I should clarify my statement a bit. FreeBSD notices the channel starting up when the disk is inserted, but it doesn't recognize that there is a disk there. I usually see something like:

da2 at hptrr0 bus 0 target 2 lun 0
da2: <HPT DISK 0_2 4.00> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device

once I insert a disk, but I see nothing but the channel start up when I insert this new disk. I've had a 500GB drive in this channel previously and it was identified correctly, so I know the channel on the card is ok.

I've also updated to the latest firmware on the card and as expected, no change. So I guess the question is, why isn't FreeNSD recognizing the disk?

Rob

Rob wrote:
I've a 10 disk server that I am using as a file server. I split the disks up unto 3 partitions, with a being part of a gmirror for /, b being part of a gmirror for swap, and d being part of the zfs pool. I've got 6 SATA headers on my MB, and 4 from a HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 controller which I'm just using as an SATA controller (no RAID functionality).

I recently added an Hitachi 1TB drive to the RocketRAID controller, but I'm not seeing FreeBSD assign it a device node. FreeBSD recognizes the drive insertion, but doesn't give it a device node. All the drives are SATA hot-swap, so I connected the drive to a header off the MB and FreeBSD happily gave it a device node. Additionally, I already have a few of these drives in the array, but they're all connected to headers on the MB. This is the first attempt at adding one to the RocketRAID controller. The controller currently has 3 other disks in it that are 500GB, and FreeBSD has had no problems with them. The RocketRAID controller's BIOS recognizes the disk as well, so it doesn't seem the card is incapable of handling disks that large. I've even tried rebooting the system after the drive has been connected, but no luck.

Here's the respective info from the boot sequence as it pertains to the RocketRAID and the drives attached to it:

hptrr: start channel [0,0]
hptrr: start channel [0,1]
hptrr: start channel [0,2]
hptrr: start channel [0,3]
hptrr: [0 0] Start channel soft reset.
hptrr: [0 1] Start channel soft reset.
hptrr: [0 2] Start channel soft reset.
hptrr: [0 3] Start channel soft reset.
hptrr: channel [0,0] started successfully
hptrr: channel [0,1] started successfully
hptrr: channel [0,2] started successfully
hptrr: channel [0,3] started successfully
hptrr0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
hptrr0: [ITHREAD]
...
da0 at hptrr0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
da0: <HPT DISK 0_0 4.00> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device
da1 at hptrr0 bus 0 target 1 lun 0
da1: <HPT DISK 0_1 4.00> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device
da2 at hptrr0 bus 0 target 2 lun 0
da2: <HPT DISK 0_2 4.00> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-0 device
...

The only difference I've found is that in the RocketRAID BIOS, the 3 500GB drives are recognized with a Legacy Status, whereas the 1TB is recognized as New Status. Not sure what that means or how to change it. The sizes are reported correctly in the RocketRAID BIOS. I believe there is a BIOS update available for the card, but I wouldn't think it would be necessary since the card's BIOS seems to recognize the card just fine.

Any suggestions/help?

Rob
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