS drives in a ZFS2 (RAID with 2 parity drives, for 16TB net storage). Unfortunately, I was running out of space and needed to add another two 4TB drives.
The motherboard I am using has 8 SATA connectors, so with 1 SSD boot drive and 6x4TB drives, that is 7 total. Needless to say, adding two more drives wasn't possible.
Note: If you are familiar with FreeNAS, you know you can boot off a flash drive, but the speed isn't that great and I don't like the reliability of flashdrives for this purpose, so I chose a cheap SSD as a boot drive. MUCH faster on boot! No speed difference in operation. SSDs tend to be more reliable. You can do the cost/benefit analysis for your own needs/risk acceptance.
I purchased this card because it was on the FreeNAS compatible list. I backed up my NAS to various external drives I have (FreeNAS didn't/doesn't have the ability to add drives to an existing ZFS RAID array, YET), installed the card, attached all 8 drives to the card, and, voila(!), FreeNAS saw the drives! I created the new ZFS2 array with all 8 drives, copied all ~15TB of data back to the NAS and everything has been working fine ever since.
If you have a FreeNAS server, I can say, from my experience, that this card will work well. I cannot say how FAST it is compared to other cards, but it works well for my needs (it can handle a full gigabit network connection at full speed (105-112MB/sec with large file transfers and with ethernet's overhead)). If you have one of the newer 2.5, 5, or even 10Gb networks, then you might be able to saturate it. I can't with my 1Gb network.
It has been 100% reliable to date (about 1 year so far). Recommended!
The card arrived brand new but did not come pre-flashed in IT mode, as expected. Flashing to IT mode was a breeze after entering an EFI shell.
FreeNAS recognized it immediately without any issues, and I will certainly buy another if I ever need one. I highly recommend this card.
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Shipment arrived quickly, and very well packaged. Communication with seller was fast and excellent after I messed up my first order. And the correct package arrived.