AMD BIOS RAID Installation Guide AMD BIOS RAID Installation Guide is an instruction for you to configure RAID functions by using the onboard FastBuild BIOS utility under BIOS environment. After you make a SATA driver diskette, press <F2> or <Del> to enter BIOS setup to set the option to RAID mode by following the detailed instruction of the “User Manual”...
RAID 5 (Block Striping with Distributed Parity) RAID 5 stripes data and distributes parity information across the physical drives along with the data blocks. This organization increases performance by accessing multiple physical drives simultaneously for each operation, as well as fault tolerance by providing parity data. In the event of a physical drive failure, data can be re-calculated by the RAID system based on the remaining data and the parity information.
1.2 RAID Configurations Precautions Please use two new drives if you are creating a RAID 0 (striping) array for performance. It is recommended to use two SATA drives of the same size. If you use two drives of different sizes, the smaller capacity hard disk will be the base storage size for each drive.
® 1.3 Installing Windows 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit With RAID Functions ® If you want to install Windows 8 / 8 64-bit / 7 / 7 64-bit on a RAID disk composed of 2 or more SATA HDDs with RAID functions, please follow below procedures according to the OS you install.
Create and configure the RAID disk in GPT mode to support RAID disk size over 2TB and speed up system boot time. Note: This method can be applied to AMD A85X, A75, A55 chipsets. AMD has not released the BIOS code to support A88X chipset, please wait for BIOS update in ASRock’s official website: www.asrock.com. STEP 1: Set up UEFI Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY →...
Enter “drvcfg(space)-s(space)<Drv number>(space)<Ctrl number>” and click <Enter> to access RAID Utility. Enter <Logical Drive Main Menu> to set up RAID Drive. Choose <Logical Drive Create Menu> to create a RAID Drive. Choose <Usable Physical Drive List> and select the hard drives to be included in the RAID array. Click <Space>...
Click <Enter> two times. Click <Esc> to return to the previous page and choose <Logical Drive List Menu> to check the logical drive list. Press <F10> to save and exit. Enter UEFI SETUP UTILITY → Boot to set the “Fast Boot” option to <Ultra Fast>. Press <F10> to save change and exit.
1.4 Create Disk Array Power on your system. If this is the first time you have booted with the disk drives installed, the AMD onboard RAID Option ROM Utility will display the following screen. The RAID Option ROM includes a Utility with tools to set up your physical drives as RAID logical drives. The RAID Option ROM Utility can perform these functions: - Monitoring RAID status - Viewing physical drive assignments...
Press 2 on the Main Menu screen to display the Define LD Menu. Press <Ctrl+C> to create a RAID array. Press the arrow keys to highlight an option. Press the spacebar to cycle through logical drive types, including RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 5 and RAID 10.
Press <Ctrl-Y> to input the LD Name. Choose one of the following actions: Use the full capacity of the disk drives for a single logical drive: Please read “One Logical Drive” below. Split the disk drives among two logical drives: Please read “Two Logical Drives” below. One Logical Drive After selecting the logical drive in Disk Assignments as the above-mentioned procedures, press any key (except for <Ctrl-Y>) to use the full portion of the logical drive for one logical drive.
Enter the desired capacity for the first logical drive and press <Enter>. The Define LD Menu displays again. Press <Esc> to exit to the Main Menu. Press <Esc> again to exit the Utility. Press <Y> to restart the computer. You have successfully created a new RAID logical drive. Please install the operating system to your computer by following the detailed instruction of the “User Manual”...
Use the arrow keys to select the hard drives to be included in the RAID array and press <Ins>. The selected hard drives will be shown in green. To use all of the hard drives, simply press <A> to select all. Then press <Enter>. Use the arrow keys to select a RAID level you want.
Select a caching mode and press <Enter> to proceed. Press <C> to confirm and then press <Esc> to return to the previous screen. When completed, you will see the new array on the main screen. Press <Esc> to exit the RAID BIOS utility.
AMD Windows RAID Installation Guide AMD Windows RAID Installation Guide is an instruction for you to configure RAID functions by using RAIDXpert RAID management software under Windows environment. The RAIDXpert software offers local and remote management and monitoring of all AMD SATA logical drives that exist anywhere on a network. Its browser-based GUI provides email notification of all major events/alarms, memory cache management, drive event logging, logical drive maintenance, rebuild, and access to all components in the RAID configuration (server, controller, logical drives, physical drives, and enclosure).
When the Welcome screen appears, click the Next button. When the License Agreement screen appears, click the “I accept the terms of the license agreement” option to proceed with installation. Then click the Next button to continue. Note: If you leave the “I do not accept the terms of the license” option selected, the installation will quit when you click Next.
When the Choose Install Folder screen appears, make your selection of a folder for the RAIDXpert applications you are installing. For example, the Windows default folder is: C:\Program Files\AMD\RAIDXpert If you want a different folder, type its location or click the Choose... button and select a new location. Click the Next button when you are finished.
When the Install Complete screen appears, click the Finish button. 2.4 Logging into RAIDXpert Choose RAIDXpert in the Windows Programs menu. Or, log on manually with your browser: Launch the Browser. In the Browser address field, type the entry explained below. If you did not choose the External Security option during RAIDXpert installation, use the Regular connection.
In the Select Drive Type screen, click the following option: • Free Drives – Select all Free (unassigned) physical drives The Select Drives screen appears. Click the Next button. If you want to split the capacity of your physical drives between two logical drives, enter the capacity for the first logical drive in the Logical Drive Size field.
Click the Next button. The Final Settings screen appears. RAID 0, 5, and 10. Choose a Stripe Block Size from the dropdown menu. The choices are 64 and 128 KB. The Write Cache policy is None. You cannot change this setting. RAID 0, 1, and 5.
Before you can use your new logical drive, you must partition and format the logical drive using your PC’s operating system. 2.8 Connecting to RAIDXpert from the Internet The above instructions cover connections between the Host PC and other PCs using RAIDXpert over your company network.
2.10 Using RAIDXpert to Create RAID Array in Windows (for AMD A88X Chipset) When you install the all-in-one driver to your system from ASRock’s support CD, AMD RAIDXpert2 will be auto-installed as well. Execute RAIDXpert2 in the Windows Programs menu.