Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

How to Configure Raid 5 on Perc 6i

Posted on 2009-04-06
3
2,398 Views
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
Hello all,

I have just bought a new Dell Poweredge Server. The Server has a Perc6i Raid Controller. The server also has 8x450GB HotPlug SAS drives.

To my knowledge if I setup Raid5 I should have approx 3TB of useable space. When I setup up the raid, reboot and start installing W2k8 at the hard-disk section I do get 2.9TB of space.

Now I partition the drive to have 300GB and was going to leave the rest for the other partition. The moment I do so I get the 3 partitions, the 300GB I created, a 1.7TB useable partition and an 800GB unuseable partition.

Can some of you tell me why this is happening? I have setup the Raid from the onboard controller and all looked fine. It also told me I would have about 2.9TB space but maybe I am missing something.

Thanks in advance. Cheers
0
Comment
Question by:devereandpartners
  • 2
3 Comments
 
LVL 18

Accepted Solution

by:
BigSchmuh earned 500 total points
ID: 24097212
I think the problem comes from the MBR 2TB partition limit.
This MBR partition format does not allow enough sectors to be accounted for more than 2TB (even if it displays the correct number of sectors from your 3TB volume)
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record

Another partition format named GPT allows for larger partition ... but it allows booting only on EFI compatible motherboard (Itanium and some rare others...but no PowerEdge servers)

May be, you can set 2 arrays of less than 2TB each:
-1 raid 5 using 3x450GB (900GB)
-1 raid 5 using 5x450GB (1.8TB)
OR
-1 raid 5 using 8x290GB (<2TB)
-1 raid 5 using 8x160GB (1.1TB)
OR
-1 raid 10 using 4x (2x 450GB) (1.8TB) which would be really easier to manage and won't have the write performance problem you will got with raid 5
0
 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:BigSchmuh
ID: 24203056
Thanks !

By the way, which raid conf did you choose finally ?
0
 

Author Comment

by:devereandpartners
ID: 24203104
I made the entire Raid 5 Partition. In the Bios I then split into 2 virtual disk of 150Gig and 2.9TB.

During Windows setup I formatted the installed on the 150Gig Parition.

After installation I went into Disk Management and formatted the other parition as GPT and it used all the space. During installation windows just makes it MBR which doesn't support more then 2TB as stated.

Thanks again for you help!
0

Featured Post

PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Usually shares are where we want them for our users and we tend to take them for granted. There are times, however, when those shares may disappear causing difficulty for your users. One of the first things to try is searching for files that shou…
Storage devices are generally used to save the data or sometime transfer the data from one computer system to another system. However, sometimes user accidentally erased their important data from the Storage devices. Users have to know how data reco…
This video Micro Tutorial explains how to clone a hard drive using a commercial software product for Windows systems called Casper from Future Systems Solutions (FSS). Cloning makes an exact, complete copy of one hard disk drive (HDD) onto another d…
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…

809 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question