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Unable to setup RAID 5/6 on System 3650 m5

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Hello Experts

We have Lenovo System 3650 m5
We are trying to configure RAID 5/6 on this server using BIOS and Lenovo Server Guide but both options are greyed out and not allowing to select RAID 5/6

Its allowing to select RAID 1, 0 and 10

Server has 8 HDD inserted

The server has ServeRAID m1215 Adapter with firmware version 4.290.02

What could be the issue please can someone help

Many thanks
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Paid for the optional RAID5 upgrade?  (Controller only does 0 and 1 out of the box)?
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RAID 5 is unreliable and obsolete. I can't recommend it at all. RAID 6 would be a good option, but your controller can only be upgraded via the following feature code: A5H5 to support RAID 5. You would have to order this at Lenovo, and you then get a key so you can upgrade your controller to support RAID 5. But as I said, don't use RAID 5 so there is no need to order that feature. Just create several RAID 1 volumes.

If you want to use RAID 6, then you need to get the other RAID controller that is supported by your system, the ServeRAID m5210. As that controller also doesn't support RAID 6 out of the box, you would additionally have to get the feature code: A3Z5. Also here you would get an upgrade key with which you can enable RAID 6 on your controller.
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Thank You Guys for the suggestions
I guess I've received a upgrade keys but I need to check and verify
I'll get back to you shortly

@rindi Yes we will configure RAID 6
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Then you will need the other controller. Your current one will not support RAID6.
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Are you sure ?
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Yes. Check page 2 of the pdf in the link below about that controller, the upgrade key can only enable RAID 5:

https://lenovopress.com/tips1174.pdf

Below is the instructions for the other controller. In table 1 you'll see that there is an upgrade to RAID 5, and another for RAID 6:

https://lenovopress.com/tips1069-serveraid-m5210-sas-sata-controller#product-families
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Thank you guys
I entered the upgrade activation keys and it works like charm

Thanks a lot
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