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Date:      Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:23:27 +0200
From:      "O. Hartmann" <>
To:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG,
Subject:   Dell PowerEdge 1950 with LSI SAS1068E/aka DeLL SAS-6 HBA: howto update firmware with FreeBSD?
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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).

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,


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