Archived:Set Up NI HDD-8265 RAID Configuration

Updated Sep 10, 2020

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Environment

Hardware

  • HDD-8265

Operating System

  • Windows

This tutorial shows you how to download and set up the Areca Management Software to interact with the NI HDD-8265. Once the device is set up, you will learn how to configure or re-configure the RAID type and utilization of the device.

Download the Areca Management Software

The NI HDD-8265 (6, 12, or 24 Terabyte across 12 drives) uses the Areca Management Software. This should ship with the 8265 driver DVD, but can also be accessed through Areca Management Software. 

 

To fully access the information and configuration of your HDD-8265, you will need to install the drivers and HTTP client. 

 

  1. Connect your PXI Controller to the network. Connect the HDD-8265 to the chassis and power up.
  2. Download the driver for your device and OS.

  1. Extract the files into an appropriate file location on your PC (desktop is fine).

  1. In Device Manager, under Storage controllers, find the RAID device, right-click and select Update Driver Software, manually point to the drivers folder that you downloaded and unzipped. Now the drivers are installed. 

  1. From the Areca Website, download and install the ArcHTTP client. This will involve clicking the version number to download, then extract to an appropriate file location (desktop is fine). Open this folder and launch the install.exe then walk through the installer

  1. Now go to the Window Explorer and launch ArcHTTPSrvGUI
  2. This should now pull up a HTTP client window that resembles the window above, and should have your RAID Controller listed (may need to expand a RAID Controller section). If this client does not launch you can go to your web browser and enter http://127.0.0.1:81/ which should take you to the ArcHTTP Configurations page.

 

Identify the Firmware Version

The following steps walk through how to find the current firmware version on the RAID device. 

 

  1. With the ArcHTTPS Configuration page launched, go to the left side of the page. 
  2. Expand SATA RAID Controllers on the left side and select the ARC-1231 Web Management to open another window.
  3. Enter admin for the user name and leave the password blank to enter the RAID Console. (alternatives to try: user is admin, password is 0000)

  1. On the left, click on Information>System Information. Firmware Version is the second option listed.

 

Configure the RAID Level

The next steps will describe the process of configuring the device into RAID0, which will maximize the streaming speed. However RAID0 is not fault tolerant, like other RAID levels (ie. RAID5).

 

  1. Delete any previous RAID sets by clicking Delete RAID Set under RAID Set Functions. Confirm the Operation, then click Submit.

  1. Click Create RAID Set under RAID Set Functions.
  2. Select all 12 drives. Click Confirm the Operation, then click Submit.

  1. Click Create Volume Set under Volume Set Functions.

  1. Click Submit to create a volume set on the RAID set you just created.
  2. Change Volume RAID Level to RAID0
  3. Change Greater Two TB Volume Support to 4K Block.
  4. For best performance in fault-tolerant RAID modes, set Volume Cache Mode to Write Back. This setting allows the RAID card to hold the data in local memory that has not been written to disk. 

  1. Click Confirm the Operation and click Submit.
 

Partition and Format

Windows XP

  1. Open your disk management console by pressing <Windows-R>.
  2. Enter diskmgmt.msc and press <Enter>. The Initialize Disk window should open automatically. If it does not, right-click the minus symbol within a red circle on the disk you are trying to initialize and select Initialize Disk.
  3. Ensure that your virtual disk is selected for initialization and click OK. Your disk now shows up as unallocated in the Disk Management utility with a black bar across the top.
  4. Right-click on the unallocated disk and select New Partition to launch the New Partition Wizard.
  5. Select Next to move to Partition Type. Choose your partition type and click Next.
  6. In Specify Partition Size, the maximum partition size is chosen by default. Click Next.
  7. In Assign Drive Letter or Path, you may assign a drive letter to your partition. Choose a drive letter and click Next.
  8. In Format Partition, change the Allocation Unit size to 64 KB, which improves performance in sequential read and write applications.
  9. Select Perform a quick format and click Next.
  10. Click Finish to exit the New Partition Wizard.

 

Windows 7

  1. Open your disk management console by pressing <Windows-R>.

  1. Enter diskmgmt.msc and press <Enter>. The Initialize Disk window opens.
  2. Choose GPT and click OK. Your disk now shows up as unallocated in the Disk Management utility with a black bar across the top.

  1. Right-click on the unallocated disk.
  2. Select New Simple Volume to launch the New Simple Volume Wizard.
  3. In Specify Volume Size, the maximum volume size is chosen by default. Click Next.
  4. In Assign Drive Letter or Path, you may assign a drive letter to your new volume. Choose a drive letter and click Next.
  5. In Format Partition, change the Allocation Unit size to 64 KB, which improves performance in sequential read and write applications.
  6. Ensure that Perform a quick format is selected and click Next.

  1. Click Finish to exit the New Simple Volume Wizard.