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Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hello,

Hope someone can help, i would like to re-purpose one of our old Dell PowerEdge r730Xd's for testing.

It has a PERC H730 Mini RAID, i have 12 x 3.5" bay (Front) and 2 x 2.5" bay (Back).

I would ideally like to use 2x2.5" Bays at the back and plug that into the onboard SW raid, i believe its a S120?

Then use the front 12 Bays in HBA mode. I've tried interchanging the SPF connectors on the backplane as well with no luck.

Does this motherboard allow for the onboard SW Raid to work in tandem with a Perc card?

Appreciate any insight, thanks in advance.

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Re: Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hi,

 

You can try refer to this manual for cabling. https://dell.to/2z5wXX5

 

It seems to me that the diagram for Figure 3. Cabling diagram—2.5 Inch (x24) SAS/SATA backplane (option 2)  AND Figure 7. Cabling diagram—3.5 inch (x12) SAS/SATA backplane (option 2) to be same for connecting the flex bay. 


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Re: Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hi Joey,

Thanks for your reply.

We have Figure 6. Cabling diagram—3.5 inch (x12) SAS/SATA backplane (option 1).

I would like to use SAS A and put it on the PERC S130. i've putting the SAS A connector to J_SATA_A and J_SATA_B.

But it did not work.

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Re: Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hi,

 

Unfortunately, you would not be able to use that configuration, as software and hardware RAID cannot co-exist in a configuration. It's either or. 


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Re: Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hi Joey, I have the same issue, figure 6, but with an HBA 330. I would like to let the S130 use the 2x2.5 rear backplane. You're saying it's not possible?

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Re: Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hi,

 

I don't think R730XD does support HBA330. Are you able to get it to work with the existing drives in the front? 

 

The rear flex bay will need to be connected to the front backplane, whilst the backplane is connect to the RAID card, which is H730.


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Re: Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hi Joey,

i'm confused, is it possible to get the Flex drives on the S130 Controller? or is it not possible to use the Perc 730 Mini as well as the onboard S130 at the same time? Is it just the 2 x Flex drives in the back not possible for this?

Which brings me to my next question.

Would it possible to use the S130 on for 2 Drives, in the front, say in Slot 0 and Slot 1, or Slot 10 and Slot 11?

 

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Re: Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hi @vlt2020 ,

 

You are right on the 2nd point, it is not possible to use PERC H730 as well as the onboard S130. 


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Re: Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hello Joey,

The R730XD indeed supports HBA330 and yes the drives are being seen.

The rear backplane is perfect for the s130 to handle separately, and the cable lengths are right also. So not possible to plug the rear backplane into the motherboards mini-sas ports and have it work separately?

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Re: Dell PowerEdge r730xd Perc H730 Mini

Hi,

 

I've gone through the manual as many times as possible, but I'm not able to find any cabling as similar as your situation. I too gave a check that HBA330 won't work but you got it to work, so that portion is good to go. I did look at the cabling diagram, and the BP signal cable must be connected, that makes the front backplane providing the signal to the HBA. But if the flex bay signal cable is connected to the board, I'm not sure if the signal is going to the HBA or S130. Though, all the connections that you're doing right now ain't recommended through cabling manual. 


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