How to Verify RAID Setup

How to Verify RAID Setup

To verify the RAID set up on your wall controller simply follow these instructions:

1. Restart the wall controller and press the keyboard delete button when the Boot-Up splash screen is displayed. This will direct you to the BIOS Setup Utility (Fig.1)

2. Use the keyboard arrows to navigate across to the Advanced Tab and the following screen is displayed:

Fig.1
Fig.1

Confirm that Configure SATA#1 as is set to RAID.

3. Press F10 to save and exit the BIOS Utility.

4. When the wall controller restarts press CTRL + i at the BIOS splash screen to enter the RAID BIOS Utility (Fig.2)

Degraded RAID Array

5. If a RAID array degrade this does not necessarily mean that the hard drive or any other hardware within the system is faulty. What it does mean is that there is an inconsistency in DATA across the array. This could be caused by many different factors including a BSOD, the system hanging, an application conflict or power outage.

As stated above, the degrade of a RAID array does not necessarily mean hardware failure but should the problem occur on a regular basis then further diagnostics should be performed/ undertaken. It is recommended, as with any system, that regular backups are made to safeguard information.

Fig.2
Fig.2

6. If a RAID Array is degraded take note of the physical port number and the drive serial number of the degraded disk, which in Fig. 2 is highlighted with an error in red. The working drive is set to Member Disk (o) and is highlighted in green.

7. Use the keyboard arrow key s and navigate to Option 3 on the Main Menu (Reset disks to non-RAID) and press Enter.

8. Use the keyboard arrow keys to select the degraded disk (highlighted in red) and press the keyboard spacebar to assign it for Reset.

WARNING! Ensure the correct disk is selected before continuing.

9. Once the disk has been reset the BIOS RAID Utillity will detect the disk as a new one an a prompt will appear asking if you want to use the selected disk to repair the RAID. Accept and continue.

10. Both disks should now be displayed as Member Disk (x) with the status highlighted in yellow as Rebuild (Fig.2).

11. Exit the Utility by clicking Esc and RAID will commence the rebuild process once the operating system has loaded.

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