The ThinkSystem RAID 730-8i family is a 12 Gb SAS/SATA internal RAID adapter that offers a cost-effective RAID solution for small to medium business customers. The 730-8i is available either as a 1GB cache adapter without flash backup, or a 2GB cache adapter with flash backup. The adapters support RAID levels 0, 1, 10, 5, and 50 (the 2GB adapter also supports 6 and 60), and include an extensive list of RAS and management features. Technical specifications The ThinkSystem RAID 730-8i Adapter family has the following specifications: PCIe 3.0 x8 host interface 12 Gbps SAS/SATA RAID controller Cache options (neither are ugradable): 730-8i 1GB Cache adapter: 1GB cache without flash-based backup 730-8i 2GB Flash adapter: 2GB cache with flash-based backup Flash backup (2GB Flash adapter only): MegaRAID flash cache protection with NAND flash memory Powered by an externally mounted CacheVault Power Module supercapacitor Connectivity for up to 8 internal SAS or SATA drives Support for intermixing SAS and SATA HDDs and SSDs. Mixing SAS and SATA drives in the same array is not supported. Mixing of HDDs and SSDs in the same array is not supported. Support for intermixing of 12 Gbps and 6 Gbps drives. RAID levels supported: 730-8i 1GB Cache adapter: RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, and 50 730-8i 2GB Flash adapter: RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, and 60 Support for JBOD (non-RAID) drive state Support for up to 64 virtual disks, up to 128 arrays, up to 16 virtual disks per array Support for logical drive sizes greater than 2 TB. Configurable stripe size from 64 KB up to 1 MB Supports 512e, 512n and 4K sector formatted drives Support for SafeStore for self-encrypting drives (SEDs) (2GB Flash adapter only) Compliant with Disk Data Format (DDF) configuration on disk (CoD). S.M.A.R.T. support. Configuration through XClarity Provisioning Manager UEFI interface XClarity Controller web interface XClarity Administrator Configuration Patterns StorCLI command-line interface LSI S
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Host interface
PCI Express x8
Operating temperature (T-T)
10 - 55 °C
Storage temperature (T-T)
-40 - 70 °C
Operating relative humidity (H-H)
20 - 90%
Storage relative humidity (H-H)
5 - 95%
Linux operating systems supported
Windows operating systems supported
Supported storage drive interfaces
SAS, Serial ATA
RAID levels
Internal memory
1000 MB
PCI Express slots version
Number of devices supported
RAID Level Migration
SSD support
Online Capacity Expansion
External SAS ports


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