RocketRAID 600L Series
6Gb/s SATA PCI-Express 2.0 RAID HBA
Quick Installation Guide
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Table of Contents
HighPoint RocketRAID 600L Series HBA .......................................3
Kit Contents..................................................................................3
Board Layout ................................................................................4
Hardware Installation................................................ ...................5
Using the RocketRAID 600L Series HBA........................................ 5
Customer Support ........................................................................9
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HighPoint RocketRAID 600L Series HBA
HighPoint RocketRAID 600L series 6Gb/s SATA HBAs deliver
considerable cost-savings without sacrificing either performance or
reliability. These Second Generation SATA 6Gb/s host controllers utilize
a PCI-Express 2.0 x4 host bus interface, and support non-RAID and
RAID configurations of today’s fastest SATA 6Gb/s devices.
The 4-Port RocketRAID 600L series HBA is powered by HighPoint’s
industry-proven RAID Technology. The intuitive BIOS and web-based
Management interfaces allow you to quickly and easily configure RAID
0, 1, 5, 10 and JBOD arrays.
RocketRAID 600L Series HBA Family:
1. RocketRAID 640L - 4 SATA Ports
2. RocketRAID 642L - 2 SATA Ports and 2 eSATA Ports
3. RocketRAID 644L - 4 eSATA Ports
4. RocketRAID 644LS - 1 Mini-SAS Port
Kit Contents
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RocketRAID 600L card
Quick Installation Guide
SATA 6G cable and Low Profile Bracket (for RocketRAID 640L,
RocketRAID 642L and RocketRAID 644LS)
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Board Layout
RocketRAID 600L PCB board Layout
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Connector and Jumper description
Connector
RocketRAID
640L
RocketRAID
642L
RocketRAID
644L
RocketRAID
644LS
A1
Active LED PIN
N/A
F1
Fail LED PIN
N/A
J1
I2C Connector
Beep 1
Port
Connector
N/A
Alarm Buzzer
SATA
SATA and
eSATA
eSATA
Mini-SAS
Active/FAIL LED PIN connector:
A 1-Pin connection from the HBA to an LED on the chassis. For detailed
LED connection requirements and display information, please refer to the
FAQ:
http://www.highpointtech.com/websupport/kb_view_article_noauth.php?id=32
Hardware Installation
Installing the RocketRAID 600L Series HBA
Note: Make sure the system is powered-off before installing the
RocketRAID 600L Series HBA.
1. Open the system chassis and locate an unused PCI-E (2.0/1.0) (x4,
x8, x16) slot or (3.0) (x16) slot.
2. Remove the PCI slot cover.
3. Gently insert the RocketRAID 600L HBA into the PCI-E slot, and
secure the bracket to the system chassis.
4. After installing the adapter, attach the hard disks or disk enclosure to
the RocketRAID 600L HBA using the appropriate cables (SATA or MiniSAS).
5. Close and secure the system chassis.
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Using the RocketRAID 600L Series HBA
RocketRAID 600L HBA BIOS mode
The RocketRAID 600L HBA has two BIOS modes:
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Bootable BIOS:
This is the default BIOS mode, and is required in order to boot from a
drive or array hosted by the HBA.
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Non-Bootable:
This mode is used for pure data storage. The system’s boot drive
cannot be hosted by the HBA.
BIOS configuration
1. Bootable BIOS Configuration:
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The HBA needs to have the bootable BIOS installed
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When booting up the system, press CTRL + H during the HighPoint
RocketRAID splash screen to enter the BIOS RAID creation utility.
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Navigate to Settings using arrow keys.
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Press Enter.
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Press Enter again.
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Select the desired RAID array.
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You will return to the main screen once the boot flag is set
2. Non-Bootable BIOS Configuration:
The HBA must be updated using the Quick BIOS download. This mode is
only suitable for Windows and Linux PC’s. To update the BIOS:
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Install the HBA (no drives attached) and boot the operating system.
Download the Quick BIOS and extract the compressed file to a
directory of your choice.
Open the WebGUI.
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Click the Physical page tab – there is a Firmware update check box
towards the bottom of the page.
Input the Quick BIOS file name and click Submit to start the firmware
update.
Note: Do not cancel the update process, or power down/restart the system
until the update is complete. Doing so may damage the HBA.
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Shutdown and reboot the system. The HBA BIOS display should now
be disabled, and the system should boot directly into the OS.
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If you are unable to use the WebGUI to update the Quick BIOS, please
submit a support inquiry using our Online Web Support Portal.
Support representatives will provide other methods to update the
BIOS:
http://www.highpoint-tech.com/websupport
To get the Quick BIOS file associated with your card, please visit the
product download page:
http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series_rr600download.htm
For any other BIOS boot related issues, please refer to the FAQ:
http://www.highpointtech.com/websupport/kb_view_article_noauth.php?id=161
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Driver and RAID Management software Installation (Windows)
1. After installing the RocketRAID 600L series host adapter, boot tothe
Windows operating system.
2. Windows should automatically detect the card, and display
the“Found New Hardware Wizard”.
3. Download the Driver from HighPoint website.
4. Extract the Driver package to a Windows folder.
5. Follow the “Found New Hardware Wizard”:
Select “Locate and install driver software”. When Windows
ask“Windows needs your permission to continue”, select
“Continue”.Browse to the location of the driver and click “Next”.
Continue the driver installation follow the Wizard.
Reboot the system when prompted. The RocketRAID host adapter
will be ready for use after Windows reboots.
6. Download the HighPoint RAID Management software fromHighPoint
website.
7. Extract the package and double click the .exe file to Install WebGUI.
8. After the setup is completed, double click the program shortcut
onthe Windows desktop to run HighPoint RAID
Managementsoftware:
Please refer to the online guide for “How to Use Web RAID
Management Utility”: http://www.highpoint-tech.com/help/
Driver and Software Installation (Linux, FreeBSD and OS X)
Please refer to the README file and Installation Guide under the
driver folder for the installation steps.
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Customer Support
If you encounter any problems while utilizing the RocketRAID
seriesHBA, or have any questions about this or any other
HighPointTechnologies, Inc. product, feel free to contact our
Customer SupportDepartment.
Web Support:
http://www.highpoint-tech.com/websupport/
HighPoint Technologies, Inc. websites:
http://www.highpoint-tech.com
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