I've an HP Proliant DL360 G5 server with two 72gb HDD in RAID and 2 150gb HDD in RAID.

I've Windows Server installed on the 72gB HDD and I'm now trying to overwrite it with a fresh installation of CentOS 7 x64.

When I try to install it it says that I need to manually configure the hard disks but when I open the partitioning tool no HDD are detected.
I'm using the ~4GB DVD installer.

How can I fix this problem?

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    RHEL 7 is not certified on HP DL 360 G5. That server model is now at least close to 5 years old and close to legacy in most enterprises. I assume that a driver for the RAID controller is not included in the installer.
    – HBruijn
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 9:16
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    So how can I solve the problem?
    – Fez Vrasta
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 9:16
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    Install on supported hardware instead?
    – HBruijn
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 9:19
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    I've only that server available and if the problem is just a missing driver I can't get why should I install an old version of CentOS...
    – Fez Vrasta
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 9:20
  • Because you can't get the driver ... Bear in mind C7 was released just 2 days ago, it takes time for people to get up to speed.
    – user9517
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 9:24

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Interesting issue...

So the HP RAID controller driver from around 2001 to ~2009 was the CCISS driver. There was a transition to the HPSA driver at some point, moving the Smart Array controller support back into the regular SCSI subsystem versus the dedicated block driver...

HP servers from the G1 to G5 era used the CCISS driver. On newer operating systems (EL6 and forward), HP ProLiant G6 and newer systems made use of the HPSA driver.

It turns out that RHEL7 removes the old CCISS module. Your fix in this case, since the Smart Array P400 controller in your G5 server isn't recognized, is to force the HPSA driver to load your older controller. Do this with:


As a module parameter...

From the man page.

hpsa_allow_any=1: This option allows the driver to attempt to operate on any HP Smart Array hardware RAID controller, even if it is not explicitly known to the driver. This allows newer hardware to work with older drivers. Typically this is used to allow installation of operating systems from media that predates the RAID controller, though it may also be used to enable hpsa to drive older controllers that would normally be handled by the cciss(4) driver. These older boards have not been tested and are not supported with hpsa, and cciss(4) should still be used for these.


This is a much more involved process than expected. You need to add that string to the module load parameters.

The official word is that the older controllers are just no longer supported. While you can get it running, it's less-than-ideal. So I'd probably stay away from EL7 for now. There will likely be a workaround, since there's an existing install base of these servers...

⁠kernel component, BZ#1061210 When the hpsa_allow_any option is used, the hpsa driver allows the use of PCI IDs that are not listed in the driver's pci-id table. Thus, cards detected when this option is used, are not supported in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.

⁠kernel component, BZ#975791
The following cciss controllers are no longer supported:
    ◦   Smart Array 5300 
    ◦   Smart Array 5i 
    ◦   Smart Array 532 
    ◦   Smart Array 5312 
    ◦   Smart Array 641 
    ◦   Smart Array 642 
    ◦   Smart Array 6400 
    ◦   Smart Array 6400 EM 
    ◦   Smart Array 6i 
    ◦   Smart Array P600 
    ◦   Smart Array P800 
    ◦   Smart Array P400 
    ◦   Smart Array P400i 
    ◦   Smart Array E200i 
    ◦   Smart Array E200 
    ◦   Smart Array E500 
    ◦   Smart Array P700M
  • Thanks! I don't need to download anything? Is it supposed to be shipped inside the ISO of CentOS 7?
    – Fez Vrasta
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 11:45
  • Ok I'm trying, it's checking something /dev/sr0? Will tell you if it works when it starts.
    – Fez Vrasta
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 12:04
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    Ok I've installed 6.5 without any problem... will stay here for a while.
    – Fez Vrasta
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 15:01
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    I needed to add hpsa.hpsa_simple_mode=1 in addition to hpsa.hpsa_allow_any=1
    – zje
    Commented Sep 4, 2014 at 21:55
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    This just worked for me.
    – tep
    Commented Jan 16, 2015 at 22:42

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