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R630 and apparently (?) faulty ssd Kingston A400

Hi!

I'm having some strange problems with a Kingston SSD (A400, 120GB) when I try to use it in my server.

I was able to install ubuntu on the drive (configured as raid-0 in PERC H330 mini) but after that the disk was marked as faulty by the controller and non-bootable. Confused by this I inserted the disk in my laptop, ran smartctl and skdump and found no bad sectors

After that I re-inserted the disk into the server, made a new virtual disk and tried to re-install the os in which the installation halts due to I/O error.

Inserted once again the disk in to my laptop and ran the installation there without any problems. I also made sure to boot it without any problems.

Once again I added the drive to the server (now in another slot to rule that out) and here is the log from lifecycle controller after creating a new virtual disk with the Kingston ssd drive:

2022-03-15T15:00:40-0500 VDR18 Initialization of Virtual Disk 1 on Integrated RAID Controller 1 has failed.
2022-03-15T15:00:40-0500 PDR1001 Fault detected on drive 1 in disk drive bay 1.
2022-03-15T15:00:40-0500 VDR7 Virtual Disk 1 on Integrated RAID Controller 1 has failed.
2022-03-15T15:00:40-0500 PDR3 Disk 1 in Backplane 1 of Integrated RAID Controller 1 is not functioning correctly.

Does this make sense to anyone? I'm quite confused by this.

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You may be able to put the drive into "pass-through" mode and use it as a regular non-RAID disk without issues ... the controller won't care about a lot of stuff that way. RAID is complex and critical, so it is less forgiving with drives that aren't programmed to know how to behave.

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7 Thorium

Perfect sense. Drive is incompatible. You can't just throw any old laptop / desktop / NAS drive in a server.

RAID controllers expect drives to speak a specific language - a specific set of commands - and when they don't, the controllers mark them offline (or worse, they stay online and may have other issues). 

https://www.kingston.com/unitedstates/en/ssd/a400-solid-state-drive 

"This SSD is designed for use in desktop and notebook computer workloads and is not intended for Server environments."

 

7 Thorium

You may be able to put the drive into "pass-through" mode and use it as a regular non-RAID disk without issues ... the controller won't care about a lot of stuff that way. RAID is complex and critical, so it is less forgiving with drives that aren't programmed to know how to behave.

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Well that kinda makes sense I guess. Thank your for answers and I will go for the pass-through solution and let the OS handle the drive.

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