5 Replies Latest reply on Nov 26, 2010 3:07 PM by aster1x

    Rapid Storage Technology and 4K sector drives

    aster1x

      Does the Rapid Storage Technology support the 4K sector formatting of new drives like the WD1503FYYS from western digital in RAID5 mode under the P55 chipset? I have formated a new RAID5 array with RST 9.6.0.1014 with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and the RST report shows 512 bytes logical and physical sectors as per report below. Is there a way to control the formating of the disks apart from the Windows Computer Management console?

       

      System Report

      System Information
      OS name:  Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate
      OS version:  6.1.7600  7600
      System name:  ATHENA
      System manufacturer:  Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
      System model:  P55-UD5
      Processor:  GenuineIntel Intel64 Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5 2.72  GHz
      BIOS:  Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG, DELL   - 42302e31

      IntelΒ® Rapid Storage Technology
      Kit installed:  9.6.0.1014
      User interface version:  9.6.0.1014
      Language:  English (United States)
      Intel RAID controller:  Intel(R) ICH8R/ICH9R/ICH10R/DO/5 Series/3400 Series SATA RAID Controller
      Number of SATA ports:  6
      RAID option ROM version:  9.5.0.1037
      Driver version:  9.6.0.1014
      ISDI version:  9.6.0.1014

      Device Information
      Name:  Array_0000
      Size:  4,292 GB
      Available space:  0 GB
      Disk data cache:  Enabled
      Number of volumes:  1
      Volume member:  Volume0
      Number of disks:  3
      Array disk:  WD-WMAUR0461642
      Array disk:  WD-WMAUR0458830
      Array disk:  WD-WMAUR0451280

      Name:  Volume0
      Status:  Normal
      Type:  RAID 5
      Size:  2,862 GB
      Data strip size:  64 KB
      Write-back cache:  Disabled
      System volume:  No
      Initialized:  Yes 
      Verification errors found:  0
      Blocks with media errors:  0
      Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
      Logical sector size:  512 Bytes
      Parent array:  Array_0000
      Number of disks:  3
      Array disk:  WD-WMAUR0461642
      Array disk:  WD-WMAUR0458830
      Array disk:  WD-WMAUR0451280

      Disk on port 0
      Port location:  Internal
      Status:  Normal
      Usage:  Array disk
      Size:  1,431 GB
      Serial number:  WD-WMAUR0461642
      Model:  WDC WD1503FYYS-01T8B0
      Firmware:  01.00D02
      System disk:  No
      Password protected:  No
      Disk data cache:  Enabled
      Native command queuing:  Yes 
      SATA transfer mode:  Generation 2
      Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
      Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

      Disk on port 1
      Port location:  Internal
      Status:  Normal
      Usage:  Array disk
      Size:  1,431 GB
      Serial number:  WD-WMAUR0458830
      Model:  WDC WD1503FYYS-01T8B0
      Firmware:  01.00D02
      System disk:  No
      Password protected:  No
      Disk data cache:  Enabled
      Native command queuing:  Yes 
      SATA transfer mode:  Generation 2
      Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
      Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

      Disk on port 2
      Port location:  Internal
      Status:  Normal
      Usage:  Array disk
      Size:  1,431 GB
      Serial number:  WD-WMAUR0451280
      Model:  WDC WD1503FYYS-01T8B0
      Firmware:  01.00D02
      System disk:  No
      Password protected:  No
      Disk data cache:  Enabled
      Native command queuing:  Yes 
      SATA transfer mode:  Generation 2
      Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
      Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

      Disk on port 3
      Port location:  Internal
      Status:  Normal
      Usage:  Available
      Size:  191 GB
      Serial number:  WD-WCAL81626978
      Model:  WDC WD2000JB-00GVA0
      Firmware:  08.02D08
      System disk:  No
      Password protected:  No
      Disk data cache:  Enabled
      Native command queuing:  No
      SATA transfer mode:  Generation 1
      Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
      Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

      Disk on port 4
      Port location:  Internal
      Status:  Normal
      Usage:  Available
      Size:  191 GB
      Serial number:  WD-WMAL72428439
      Model:  WDC WD2000JB-00GVA0
      Firmware:  08.02D08
      System disk:  No
      Password protected:  No
      Disk data cache:  Enabled
      Native command queuing:  No
      SATA transfer mode:  Generation 1
      Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
      Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

      Disk on port 5
      Port location:  Internal
      Status:  Normal
      Usage:  Available
      Size:  191 GB
      Serial number:  WD-WCALL1713796
      Model:  WDC WD2000JB-00GVA0
      Firmware:  08.02D08
      System disk:  No
      Password protected:  No
      Disk data cache:  Enabled
      Native command queuing:  No
      SATA transfer mode:  Generation 1
      Physical sector size:  512 Bytes
      Logical sector size:  512 Bytes

        • 1. Re: Rapid Storage Technology and 4K sector drives
          PeterUK

          Well it seems to say it can...you may of needed to load RST driver when you installed windows 7 as windows 7 has a older driver but if this is a storage array you shouldn’t have too.

          http://www.intel.com/support/chipsets/imsm/sb/CS-031502.htm

          Have you tried using western digital software to format the array? you may of needed to use the software to change them to use 4K sector before you put them in RAID.

          • 2. Re: Rapid Storage Technology and 4K sector drives
            aster1x

            First of all I am using the array for data and not for the OS which is loaded on another primary hard disk. Therefore the Intel answer yoou quote does not answer my question.

             

            According to Western Digital, Windows 7 supports natively the Advanced formating of 4K sectors. I have not tried yet the Western Digital Software because my understanding is that it is not needed under Windows 7. If the Advanced formating had been applied, should n't the logical sector size be 4K?

            • 3. Re: Rapid Storage Technology and 4K sector drives
              PeterUK

              According to Western Digital, Windows 7 supports natively the Advanced formating of 4K sectors. I have not tried yet the Western Digital Software because my understanding is that it is not needed under Windows 7. If the Advanced formating had been applied, should n't the logical sector size be 4K

              Windows 7 may well support this Advanced formating of 4K sectors but for compatibility this drive maybe set to run on 512 bytes unless you set it to run the drive on 4K sectors which is likely set through the drives firmware.

              • 4. Re: Rapid Storage Technology and 4K sector drives
                PeterUK

                Or...having thinked about it the drive has 4K sectors but the drive makes the controller see the drive as having 512 byte sectors and that the Advanced Format is so that the partition is aligned for best performance since windows 7 aligns partitions so well you are set to go.

                 

                I fact...did you say WD1503FYYS ? Because they are not 4K sector drives.

                • 5. Re: Rapid Storage Technology and 4K sector drives
                  aster1x

                  Indeed I said 1503FYYS. I was under the impression that the enterprise series would benefit more and they would be the first to get this technology feature. Unfortunately no, they are not advanced format drives.  After a lot of search, the drives which have the advanced format, they say so on their label. My drives did not have this label. Possibly in the future another batch of production of this drive may get this feature.

                   

                  Thank you anyway for all the comments.

                  Case closed for me.