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Hp Proliant ML350 g6 Server , RAID 5 Config

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Hp Proliant ML350 g6 Server , RAID 5 Config

kiranchinnu
Hello all,

Help will be greatly appreciated.

We have got new hp proliant 350g6 server with 4 x 300gb hard drives with HP Smart Array P410i/256MB Controller (RAID 0/1/1+0/5/5+0).

My problem is that I never done RAID5 configuration till now.

So with help of hp smart start cd I managed to setup it as raid 5 but I am not sure whether I did correctly or not.

In this regard I have 2 questions

1. When I installed win server2003, when I go to disk management C drive shows as 838gb, is this right ?

2. I want to configure these hard drives as drive C:(60gb) drive D:(240gb) on raid5 , how can I do this pls ?

Pls help.

Thanks in Advance
Kiran.
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    Churdoo

    Sounds like you're not in Production yet so you can probably re-install the server.

    Question #1:
    a single 838GB disk visible in Disk Mangler sounds about right for a 4x 300GB Disk RAID 5. i.e. you get 3 of the disks worth of capacity, so 900GB less formatting efficiency/rounding, therefore 838GB is about right.

    Queston #2:
    In your install attempt, you missed a spot in Smart Start where you indicate how large to make the System Volume and so Smart Start used the default of using the entire raid volume.

    You don't have to re-create the array, but at this point you can:
    option 1) re-install the O/S beginning with Smart Start, paying closer attention and indicate 60GB where it asks for the volume size, or
    option 2) use a server re-partitioning software to resize your system volume to 60GB

    Once you have your O/S on the 60GB system volume, create your desired drive in Disk Manager.

    If this server is not in Production, I would opt for the re-install.

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    kiranchinnu

    thank you verymuch for the reply , very helpfull.

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    CG IT

    in there is the "how to" to setup the server and partition the RAID array.

    Read the documentation.

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    Churdoo

    Sounds like you're not in Production yet so you can probably re-install the server.

    Question #1:
    a single 838GB disk visible in Disk Mangler sounds about right for a 4x 300GB Disk RAID 5. i.e. you get 3 of the disks worth of capacity, so 900GB less formatting efficiency/rounding, therefore 838GB is about right.

    Queston #2:
    In your install attempt, you missed a spot in Smart Start where you indicate how large to make the System Volume and so Smart Start used the default of using the entire raid volume.

    You don't have to re-create the array, but at this point you can:
    option 1) re-install the O/S beginning with Smart Start, paying closer attention and indicate 60GB where it asks for the volume size, or
    option 2) use a server re-partitioning software to resize your system volume to 60GB

    Once you have your O/S on the 60GB system volume, create your desired drive in Disk Manager.

    If this server is not in Production, I would opt for the re-install.

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    kiranchinnu

    thank you verymuch for the reply , very helpfull.

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    CG IT

    in there is the "how to" to setup the server and partition the RAID array.

    Read the documentation.