Setting Up a RAID on most Alienware Systems [HOW-TO]

Oct 26, 2012
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The following article will guide you through the steps to create a RAID array on the following Alienware models:



- M17x (R2 and R3)

- M18x

- Aurora

- Area 51


What do you need to build a RAID?


- Alienware system supporting RAID (See table below)

- 2 identical hard drives for RAID 0 and RAID 1

- 4 identical hard drives for RAID 10 (0+1) (Aurora and Area 51 only)

- 3 identical hard drives for RAID 5 (Aurora and Area 51 only)



The table below shows the types of RAID supported by Alienware systems


Dont understand the different types of RAID's click here ---> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID


Enabling RAID on your computer


M17x R2



Enter the System Setup (BIOS) by pressing F2 at the Alienware logo screen

Navigate to SATA Operation under Advanced Tab.

Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight SATA Operation and press <Enter>.

Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight RAID, press <Enter>, and then press <Esc>.

Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight RAID OPROM UI, press <Enter>, and then set it to Enabled.

Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight RAID Mode Selection , press <Enter>, and then set RAID 0 / RAID 1 as Enabled or Disabled.

Press the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight Save/Exit and press <Enter> to exit System Setup and resume the boot process.


M17x R3 and M18x


Enter the System Setup (BIOS) by pressing F2 at the Alienware logo screen

Navigate to SATA Operation under Advanced Tab.

Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight SATA Operation and press <Enter>.

Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight RAID, press <Enter>, and then press <Esc>.

Press the left- and right-arrow keys to highlight Save/Exit and press <Enter> to exit System Setup and resume the boot process.


Aurora R3 and R4


Enter the System Setup (BIOS) by pressing F2 at the Alienware logo screen

Navigate to SATA Operation under Advanced Tab.

Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight SATA Operation and press <Enter>.

Use the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight RAID, press <Enter>, and then press <Esc>.

Press the Esc to go back to the main menu

Navigate to Advanced BIOS Features

Navigate to OptionRom Display Screen and press Enter

Select Display from the list and press Enter

Press F10 to Save/Exit and press Enter to exit System Setup and resume the boot process.


Aurora R1, Aurora R2 and Area 51


Enter the System Setup (BIOS) by pressing F2 at the Alienware logo screen

Navigate down to Integrated Devices and press Enter

Navigate down to Configure SATA 1-6 as and press Enter

Choose RAID from the list and press Enter

Press F10 to Save/Exit and press Enter to exit System Setup and resume the boot process.



Setting up RAID


Press <Ctrl><i> when you are prompted to Enter the Intel® RAID Option ROM utility.

(first screen at bootup)

Press the up- and down-arrow keys to highlight Create RAID Volume, then press <Enter>.

Enter a RAID volume name or accept the default name, then press <Enter>.

Press the up- and down-arrow keys to select the desired option RAID0 (Stripe), RAID1 (Mirror), RAID 5 (Spanning)

or RAID1+0 (Mirror+Stripe) then press <Enter>.

If there are more than two hard drives available, press the up- and down-arrow keys and spacebar to select the

number of drives you want to use to make up your configuration, then press <Enter>.

NOTE:
Select the strip size closest to the size of the average file you want to store on the RAID volume. If you do not know the average file size, choose 128 KB as your strip size.

Press the up- and down-arrow keys to change the strip size, then press <Enter>.

Select the desired capacity for the volume, then press <Enter>.

The default value is the maximum available size.

Press <Enter> to create the volume.

Press <y> to confirm that you want to create the RAID volume.

Confirm that the correct volume configuration is displayed on the main Intel® RAID Option ROM utility screen.

Press the up- and down-arrow keys to select Exit, and then press <Enter>.

Proceed to reinstall your operating system.

SOURCE: http://support.dell.com
 
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mokikia3

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Dec 28, 2012
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thank you for the information, but if you could provide info for Alienware M14x R2

Hi, thank you for your informative post, but is there any chance to show how to setup RAID for Alienware M14x R2.
Thanks