Make sure you have physical or console access to the server you wish to create the array on. Select the Array Configuration Utility option to bring the array configuration menu up. Select the initialize drives option to bring up the drive initialization screen. Drives must be initialized before being added to a RAID volume on this controller.

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The ARCU screen appears. Select the Select utility and press Enter. Follow the onscreen instructions to modify the settings of the controller and connected disk drives, as required. Press Esc until you are prompted to exit. If you modified any settings, you are prompted to save the changes before you exit. Select Yes to exit, then press any key to restart your computer.

Any changes you made take effect after the computer restarts. Some options might not be available. Note - Default settings are shown in bold type. When disabled, write cache is not used on the disk drive. It is recommended that you disable write cache on the disk drive. Caution--When write cache is enabled, there is a slight possibility of data loss or corruption during a power failure. Disabling the BIOS allows another controller to act as a bootable device. Automatic Failover When enabled, the controller automatically rebuilds an array when a failed disk drive is replaced.

When disabled, the array must be rebuilt manually. Array Background Consistency Check When enabled, the controller constantly verifies a redundant array. Note that there might be a significant performance reduction. Default is disabled. This is relevant for logical arrays. Displaying the disk drives adds a few seconds to the overall POST time.

Note--CDs are not supported by current software. Alarm Control When enabled, the alarm sounds. Default is enabled. Note--When the alarm is turned off disabled , it automatically turns back on after a reboot. The default setting is Auto, which allows the SAS card to adjust the data transfer rate as required. CRC Checking When enabled, determines whether the controller verifies the accuracy of data transfer on the serial bus.

Default setting is Yes enabled. Set to No disabled only if the controller is connected to a device that does not support CRC Checking. SAS Address In a situation where you want each phy on a controller to be in a different SAS domain, this setting specifies a unique world-wide name for each phy. Default is 0.

Note: This setting is for SAS address conflict resolution only and must otherwise remain at its default value. The utility displays the following information about the status of the battery. Using the Disk Utilities to Manage Disk Drives You can use the disk utilities tool to perform low-level formatting, or to verify your disk drives. Note - New disk drives are low-level formatted at the factory and do not need to be low-level formatted again.

Caution - Before you format a disk drive, back up all data. Formatting destroys all data on a disk drive. This section contains the following subsections:.

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