HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 and RocketRAID 2300 RAID Controllers Reviewhardnrg - January 24, 2008
The physical installation of the cards is like any other PCI or PCI-E device. Connecting the SATA cables is equally as simple, just push them into the SATA headers on the card.
When you boot up the system with the card installed and hard drives connected, the card will scan for and detect the hard drives.
You can enter the RAID card BIOS and create a RAID array of one of the standard types: RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 1+0, RAID 5, and JBOD. If you are unfamiliar with the various levels of RAID, feel free to take a look through the OCC RAID Guide.
You can rename the array to something more meaningful if you wish.
Then you select the devices (hard drives) that you want in the array. You could set up more than one array, e.g. 2x RAID 0 (each with two drives). If you have two arrays, you can select which one to be the bootable (primary) RAID array. The staggered spin-up option reduces the strain on small power supplies compared to all drives spinning up simultaneously.
Further options in the BIOS allow you to view the connected hard drives and their current status, and view the arrays that have been created.
To be able to boot from the HighPoint RAID array, you need to make sure that the array is the first entry of the Hard Drive Boot Priority in your motherboard BIOS.
If you configured a RAID 5 array, and one of the drives fails, when starting the system you are presented with the following screen after the system POST sequence.