Archive for June, 2008

Compaq / HP Smartarray and raw disks

Friday, June 27th, 2008

For the record: SmartArray controllers (probably all, but tested with a 5i) are storing 512+32Kbytes of data at the beginning of the disk. You have to get rid of this with dd if you want to read a disk directly that has been configured as an array member with these cards – for example for data rescue from a completely dead controller.