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Dell PERC 6i Array Configuration Guide

This configuration guide will walk you through the process of setting up a RAID array on your Dell PERC 6i RAID controller. Need a Dell PERC 6i RAID controller? Pick one up below.

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1. Make sure you have physical or console access to the server you wish to create the array on.

bios screen for the perc 6i raid controller

2. Press CTRL-R when prompted to by the BIOS to enter the RAID configuration utility.

choosing a configuration for the perc 6i raid controller

3. Highlight the root element of tree that appears on the screen and press F2.

choosing a virtual disk on the perc 6i raid controller

4. Press enter on the “Create new VD” option which will bring you to the configuration screen for new virtual disks.

choosing a configuration for the perc 6i raid controller

5. Press enter and select the desired RAID level. Only RAID levels the system supports will be available for selection. For basic redundancy with two drives we recommend RAID-1, for more drives we reccomend RAID-5. If you only want one disk in the array select RAID-0.

choosing a raid level for the perc 6i raid controller

6. Press tab to move the selector into the disk selection block and press space to select or deselect drives.

choosing a raid level for the perc 6i raid controller

7. Press tab to move the cursor to the “OK” and hit enter to create your virtual drive.

creating a virtual disk on the perc 6i raid controller

8. Select the newly created virtual disk in the tree and press F2 to open the operations menu.

initializing a virtual disk on the perc 6i raid controller

9. Move the cursor over the “Initialize” button and press the right arrow key to expose a submenu.

creating a virtual disk on the perc 6i raid controller

10. Select the “Fast init” option and press yes when the warning about data loss is displayed.

creating a virtual disk on the perc 6i raid controller

11. While the virtual disk is initializing a progress bar will show next to it and the operations label on the right side will read "Init." When it is done the operations label will read "None."

creating a virtual disk on the perc 6i raid controller
creating a virtual disk on the perc 6i raid controller

12. Your virtual disk is now ready, you can now leave the RAID configuration utility or create another array if you have any remaining disks. Press escape to exit.

exiting the configuration menu on the perc 6i raid controller
exiting the configuration menu on the perc 6i raid controller