problem with geli and LSI controller

Marc UBM ubm.freebsd at
Sun Jul 19 15:35:58 UTC 2015

On Sun, 19 Jul 2015 17:34:32 +0200
Marc "UBM" Bocklet <ubm.freebsd at> wrote:

> Hi all,
> a few weeks ago our Highpoint Rocket Raid controller (hptrr) started
> biting the dust (spurious channel resets). We bought a LSI 9201-16i
> (mps) to replace it. Connected to the hptrr were 4 external e-sata
> enclosures, configured in JBOD mode. Together with two disks connected
> to the onboard SATA controller, this formed a geli encrypted raidz-2
> zpool. 
> Just now, I connected the disks to the mps controller. They show
> up fine in dmesg. The problem is, when trying to attach the disks
> formerly connected to the hptrr controller, geli is unable to find the
> metadata on the disks and errors out with:
> "geli: Cannot read metadata from /dev/da4: Invalid argument"
> gpart show says "gpart: No such geom: da4"
> Trying to restore the geli metadata gives:
> "geli: Provider size mismatch: wrong backup file?"
> Is it possible that the hptrr controller handled the disks in some
> special way and it's only possible to read them there?
> Bye
> Marc

I forgot to add that the system is running:

FreeBSD xxx 10.1-BETA1 FreeBSD 10.1-BETA1 #27 r271633: Mon Sep 15
22:34:05 CEST 2014


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