Introduction to Software RAID

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Introduction to Software RAID

Software RAID supported on Dell systems are: S140 for 14G, S130 for 13G and S110 for 12G.

  • S140 –  S140 is Software RAID solution on 14th generation of PowerEdge R740/R740xd, R640, R940, C6400, C6420, R440, T440, T640, R540, M640, and FC640 systems. The S140 controller supports up to 24 NVMe PCIe SSDs, SATA SSDs, SATA HDDs depending on your system backplane configuration.

      You can configure the RAID system, create and manage multiple disk groups, control and monitor multiple RAID systems, and provide online maintenance by using:

    • BIOS Configuration Utility (Ctrl+R)
    • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) RAID Configuration Utility
    • Dell OpenManage Storage Management
    • Lifecycle Controller

    High-level specifications:

    • Supports 512 native and 512e drives.
    • Supports software-based RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10 on chipset-connect SATA and NVMe drives
    • Supports I/O controller - Intel C621 (C620 series chipset)
    • Supports PTR (Prepare to remove) for NVMe Non-RAID drives

 

  • S130 – S130 is Software RAID solution on 13th generation of PowerEdge systems. It supports up to 10 chipset connect SATA drives.

              NOTE: The S130 is not supported on PowerEdge R930, C6320, and C6320p systems.

                You can configure the RAID system, create and manage multiple disk groups, control and monitor multiple RAID systems, and provide online maintenance by using:

    • BIOS Configuration Utility (Ctrl+R)
    • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) RAID Configuration Utility
    • Dell OpenManage Storage Management
    • Lifecycle Controller

                High-level specifications:

    • Supports 512 native, 512e drives, and 4Kn native drives
    • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10.
    • Supports I/O controller—Intel X99 and Intel C236 chipsets

          NOTE: The Intel C236 chipset is supported only on PowerEdge R330, R230, T330, and T130 systems.

 

  • S110 - The S110 controller is a software RAID solution available on all the 12G PowerEdge systems. It supports up to 4 chipset SATA drives.

                 You can configure the RAID system, create and manage multiple disk groups, control and monitor multiple RAID systems, and provide online maintenance by using:

    • BIOS Configuration Utility (Ctrl+R)
    • Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) RAID Configuration Utility
    • Human Interface Infrastructure (HII) 

                 High-level specifications:

    • Supports RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 10
    • Supports I/O Controller HUB (ICH) or Platform Controller Hub (PCH) chipset

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Installing Windows/Linux operating systems on Dell SWRAID controllers playlist

  1. Installing Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 on PERC S130 controller by using virtual media in UEFI mode
  2. Installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 Service Pack 1 on PERC S130 controller by using virtual media
  3. Swapping RAID type between Windows and Linux operating systems by using software RAID HII
  4. To enable software RAID on Dell’s 13th generation of PowerEdge systems or later