I've a MD3000 and the max partition size that I can allocate is 2TB. Is there any way, through firmware updates or other trickery, to allocate a useful amount of space to a partition, 4TB say?

Is it possible to use a different PERC card with the MD3000 to do this?

  • what is the OS?
    – Zypher
    Jan 29, 2010 at 22:00
  • Win Svr 2003 64 Ent Jan 29, 2010 at 22:02

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Some clarification regarding the comments above...

The MD3000 is a box you SAS-cable directly to a host and can be used by that box only. The MD3000i is an iSCSI target that you connect to the network and then use an iSCSI Initiator to connect to disks. The boxes look identical on the front but obviously have different connection mechanisms. The firmware for them is not the same so you do need to be sure you have the right stuff.

I'm not sure about the link previously posted but do this: go to dell.com, click on support, click on Drivers and Downloads and then select the PowerVault MD3000. You'll be able to pick your OS so pick 2003 x64. You'll then be presented with a long list of potential downloads. Download the MD3000 Resource CD - it is an ISO image. This CD will include all the latest documentation and firmware for the MD3000.

With this, you'll want to do 3 upgrades: 1. NVSRAM (I know you said you did it already but do it again just in case so you have the most recent version) 2. Controller firmware (this is the upgrade that actually enables partitions larger than 2TB; most recent versions also add RAID6 support) 3. Disk firmware (you may have to run this multiple times depending on how many kinds of disks you have)

Don't race into the 3 steps above - read all the documentation about each step to make sure you're doing it right.

You mostly need the controller firmware to get what you want but you do want to be sure that you are running compatible and upgraded versions of everything at the same time so you don't have issues down the road.

  • The MD3000 still has built in RAID controllers which need updating in addition to the HBA card in the server. Its the MD1000 which is just an enclosure. As you say the MD3000i has built in RAID controllers and an iscsi interface to the server.
    – JamesRyan
    Nov 27, 2014 at 15:04

You need the 'Generation 2' firmware upgrade - HERE's a link.

  • Thanks Chopper. I managed to update the NVSRAM, but it does not recognize the firmware image. Here's some info on the MD3000: Board ID: 1331 Submodel ID: 39 Product ID: MD3000 Product revision: 0670 Firmware version: NVSRAM version: N133X-735890-004 (after update) Do you (or anyone) have any suggestions? Jan 29, 2010 at 23:11
  • I'm sorry, I'm no Dell expert but I am interested in a great many things so knew the answer without any hands-on experience of upgrading, if you have concerns I'm sure dell themselves can help, or other SF'ers of course.
    – Chopper3
    Jan 29, 2010 at 23:31
  • Could someone confirm that the new firmware should be applied to the original MD3000? Or is it only suitable for the MD3000i's? Jan 30, 2010 at 12:22
  • When I went looking for the link for you I only ever searched on MD3000 as U didn't even know of the 'i' version.
    – Chopper3
    Jan 30, 2010 at 12:29

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