In response to "Tamouh H." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

> 
> FYI for anyone experiencing issues with Dell RAID.

We saw the behaviour described by Dell, applied the firmware updates,
and now everything works fine.

> > 
> > It come to my attention that Dell 2950 have issues with RAID 
> > controllers while used with some hard drives under Linux. 
> > Basically RAID configured hard drives are failing at rapid speed. 
> > 
> > Details:
> > ----------
> > > M8033 HD,146G,SAS,3,10K,3.5,MXT,GEN
> > > * Firmware Version BP05 * Fixes and Enhancements 
> > > ====================== This addresses Maxtor SAS HDD 
> > firmware issues, 
> > > where under certain circumstances a hard disk drive may go offline, 
> > > hard disk drives (HDD), may report offline due to a timeout 
> > condition. 
> > > If the HDD is unable to complete commands, this may result in the 
> > > controller reporting the HDD off line. This firmware update has 
> > > improved SMART Reporting, where drives can report SMART 
> > trips due to 
> > > aggressive SMART Error Rate Measurement counters during 
> > read verifies
> > -------------------
> > 
> > 
> > Dell has advised to upgrade the RAID controller firmware.
> > 
> 
> Tamouh
> 
> 
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