Adding another Array on existing INTEL RAID controller


 I have Intel RS3DC080 RAID controller and currently RAID 10 is setup with multiple 10 HDs with 1 global hot spare. On this server,  there are 16 hot swap HD bays and 11 is occupied.
 I need to perform some tests on this computer. Without loosing current RAID 10 array (because it has the data on the partition), I like to add one hard drive just for testing purposes and NEED TO BE ALBE TO BOOT FROM THIS NEW HD instead of booting from existing RAID 10 partition.
 How can I do that?
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There are of lot of intel RAID controller, so can not exactly report for your device but in general.
If you have setup a RAID on a controller and you have additional free bays, which are connected to the same controller, you can setup additional RAIDs or even a single Disc with the not used drives.
The one RAID doesn't affect the other.
I have two RAIDs on a single Intel controller and serveral different RAID combinations on several Adaptec controllers.  

To make the disc bootable, you have to go to the controller BIOS end enable the boot option (if not already active). If you activated the boot option, you may see the RAID device in your computer bios and define it as boot device, or press F6 (keys are different on some machines) to boot into the boot manager. Boot manager allows you to boot into any disc without changing the general boot order.

More complicate (or even not) is the caser, if you want to install a bootable OS on this disc. The OS Installer has to recognize the disc and you may have to provide drives before the OS can see the drive.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
I did not know there was a boot option in controller BIOS. I always had only one RAID in every RAID controller that I have installed in my life.
OK. I will go to controller BIOS, create a new RAID 1 using this single HD and look for "BOOT" option.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
BIOS1BIOS2BIOS3BIOS4When I look at Virtual Disk Mgmt screen, new 500GB SSD HD does not show up there.
When I select the NEW HD and press [F2] in PD Mgmt screen, I don't see an option to make it available - I can only choose Locate, Drive Erase and Prepare for Removal.
I think this HD should show up in VD Mgmt screen for me to create a new array.
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If it is Intel, you also can install the RAID controller Software and do it there....
(Creating and checking the RAID)...

In the picture you see a Multi RAID configuration in Intel Web-Console 2

But Controller BIOS is also fine....

If do not want to boot from a RAID, the boot option can be disabled in the controller BIOS, then the RAID is just not visible by the BIOS, but loaded from the OS.
If you want to boot from a disc, which is controlled by the controller, the boot option has to be enabled in the controller....

In the Controller Picture the SSD is shown, but you have to create a new logical drive and attach the disc to this new logical device.
New logic device is a single drive devices, as a RAID need more than 1 disk.
If the logical device is really, it is usable.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
I found out that I had to put the new HD right next to the last physical HD in order for the new HD to show up.
Then the un-configured good HD showed up on Virtual Drive menu and I create a RAID 1 with it.
New HD in VD Menu
Thank for your help.

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For Raid 1 you need at least two disc...., your picture shows RAID 0
And yes, you create a new drive group and add drives there...
The result is a virtual drive, which contains the physical drives...

The virtual drive is what you can see from BIOS or OS perspective...
So the OS shows the virtual drive just as a normal hard disc.
sgleeAuthor Commented:
I moved the new hard drive to the very next hot swap bay and it showed up in VD configuration screen.
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