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We have just brought a refurbished dell R610 2 X 6 Core X5650, 96G Ram, SAS 6ir Raid Controller, 2 X Fujitsu MBC2073RC 2.5-Inch 15K 73GB SAS Hard Drive.

We are going to also be installing additional drives:

  • 2 X Intel 730 2.5-Inch 480 GB SSD's SSDSC2BP480G4R5
  • 2 X Samsung Momentus SpinPoint ST2000LM003 2TB 2.5"

I also seperatly brought a refurbished H700 Raid controller to use rather than the SAS 6ir card.

I now have all the parts in front of me (I hope) but on searching for install instructions I can't seem to find decent instructions / videos on how to install this card in the H700. Does anyone have links or can describe what to do? Eg should I:

  • Remove the existing SAS 6ir and install the H700 where the 6iR was? (I am guessing yes...)
  • etc

Eg in the Dell R610 owners manual on page 89 they talk generally about installing an expansion card. I also looked in the Dell PowerEdge RAID Controller Cards H700 and H800 but that talks a lot about configuration of parameters for performance, configuring RAID etc but it doesn't really talk much about actual installation.

So how do I install this H700 card in our Dell R610? Hints, pointers, links?

[Edit] Photos are:

H700

H700

H700 Label

H700 Label

H700 plus cables

H700 Overview

Cable Ends

H700 Cable Ends

R610 Overview

R610 Overview

SAS 6ir Card

SAS 6ir Card

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    Which H700 card do you have? It comes in a couple form factors - photos or exact part numbers would help. – Grant Jan 24 '15 at 1:33
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    I just uploaded the photos now. I think the serial number in there is Dell 0W56W0 CN-0W56W0-13740-12P-029G-A00 but some of those zeros might be letter-O's or vice-versa... – sysjas Jan 24 '15 at 4:55
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    Can you give me the points for answering the question please? – Citizen Jan 25 '15 at 19:14
  • +1 on points for Paul Delasaux, his answer was correct from a technical standpoint (not throwing any unsupported work-arounds into the mix). I'd mark his answer as "correct" – JimNim Jan 30 '15 at 5:06
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There are three types of H700 cards.

  1. Dell PERC H7000 Integrated Card
    • This looks almost exactly like the adapter card, key difference is the PCIe backing plate seen in 2nd image below.

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  1. Dell PERC H700 Adapter Card

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  1. Dell PERC H7000 Modular Card

I couldn't find a good pic for one of these. They only existed for a short time until Dell went to another version and called it the H710, which only lasted a short while until the H800 modular card.

The integrated card installs into the dedicated internal storage slot of the server. See your server motherboard map that came with it to identify the exact location. I put a photo of the motherboard view at the bottom of the post. The adapter goes into a PCIe slot - self explanatory The Modular installs only into blade servers, if you have that one. Bad luck.

Motherboard View

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Once you've completed physical installation update your firmware to the most recent version. I believe it's AO6 but you will want to validate. Here's a link to AO6.

http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=3HD0T

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    The pictures of the card you posted do not look like the modular card, they look like the adapter which would go into the PCIe slot. – Citizen Jan 24 '15 at 12:46
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    From the looks of it you would leave that SAS6 card in, it's fine. You would connect your cables from the pcie card to the backplane. You'll need to enter the bios and ensure the new card is listed as a bootable device as well, you may want to put it at the top of the order unless you need to boot of a cd or dvd to get an OS on that thing. Good luck! – Citizen Jan 24 '15 at 12:48
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    I am fairly confident that my card is not the modular card (It doesn't look figure 2 in this) However it also looks like I could just unscrew the slot plate from the card and then this card would install in the exact same place as the SAS6ir card currently is. But instead you are recommending I have both in our R610... So just to confirm, you have both a SAS6ir card and a H700 in some of your systems? – sysjas Jan 24 '15 at 21:04
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    You can have two raid controllers in a single host. It's fine. – Citizen Jan 25 '15 at 3:39
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    @JimNim Ahh thanks! So I saw this thread here on dell community which talks about flashing the H700 adapter to H700 integrated. I asked about this here so your answer is what I would have expected to be true but others say is more involved... Do you happen to know which version of the card BIOS I should be looking at here? Thanks! – sysjas Jan 26 '15 at 22:26

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