LSI 9210-8i HBA Card Flash To IT Mode

LSI 9210-8i HBA Card Flash To IT Mode

If you are using LSI SAS 2008 based HBA/RAID cards such as the LSI 9211-8i FreeNAS recommend run in IT (Initiator Target) mode. Don’t use cards in IR (Integrated RAID) mode.

For update  firmware and BIOS check current firmware version with command:

sas2flash -list

Example output:

LSI 9210-8i IT mode

(in my case card already in IT mode)

Firmware should be at-least and BIOS should be


Download Firmware and BIOS


Firmware and bios download here:

Then download flasher for UEFI:


You need sas2flash.efi from and 2108it.bin aswell as mpt2sas.rom from

Create bootable USB stick. Use Rufus software.

Put those 3 files on a fat32 USB stick load into UEFI Shell get to the folder with the 3 files and run:

sas2flash.efi -f 2108it.bin -b mptsas2.rom

Then run:

sas2flash.efi -list

And confirm that firmware is and BIOS is

In case if you have more than 1 RAID card for example 2, you can update BIOS and firmware simultaneously:

sas2flash -listall




sas2flash.efi -c 0 -f 2108it.bin -b mptsas2.rom
sas2flash.efi -c 1 -f 2108it.bin -b mptsas2.rom

-c specifies which card you want to target



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One Comment

  1. THANK YOU! Finally, an easy to follow guide on how to do this. Why do so many want to complicate this?
    My only quible, sas2flash.efi is now sas2flsh.exe.

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