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The SCSI controller we are using is IBM RAID M1015 and a SATA 3 HDD is attached to it. Now the question, is there any way to get the HDD specific parameters like HDD Model number/Manufacturer, Storage Size, rpm, transfer speed (3/6 Gbps?) etc...

Tried, hdparm -I /dev/sda but failed with HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(identify) failed: Invalid exchange

Disk utility shows the RAID controller M1015 as HDD Model Name, as is the case with gparted

Any idea!

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For future reference: The SCSI version of hdparm is named "sdparm" - see sg.danny.cz/sg/sdparm.html –  pauska Apr 15 '13 at 10:41
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The IBM RAID M1015 is a RAID controller virtualizing your storage, you cannot access the single drive's properties via standard SATA/SAS commands (which is what hdparm and smartctl try do) unless you are running the IT version of the firmware. However, as it is a LSI 9211-8i with customized firmware, you should be able to run the MegaCLI command line utility to list the state (and properties) of the connected physical drives:

megacli -pdlist  -aALL | less

The output information will include the drive's serial number in the "Inquiry Data" field of the output:

[...]
SAS Address(0): 0x5000c5003abb8c15
SAS Address(1): 0x0
Connected Port Number: 0
Inquiry Data: SEAGATE ST3600057SS     00012SL42BN0
[...]
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cool, worked like a charm. /opt/MegaRAID/MegaCli/MegaCli64 -pdlist -aALL –  Aczire Apr 15 '13 at 12:20
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