I have some fresh out of the box HP Proliant Generation 8 servers which have the HP 420i disk controllers built into the motherboard. Once upon a time the disk controller was a PCI card but now in Gen 8 Proliant it is on the motherboard. Regardless of this feature the controller seems to be unable to detect third-party disks.
HP sells a pile of disks with their brand name on them but they do not have 2TB SATA in the 2.5 inch format however Seagate does. So I have about forty disks that are the ST2000NX0243 disks. These are Enterprise SATA disks with 2TB and are 4KB sector size. They should be ideal for storage, however the HP 420i controller shows zero physical disks installed.
I called HP tech support with the details and they were quick to hang up the phone as soon as they heard these were Seagate disks and not HP's customised and enhanced Seagate disks. Is there anything here that I can do or just buy an Adaptec disk controller or are the new HP Proliant servers really unable to handle big 4KB sector sized disks?