Compatibility Summary for HGST Ultrastar 7K4000

Compatibility Summary for HGST Ultrastar 7K4000 2TB, 3TB, 4TB 6Gb/s SATA Hard Drive


The Ultrastar 7K4000 hard drives feature Advanced Format technology. Advanced Format increases the physical sector size on hard drives from 512 bytes to 4096 (4K) bytes, which increases drive capacities and improves error correction capabilities. Please consult the HGST Advanced Format Drives page for more information on using these hard drives.

Compatibility Testing

The HGST Integration Lab tested this family of Ultrastar™ drives for compatibility with a wide variety of systems, Host Bus Adapter cards, enclosures, operating systems, etc.

Testing was performed to demonstrate compatibility with the following hardware and software. Other combinations of hardware and software are expected to function with this product family, but have not been evaluated. This compatibility testing confirms simply that the hard drive was recognized, partitioned and then data was written to and read from it. Drive capacity and interface speed are not always verified during compatibility testing.

Many factors must be considered in order to take advantage of high-capacity drives (>2.2TB). Some configurations offer a higher likelihood of success. If you want to use a high-capacity drive, please refer to our High Capacity Technology Brief and visit our Above 2TB web page at
HGST recommends you back up all data before installing your new hard drive.

Systems and Motherboards

These Ultrastar products were found to work with the following systems. (Please note: Use of an EFI BIOS is required in order to use a 4TB & 3TB hard drive as a boot drive)

Dell PowerEdge R310
Dell PowerEdge R410
Dell PowerEdge R415
Dell PowerEdge R510
Dell PowerEdge R515
Dell PowerEdge R710
Dell PowerEdge T110
Dell PowerEdge T110 II
Dell PowerEdge T310
Dell PowerEdge T410
Dell PowerEdge T610
HP ProLiant DL380 G7

Host Bus Adapters (HBAs)

These Ultrastar products were found to be compatible with the following HBAs and host controller chipsets, some of which may not be included in the above system list.
If a chipset vendor’s specific SATA driver does not support capacities greater than 2.2TB, you must use the latest Microsoft drivers to gain access to 4TB & 3TB capacities.

Note (1): Items marked with * indicate that a 4TB & 3TB drive may be used with limited capacity.
Note (2): Items marked with ** do not support capacities greater than 2.2TB.
Note (3): Items marked with # are 6Gb/s capable.

3Ware 9690SA
3Ware 9750: 4i #& 8i #
Adaptec: 1045 &1405
Adaptec RAID: 2045 & 2405
Adaptec RAID 3045
Adaptec RAID: 3085 & 3805
Adaptec RAID: 31205 & 31605
Adaptec RAID: 51245 & 51645
Adaptec RAID 52445
Adaptec RAID 5405Z
Adaptec RAID 5445Z
Adaptec RAID 5805Z
Adaptec RAID 6405 #
Adaptec RAID 6805 #
ATTO ExpressSAS: H608 # & H680 #
ATTO ExpressSAS: H60F # & H6F0 #
ATTO ExpressSAS H644 #
ATTO ExpressSAS R380
ATTO ExpressSAS R680 #
Areca ARC 1300ix – 16
Areca ARC 1320 – 4i4x #
Areca ARC 1320 – 8i # & 8x #
Areca ARC 1680D *
Dell PERC 6/i
Dell PERC H200
Dell PERC H700
Dell PERC S300
Dell SAS 6/iR
HP Smart Array P212
HighPoint RocketRAID 2680
HighPoint RocketRAID 2710 #& 2720 #
HighPoint RocketRAID: 2721 # & 2722 #
HighPoint RocketRAID 4320
LSI MegaRAID SAS: 8204ELP* & 8208ELP *
LSI MegaRAID SAS: 8204XLP* & 8208XLP *
LSI MegaRAID SAS 8704EM2 **
LSI MegaRAID SAS 8708EM2 **
LSI MegaRAID SAS 8880EM2 **
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9240 – 4i # & 8i #
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260 – 4i # & 8i #
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9260DE - 8e #
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9265 – 8i #
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9280 – 4i4e # & 8e #
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9280DE - 8e #
LSI MegaRAID SAS 9285 – 8e #
LSI SAS2008 (IC) #
LSI SAS2108 (ROC) #
LSI SAS2208 (ROC) #
LSI SAS2116 (ROC) #
LSI SAS2308 (IC) #
LSI SAS: 3041E-R*& 3081E-R *
LSI SAS: 3041X-R* & 3080X-R *
LSI SAS 3442E-R *
LSI SAS 3442X-R *
LSI SAS 3801E *
LSI SAS 3801X *
LSI SAS 9200 – 8e # & 16e #
LSI SAS 9201 – 16i #
LSI SAS 9205 – 8e #
LSI SAS 9210 – 4i4e #
LSI SAS 9211 – 4i # & 8i #
LSI SAS 9212 – 4i4e #
Marvell 88RC95xx (ROC) #
Marvell 88SE64xx (IC)
Marvell 88SE94xx (IC) #
PMC-Sierra PM8001 SPC 8x6G (IC)
Promise FastTrak Tx2650
Promise FastTrak Tx4650
Promise SuperTrak Ex8650
Promise SuperTrak Ex8760T #
Promise SuperTrak Ex8768 #

These Ultrastar products were found to be compatible with the following enclosures.

AIC XJ1100-3163 (XJ-SA24-316R-B)
HP DS2600
Promise VTrak E610sD/sS
Promise VTrak J310sD/sS
Promise VTrak J610sD/sS
Xyratex RS-1603-X

These Ultrastar products were found to be compatible with the following expanders.

LSI SAS2x36 (IC)
Marvell 88SM82xx (IC)
Maxim MAX72018 / MAX72024
Maxim MAX72038 / MAX72044
Maxim VSC7153 / VSC7160
Maxim VSC7156 / VSC7157 / VSC7158
PMC-Sierra PM8001 SXP 24x3GSec (IC)
PMC-Sierra PM8005 SXP 36x6GSec (IC)

Operating Systems
These Ultrastar products were found to be compatible with the following operating systems.

MS Windows Server 2003
MS Windows Server 2003 x86 R2
MS Windows Server 2008 x86 SP2
MS Windows Server 2008 R2 64bit
MS Windows Server 2008 x64 SP2
MS Windows 7
MS Windows XP
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server 5.5 x86_64
SUSE Linux Enterprise 11

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This article was published on Friday 18 January, 2013.
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