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The process of setting up the hardware ran into a few snags.
When inserting my first HDD into a front-panel slot on the SuperMicro box, FreeNAS immediately started to crash on boot as shown.
The key info is:
- GEOM_RAID: SiI-070610140534: Force array start due to timeout.
FreeNAS forums document that drives previously used with Software RAID or mirrors may prevent booting , even after deleting their partitions.
I used a combination of the following commands to clear the error. I don’t have the actual commands used:
- camcontrol devlist
- gpart destroy -F /dev/da2
- Write zeros to start of disk with dd
SAS utilties recommended booting into EFI Shell to run commands.
This boots a shell from the BIOS, and therefor your USB stick with the sas utilties does not need to be bootable.
To do this:
- Enable EFI shell as a valid boot option under BIOS disks.
- Select boot order to include EFI shell -or-
- Select F11 when booting to pick boot option EFI shell.
EFI shell is a like a DOS shell.
A USB flash drive may be recognized as ‘fd0’
Change default directory to USB by typing
DIR to list directory, etc.
Run executables ending in .efi.
sas3flash.efi <cr> ( .efi optional )
LSI HBA Flash
When flashing the HBA, download utilities and Firmware to a normal DOS formatted Flash drive, boot into EFI, shell and run the .efi utlities.
Some useful links for re-flashing are:
After setting Bifurcation in the BIOS in the previous post , the 2 NVMe drives were recognized by FreeBSD with no further settings.