Working With Hardware Raids

OK,

Someones going to laugh at me for this question but I'm confused.

I have a hardware raid. with 4 2 tb dirves.
I am going to do an 8 gig raid 5.

My Bios is not EFI so I ned to do 2 partition.

Boot Partition: 200 GIg
Data Partition: 5.8 tb

ok, so this is where I get confused.

In the raid controller bios, do I

1) Create a raid 5 with 200 gb volume
2) Create a raid 5 with a 5.8 tb volume

Or do I create a Volume of 8 tb
and then create the 2tb raid 5's

Any help appreciated




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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You need to create a RAID container of 200 GB and then you should be able to create a RAID container with the rest of the space.  This CAN depend on the RAID controller you use - some may not permit multiple containers.  Each container gets seen as a separate drive and Windows should be ok with that.  If you create just one container, then Windows sees it as one 6 TB drive and has a problem because you don't have an EFI BIOS.
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TheWebGuy38Author Commented:
Ok,

I think I was getting confused because when I go to create an array, it has an option to create a volume.
Which is a simple volume or jbod

but what's weird is. I had 4 x 250 gig drives and I created 2 arrays which were  both raid 5.

but what's weird is, once I put in the 4 x 2tb drives. I now create array 1, any size and it works,
but when I create array 2, it says
either too many arrays, or no space left.

hrmmmm
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andyalderCommented:
What controller have you got?
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TheWebGuy38Author Commented:
adaptec 3405,

I updated the firmware. now everything works fine.
I guess I was doing it right to begin with. But had nevre done it before so was a little confused.

Once I updated the firmware. walla, worked no problem
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CallandorCommented:
If your OS is not 64-bit, it will not recognize volumes larger than 2TB.  You can create RAID arrays which have more than one volume to get around this.
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andyalderCommented:
That's not quite right, as far as Windows is concerned anything past 2003 SP1 32 bit supports GPT and disks greater than 2TiB, but they say it was a firmware problem anyway.
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CallandorCommented:
You're right - I was thinking of the case where you boot from the drive.
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TheWebGuy38Author Commented:
My answer was the solution
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