How to add second array using Intel Rapid Storage Technology.

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I need to add more space to one of our new customers pre existing server.
Its really a regular pc that is running server software.

the mainboard is a Gigabyte z77x-ud5h. i7-2600k processor.

right now they have 2 256 GB SSD. and they have them setup for raid 1 using intel rapid storage technology version 11.5.4.1001.

We need to add more space but I am not familiar with this kind of raid. I'm used to HP ProLiant servers and dell. that have their own software.

We are going to put in 2 500 GB DHH to make more space but I'm not sure how if this software support 2 separate arrays.
that way I don't have to reinstall the OS>

When I go into intel RST  there is no option to add anything. I don't have the new drives hooked up yet. I was just checking where to add or if you can add more than one array.
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May be it is terminology problem. You should be able to create volumes.

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Ok thanks!! I'm looking online for a simple walkthrough and can not find any.
Are you pressing Ctrl+I during boot or using GUI?
You can find guide here:
Intel RST user guide
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Gui would be best because the user cannot have any downtime.

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I think I found the instructions

Create the second RAID volume using one of the following methods
Intel Rapid Storage Technology user interface
Follow these steps to create a second volume on a RAID array using the Intel Rapid Storage Technology user interface:

Click Start/All Programs/Intel/Intel® Rapid Storage Technology.
Click Create a custom volume.
Select a volume type and click Next.
Name the volume and click Yes: Array_xxxx (this creates a second volume on the existing array).
Click Next.
Click Create Volume.
Click OK to the reminder that you need to partition your volume.
Look at guide in my comment above. Could you make screenshots from GUI?
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Not sure you can add disks hot with Intel RST although you can replace failed ones hot, not that I'm an expert in RST but https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/articles/000005815/technologies.html says turn it off to install the drives.

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