Dell PERC RAID Controller Configuration

The Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller Card Configuration Utility (BIOS) is accessed by hitting CTRL-R (or CTRL-C) at System Startup. From here, you can setup new RAID Arrays and maintain existing ones.

There are normally three options within the Configuration Utility:

  • Virtual Disk Management (these are the “Disks” that the Operating System can “see”)
  • Physical Disk Management (these are the physical disks attached to the Controller Card)
  • Controller Management

If you have an existing RAID Configuration, you may wish to think carefully before selecting any of the following options:

  • “Easy Configuration” will WIPE the existing Configuration / Disks
  • “New Configuration” will WIPE the existing Configuration / Disks
  • “Initialise” will WIPE the existing Configuration / Disks
  • “Clear” will WIPE the existing Configuration / Disks

Dell has various RAID Controller Cards available. Below is a summary of the more common ones:

PERC H200

This is an “entry level” card that only supports RAID 0; RAID 1 and RAID 10. Also, the number of Virtual Disks is limited to two. So, an ideal configuration would be a RAID 1 array for the Operating System and a second RAID 1 array to house the Data.

PERC 6/i

This card supports RAID 0,1,5,6,10.

PERC H700

This card supports RAID 0,1,5,6,10

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