Upgrading Dell PERC H200 RAID Card to H700

Replacing a Dell PERC H200 to a Dell PERC H700 RAID card is surprisingly easy. These are the steps I followed when upgrading my Dell PowerEdge R510 Server. The H700 Card is much faster than the entry level H200 and it additionally supports RAID 5. So, it is a worthwhile upgrade if you intend to … Continue reading Upgrading Dell PERC H200 RAID Card to H700

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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 … Continue reading Dell PERC RAID Controller Configuration

Dell PERC RAID Controller: Degraded RAID States

The failure of a Hard Disk within an Array will cause the Array to become “Degraded”. The failed disk will be marked as “Offline” within the RAID BIOS. It is always worth trying to force the disk back “Online” before trying anything else. If this doesn't work, replace the faulty Drive ASAP with a brand new drive … Continue reading Dell PERC RAID Controller: Degraded RAID States

Dell PERC RAID Controller: Foreign RAID States

The Dell PERC RAID Configuration BIOS will mark an Array as “Foreign” under the following circumstances: The entire Array has been moved across from another server (and therefore the RAID Card has no knowledge of the Array) There has been a “glitch” on the RAID Card and the configuration has lost details of the existing … Continue reading Dell PERC RAID Controller: Foreign RAID States