All S5000 based server boards provide SATA 3Gbps support (imsm driver) and SAS models also provide SAS/SATA 3Gbps support (mpt driver) for JBOD (native mode, no RAID). The SATA support is provided through the ESB component of the S5000 chipset.
All S5000 based server boards provide optional Intel® Embedded Server RAID Technology II (0,1,10) for SATA drives enabled through a BIOS setting. SATA support was first enabled in BIOS 54, use the Mass Storage setting "Enable SATA as RAID". Drivers (ESRT2) are updated frequently on http://support.intel.com.
SAS models provide optional Intel® Embedded Server RAID Technology II (0,1,10) for SAS or SATA drives enabled through a BIOS setting. SAS RAID requires BIOS 59 or later. Use the SAS BIOS page to enable SAS OpROM. Drivers (ESRT2) are updated frequently on http://support.intel.com.
ROMB models provide optional Intel® Integrated RAID (0,1,5,10,50) for SAS and SATA via the AXXRAK18E RAID activation key and add-in RAM. Drivers (ir3) and firmware (ir3_fw) are updated frequently on support.intel.com. Staggered spin up is required to support more than 6 drives, which first appeared in BIOS 59 and Hot Swap Controller firmware 2.02.
For boards that support Embedded RAID 5, this option will be available later this year enabled via the AXXRAKSW5 RAID activation key accessory and will require the latest BIOS and drivers available at http://support.intel.com.
To see if your specific server board supports the AXXRAK18E or AXXRAKSW5 RAID activation key, please see the Spare Parts & Configuration Guide for your server board at http://www.intel.com/p/en_US/support/server
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