While rebuilding a large RAID 5 logical drive I had to use parted instead of fdisk. It has been awhile since I had to build a logical drive that was over 2TB so it had been quite awhile since I have used parted which will perform the same basic functions as fdisk and more. Anyhow when first attempting to use parted to create a partition table on the logical volume sitting on top of an Adaptec RAID card with multiple 2TB drives configured as RAID 5 on CentOS Linux I ran into an error. The resolution is easy but needed to note for myself as much as anything else.
I recently got a new desktop computer that has a Asus Z68 Extreme4 Gen3 motherboard in it and wanted to configure RAID 0 on a couple terabyte hard drives to provide better performance and more space to my primary volume. Initially I didn’t see how to configure the RAID as I am used to an external hardware RAID card that has its own BIOS. After a little bit of poking I was able to locate the setting to enable RAID and then configuring it was fairly standard. Below I describe the setting to enable RAID on the Z69 Extreme4 Gen3 mobo and how to configure a new RAID 0 volume once RAID is enabled.
The Dell OpenManage Linux packages have come a long way and are very useful to have installed on any Dell servers you have installed. In fact OpenManage could be considered critical to monitoring Dell hardware for many reasons but consider a single disk in a RAID 1 mirrored group failing and you don’t have physical access to the box. Unless you are constantly monitoring other logs it would make things much easier to receive an alert from monitoring software such as something like Nagios. This way you can feel comfortable at all times that your Dell hardware is in top shape.