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Date:      Sat, 02 Jul 2011 21:12:58 +0100
From:      Vincent Hoffman <>
Subject:   Re: Dell PowerEdge 1950 with LSI SAS1068E/aka DeLL SAS-6 HBA: howto update firmware with FreeBSD?
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On 29/06/2011 14:23, O. Hartmann wrote:
> We run a Dell PowerEdge 1950 Server which is equipted with a LSI Logic
> LSISAS1068E SAS HBA, branded as a Dell SAS-6 HBA (MPT). The firmware
> is dated to 2007 and is not capable of handling hard disks larger than
> 2 TB.
> We got now a 3 TB SATA harddrive (WD WD30EZRX) which doesn't get
> recognized properly and is traeted as a 2TB disk.
> I found at Dell's website a proper firmware for this type of SAS
> controller, but I wasn't able to flash a new firmware (firmware found
> at
> This fails. The windows alternative is not applicable, how should it
> ... A FreeDOS solution - like LSI Logic offers - is obviously not in
> sight at Dell, the offer a RedHat only solution. I tried with a
> FedoraLive CD (Fedora15, 64Bit), but the process fails either with a
> non-found or, when using a emergency-Linux CD like
> Knoppix 6.4.4 (famous in Germany), it's missing some utilities (rpm,
> stty or whatsoever).
No idea on doing it under freebsd unfortunately but you could try a
CentOS (RHEL rebuild) livecd.
Dell semi support Centos as a redhat compatible.

> So, I'm floating like a dead man in the water, having a full old 2 TB
> harddrive, an exchange 3TB harddrive which is recognized as 2 TB
> harddrive and no chance to update the controller's firmware.
> Is anybody out here with a solution under FreeBSD?
> The box is running FreeBSD 8.2-STABLE with a most recent buildworld.
> Thanks in advance,
> Oliver
> P.S. Please CC me, I'm not subscribing list "questions".
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