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HighPoint RocketRAID 1740 and RocketRAID 2300 RAID Controllers Review

hardnrg    -   January 24, 2008


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Configuration:

If the HighPoint RAID array is not the system drive, you can delete the current array and create a new one. So here the drives are not configured as an array, and you click on Create Array.

 

 

 

Then you can choose the RAID level of the array, the name of the array, which disks to use, and the capacity of the array (as you can create more than one array using the same disks).

 

In this case, I have created a RAID-5 array on four drives. To benefit from the redundancy of RAID-5, you have to let the array initialize. During this time, you can still use the drives, but the fault tolerance will not work. It takes some time to fully initialize four 250GB drives (~7 hours).

Then you can choose the RAID level of the array, the name of the array, which disks to use, and the capacity of the array (as you can create more than one array using the same disks).

 

So, what if the RAID array is your system drive, you don't have a spare hard drive to boot from, and you want to change the RAID level of the array? As long as the new array is not smaller than the old array, you can do the conversion through the software, and even still carry on working on the system!

Here I have clicked on Maintenance, and selected RAID 0 as the new level for the array.

 

Now you can see the RAID array migrating from RAID 5 to RAID 0. This takes a long time, about 10% per hour, so it was quicker for me to reimage the array using another hard drive. If you were in a situation without drive images or spare hard drives, this feature would prove invaluable.

 

I disconnected one of the hard drives in the four drive RAID 5 array to simulate a drive failure. In the software you can see that the array status has changed to Critical, and one of the drives is not listed. You can see the locations of the drives to easily identify the failed (missing) drive.

 

On reconnecting the drive, rebuilding of the array begins. You can see the current progress of the rebuild and when the rebuild has completed.

 

This software interface is the same for both cards. I was impressed by the amount of settings available and features provided, and how easy it was to manage the arrays. Now it is time to assess the performance aspect of the cards.

 




  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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