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Advice on best way to setup raid Gen 8


tomcoleman
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I have a HP Gen 8 micro server

 

I would like to have the drives in RAID 5 by using either windows server 2008 / 2012.

 

I noticed that the drives dont appear in windows untill you push F5 at boot and add them to the HP array.

 

My question is do i create 4 arrays with each array having its own drive, then in windows RAID 5 these?

 

Or do i put them as one array with 4 drives which it will only allow me todo raid 0 then RAID 5 these in windows.

 

 

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Do you have a HP Raid Controller? if so you will have a boot up option.

 

Hardware RAID is create before the OS install. You will see it on boot up...the car listed, with options.

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Ideally, you would want to configure the RAID in hardware with a separate controller card, or failing that use the motherboard raid controller. You don't have a RAID card and the motherboard can only do RAID 0 or 1. You were right the first time, create four individual 'arrays' which the OS will see as four separate disks - you can then software raid them from within Windows.

 

Software raid is really not a good idea though, if you can then see if you can't get hold of a controller card, it'll be much more reliable.

 

John 

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cheers for the replies.

 

I dont have a proper raid 5 card so will have to go with the software for now.

 

I also need to connect my 8 bay DAS which is on a SATA mutiplier card and software RAID the lot together.

 

At the moment im using Windows 2012 R2 and it reboots/BSODs when i go to device manager allot so switching back to WIN2K8

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Try a clean install of 2012 R2.

 

 

This was a clean install of 2012 R2 - Seems to be 100% stabl but when you start configuring and going into device manager it reboots im using RDP & logmein

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