Assigning a Dedicated Disk. Shuttle SN27P2, SN27P2 V2

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Figure 3.7 NVRAIDMAN Free Disk Information

Assigning a Dedicated Disk

To mark a disk as dedicated, or reserve it for use by a specific array,

Step 1: Mark the Disk as a Free Disk

1. Enter the system BIOS setup and make sure that the drive that you want to mark as free is RAID enabled.

2. Enter the RAID BIOS and make sure that the drive is not part of any array (if one exists).

3. Boot into Windows and run the NVRAIDMAN program.

The drive appears under the Free Disk section.

Step 2: Dedicate the Free Disk to an Array

While running NVRAIDMAN, dedicate the free disk to an array using one of the following two methods:

• Method 1: Select a free disk and then assign it to an array.

• Method 2: Select an array and then assign a free disk to it.

Both methods are equally simple ways of accomplishing the same task.

Method 1: Select a free disk and then assign it to an array.

1. Right click one of the available disks under the Free Disk section. The pop-up menu appears.

Figure 3.8 Free Disk Pop-up Menu

2. Select Designate Spare from the menu to launch the Spare

Disk Allocation Wizard.

Figure 3.9 Spare Disk Allocation Wizard

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3. Click Next .

The RAID Array Selection page appears.

Figure 3.10 RAID Array Selection Page

4. From the RAID Array Selection page, select one of the arrays from the list. This is the array to which you want to allocate the dedicated free disk.

Note: In Figure 3.10 there is only one array created on the system.

5. Click Next . The Completing the NVIDIA Spare Disk Allocation page appears.

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Figure 3.11 Completing Spare Disk Allocation Wizard Page

6. Click Finish .

As shown in Figure 3.12, the ST380023AS drive is now a dedicated free disk in the mirrored array. If a system crash occurs that causes any of the two ST360015A drives to fail, the ST380023AS hard drive will take over and be used in the newly formed mirrored array.

Figure 3.12 Designated Spare Disk

Once a dedicated disk has been assigned to a particular array, it can be removed at any time. To remove the disk, right click on the dedicated disk and select the option to remove it.

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Method 2: Select an array and then assign a free disk to it.

1. Right click on the array to which you want to assign a dedicated free disk. The pop-up menu appears.

Figure 3.13 Array Pop-up Menu

2. Select Designate Spare from the menu to launch the Spare Disk

Allocation Wizard.

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Figure 3.14 Spare Disk Allocation Wizard

3. Click Next .

The Free Disk Selection page appears.

Figure 3.15 Free Disk Selection Page

4. From the Free Disk Selection page, select one of the disks from the list.

Note: There can be more than one disk to choose from.

5. Click Next . The Completing the NVIDIA Spare Disk Allocation page appears.

Figure 3.16 Completing the Spare Disk Allocation Wizard Page

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6. Click Finish .

You have now assigned a dedicated free disk to a mirrored array.

Once a dedicated disk has been assigned to a particular array, it can be removed at any time. To remove the disk, right click on the dedicated disk and select the option to remove it.

Example of Dedicating a Free Disk in a RAID 1 or RAID 0+1

Array

You can also assign a dedicated free disk to a RAID 1 or a RAID

0+1 array, using the same process.

1. Right-click either the free disk that you want to dedicate to an array, the array type, or the array drives as shown in Figure

3.17, Figure 3.18, and Figure 3.19. the then click Designate

Spare to launch the Spare Disk Allocation Wizard.

Figure 3.17 Right-clicking the Array Type

Figure 3.18 Right-clicking the Free Disk

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Figure 3.19 Right-clicking the RAID Drives

2. Click Designate Spare and then follow the instructions in the

Wizard. Figure 3.20 shows an example of a RAID 1 array that has one spare disk dedicated to it.

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Figure 3.20 NVRAIDMAN RAID 1 Spare Disk Information

Once a dedicated disk has been assigned to a particular array, it can be removed at any time. To remove the disk, right click on the dedicated disk and select the option to remove it.

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