[FreeBSD 7] 3 Terabyte Array Doesn't Attach

Paul A. Procacci pprocacci at datapipe.com
Tue Mar 11 00:00:42 UTC 2008

Paul A. Procacci wrote:
> Howdy,
> Been searching mailling lists and reading the FBSD documentation, but 
> couldn't find an answer.  I'm hoping this list can point me in the 
> correct direction.
> I have a client that wants a raid 6 array, w/ 6 x 750G drives (i.e. 
> 3Terabytes).
> The machine has a 'HP Smart Array P400' controller (ciss), which we 
> use quite often, just not on an array of this magnitute before.
> Configuring the array through the raid bios is pretty simple as it's 
> just like any other you would setup.  However, the kernel is unable to 
> `attach` the device as is.  I am wondering if a) anyone has run into 
> this issue before, and/or b) knows of any good workaround.
> Here are errors from the logs:
> Mar  6 01:58:40 store1 kernel: (da1:ciss0:0:1:0): got CAM status 0x4
> Mar  6 01:58:40 store1 kernel: (da1:ciss0:0:1:0): fatal error, failed 
> to attach to device
> Mar  6 01:58:40 store1 kernel: (da1:ciss0:0:1:0): lost device
> Mar  6 01:58:40 store1 kernel: (da1:ciss0:0:1:0): removing device entry
> Some things I have tried:
> 2 raid5 arrays w/ gstripe - This yields a usable 3Terabyte partition 
> but this isn't an option due to client restrictions.
> zfs - works like a charm, but client unwilling to use something 
> 'new'.  Restrictions can sometimes be a pain I tell ya.
> I should mention the mahcine is amd64, not sure if this has any 
> relavance.
> Help?  -P
> Thanks,
> Paul
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Well, I've done more research and came across this:


This is disappointing.


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