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HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 and RocketRAID 2300 RAID Controllers Review

hardnrg    -   January 24, 2008


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Configuration:

When your OS is running, you can install the HighPoint Web RAID Management software, which allows you to view and reconfigure the RAID array(s) connected to the HighPoint RAID controller.

The interface is via your default web browser. You can view the current status of the RAID array, and of the individual hard drives that make up the array.

 

 

If, for example, you had a RAID-5 array consisting of three disks, and had a fourth disk attached but not configured as part of the array, you can set it up to be a spare disk that can be used to rebuild the array in the event of a failure of one of the disks in the array.

 

You can see the various events, and when they occured, in the Event View.

 

The software allows you to schedule health checks of the array at regular intervals.

 

Other settings can activate an Automatic Rebuild in the event of a drive failure (and replacing the failed drive), the onboard beeper on the PCB seen earlier in the review, the priority level of the RAID rebuilding, and whether or not to spin down idle disks to reduce power consumption and noise. SAF-TE is an abbreviation for SCSI Accessed Fault Tolerant Enclosure. This is a hardware-software system whereby advanced chassis can communicate with the software to report temperatures of the system and various system failures. Events can trigger emails so that you can be made aware of any problems with the array, or when the array has completed a rebuild, etc.

 

The Storage Health Inspector reports the current temperature reported by SMART enabled hard drives. In this picture, SMART is not enabled.

 

Enabling SMART on each device reveals the temperature which you can then use to decide on a reasonable maximum threshold temperature that would trigger an alert.

 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Inside The Box)
  3. Installation & Configuration (BIOS)
  4. Configuration (Software)
  5. Configuration (Software continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing (Windows XP - RAID 0)
  8. Testing (Vista 32-bit - RAID 0)
  9. Testing (Vista 64-bit - RAID 0)
  10. Testing (Windows XP - RAID 5)
  11. Testing (Vista 32-bit - RAID 5)
  12. Testing (Vista 64-bit - RAID 5)
  13. Conclusion
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