On Tue, Dec 6, 2011 at 12:57 PM, Karl Rossing <ka...@barobinson.com> wrote:

> I'm thinking of getting LSI 9212-4i4e(4 internal and 4 external ports) to
> replace a SUN Storagetek raid card.
> The StorageTek raid card seems to want to have it's drives initialized and
> volumes created on it before they are presented to zfs. I can't find a way
> of telling it just to be an HBA.
> I'd prefer to have the ability to move the sas/sata drives to another
> system and has the sas/sata controller read the drives without if there a
> problem with the card.
> Is it possible to disable the raid on an LSI 9212-4i4e and have the drives
> read by a simple sas/sata card? I'm open to other brands but I need
> internal and external ports.

If you only need 3 Gbps SAS/SATA, there's the SuperMicro AOC-SAS-L4i.  It
uses the older LSI1068 chipset, so it's limited to 2 TB harddrives:

You could always check if there's an IT-mode firmware for the 921204i4e
card available on the LSI website, and flash that onto the card.  That
"disables"/removes the RAID functionality from the card, turning it into
just an HBA.

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