[Howto] Flashing “LSI SAS 9210-8i IT-firmware” to “Lenovo EBG Express ServeRAID M1015”

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Disclaimer: All liability is excluded. Be careful, you can brick your card.


1st step: delete the original firmware (Lenovo, IBM, …)

  1. download megarec.exe and sbrempty.bin
  2. copy both files on an DOS-bootable USB-stick and boot from it
  3. delete the oem firmware: megarec.exe -writesbr 0 sbrempty.bin and megarec.exe -cleanflash 0 (“0” is the # of the card)


2nd step: flash the LSI-Firmware

  1. download the newest flashtool (sas2flash.efi) and the newest firmware (2108it.bin) from: LSI-Homepage –> SAS 9210-8i Host Bus Adapter –> Downloads –> Firmware –> 9210_8i_Package_P20_IR_IT_Firmware_BIOS_for_MSDOS_Windows.zip
  2. copy both files onto FAT32-formatted USB-stick and reboot
  3. enter BIOS and boot into motherboard’s built-in EFI-shell
  4. change directory to USB-stick: fs0: (number can be different)
  5. check for cards found: sasflash.efi -listall
  6. flash the firmware: sas2flash.efi -o -f 2108it.bin
  7. program the original SAS-address: sas2flash.efi -o -sasadd # (look for # on an sticker onto the card; enter only the numbers and no whitespaces or -)
  8. check, if everything went well: sas2flash.efi -listall (IT-mode, SAS-address)
  9. reboot and power system down
  10. now the card works in IT-mode