problem with geli and LSI controller

Marc UBM Bocklet ubm at
Mon Jul 20 12:56:51 UTC 2015

On Sun, 19 Jul 2015 09:16:51 -0700
John-Mark Gurney <jmg at> wrote:

> Marc UBM via freebsd-stable wrote this message on Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 17:34 +0200:
> > 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?
> This sounds like the drives were in raid0 mode, and not raw disk
> mode...  You might be able to recover the disk w/ geli resize,
> assuming only space was added at the end, not at the begining, but
> I have never personally tried that myself...  I'd recommend trying
> on a copy of the drive so you don't loose data if that is possible..

And one more question, directed at the list: even if geli manages to
move the metadata via resize, the gpart metadata is probably still


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