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Dell PERC H710 Array Configuration Guide

This configuration guide will walk you through the process of setting up a RAID array on your Dell PERC H710 controller. Looking to upgrade your RAID? Pick up a Dell H710 RAID controller 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 h710 raid controller

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

    configuration screen for the h710 raid controller

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

    creating a new virtual disk on the perc h710 raid controller

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

    creating a raid on the perc h710 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 on the perc h710 raid controller

    6. Press tab to move the selector into the disk selection block and press space to select or deselect drives. When you have selected the maximum amount of drives the interface will prevent you from adding more drives to the array.

    selecting a drive on the perc h710 raid controller

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

    creating a virtual drive on the perc h710 raid controller
    creating a virtual drive on the perc h710 raid controller

    8. Select the newly created virtual disk in the tree and press F2.

    creating a virtual drive on the perc h710 raid controller

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

    initializing a virtual drive on the perc h710 raid controller

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

    initializing a virtual drive on the perc h710 raid controller
    initializing a virtual drive on the perc h710 raid controller

    11. The 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.

    initializing a virtual drive on the perc h710 raid controller
    initializing a virtual drive on the perc h710 raid controller