Configure Factory RAID Settings for the NI HDD-8264

Updated Oct 28, 2019

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Hardware

  • HDD-8264

Issue Details

 I would like to reformat my NI HDD-8264. What steps need to be taken to do this?

Solution

To reformat your HDD-8264 RAID, follow the procedure below.
  1. Open the MegaRAID Configuration Utility and connect to the NI HDD-8264. When looking at the Physical Tab, make sure that there aren’t any foreign disks in your system
    • Note: If there are any foreign disks, reference Locating and Repairing Foreign Disks on the NI HDD-8264 in the Additional Information.
  2. To configure the system, select the Logical Tab and right-click on MegaRAID SAS 84016E. From the menu, select Configuration»Configuration Wizard.
  3. In the MegaRAID Storage Manager, choose the Manual Configuration option and click Next.
  4. In the Array Selection window, select all the drives in your system. In this case you should select all 12 drives in your HDD-8264. Once they are all selected, click Add.
  5. At this point, you will see the selected drives appear under Available Arrays. Click Accept and then Next.
  6. In the Virtual Disk Creation window, look for the Virtual Disk Properties section on the right hand side. There are four areas you will need to change to match your system, which are listed below. When you are finished, click Accept and then Next.
    • RAID Level : RAID-0
    • Size (in MB): 2000000
    • Stripe Size: 256 K
    • Disk Cache Policy: Enables
  7. On the next screen, you will see the disks configured with your settings. Select Finish
    • Note: If you are using a 32-bit operating system such as Windows XP or Windows Visa/7 32-bit, you will not be able to configure a partition size larger than 2TB. To configure the last 1 TB, you will need to follow the same steps (shown below) for the remaining space on the RAID. For more information, refer to Windows support for hard disks that are larger than 2 TB
  8. Again, select Logical Tab and right-click on MegaRAID SAS 84016E. From the menu select Configuration»Configuration Wizard.
  9. When the MegaRAID Storage Manager opens, select the Manual Configuration option.
  10. In the Array Selection window, click Next. The arrays were already selected in our previous steps.
  11. In the Virtual Disk Creation window, you will need to configure the remaining space. You will only need to change three areas because the Size (in MB) is already set for the remaining space. When you are finished, click Accept and then Next.
    • RAID Level : RAID-0
    • Stripe Size: 256 K
    • Disk Cache Policy: Enabled
  12. Once the arrays are configured, they will now appear in the Logical Tab.
  13. On the next screen, you will see the disks configured. Select Finish.
  14. Exit the MegaRAID
Now that you have configured the HDD-8264 in the MegaRAID Utility, you will need to configure it through Windows. You will need to do this following steps for the 2 TB and the 1 TB disks separately. This will ensure that both disks have a disk letter that can be accessed.
  1. Right-click on My Computer and select Manage.
  2. In the Computer Management window, select Disk Management.
  3. In the Disk Management window, you will need to initialize your disks before being able to use them. If your disks are already shown as Online, skip to step 4. Otherwise, if you see Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard dialog box open:
    • On this screen, select Next
    • In the Select Disks to Initialize window, make sure that both of the disks are selected. Click Next
    • In the Select Disks to Convert, do not choose any of the disks. Click Next
    • Click Finish and exit the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard
  4. If you do not see the Initialize and Convert Disk Wizard and your disks are shown as Not Initialized, you can right-click on each disk and select Initialize Disk.
  5. Now, your disks should show that they are in the Online state. Right-click your disks and select Convert to Dynamic Disk....
  6. Select the two disks that we created for the NI HDD-8264. In most cases Disk 0 is the disk on the host, so you choose Disk 1 and Disk 2. Click OK.
  7. Once the Disks are converted to Dynamic, right-click on the disks again in the Disk Management window and select New Volume.
  8. In the New Volume Wizard, select Simple and click Next.
  9. Select the disk that you want to add. It should be done for you already. Click Next.
  10. Select the Assign the following drive letter. It will default to the next drive letter in your system. You can select an alternate drive letter by choose from the drop-down menu. Click Next.
  11. In the Format Volume window, the default settings should be appropriate. Just make sure to add a check to the Perform a quick format box. Then click Next.
  12. Click Finish. You will see the disks formatting in the Disk Management window.
  13. Now if you exit the Disk Management window and open My Computer, you will see the new disks and will be able to access them from your program. You will have one 2 TB disk and one 1 TB disk available for you.

Additional Information

You will most likely see a foreign disk warning when moving/replacing a hard drive in your system. This warning occurs because the RAID system will use a portion of the hard drive to write configuration files. These configuration files reference the specific RAID array that you are using and are unique to your system. Therefore, when they are removed or not found, you will receive that warning. To remove the foreign disk:

  • Right click on MegaRAID SAS 84016E » Scan for Foreign Configuration 
  • Once the Foreign Configuration Wizard opens, select Clear .
  • Select Yes to continue.
  • You will then get a screen that states the clear was successful. Press OK.  The drives will no longer be foreign to the system and you can move forward with setting up your configuration.