Creating a Driver Disk

Download the latest drivers from the Adaptec Web site, then create a driver disk by completing the steps below. You will need a USB flash drive to complete this task.

To download drivers from the Adaptec Web site and create a driver disk:

  1. Open a browser window, then type start.adaptec.com in the address bar.
  2. Select your RAID controller family (Series 7, Series 8, and so on) and controller model.
  3. Select your operating system version, for instance, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 or Microsoft Windows Server 2012 x64; then select the appropriate driver from the list.
    Note: For Linux OSs, the list of drivers typically includes a rpm file and an Images file. You can use either one to install the driver on an existing operating system. The instructions in this chapter use the rpm.
  4. Click Download Now and accept the license agreement.
  5. When the download completes, extract the contents of the driver archive file to a temporary location. If the archive includes drivers for multiple operating system versions (Windows, for instance), each driver is stored in a separate folder, including one each for 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.
  6. Change to the folder for your operating system version, as needed.
  7. Copy the driver binary file or the entire driver folder contents to a USB flash drive.
    Note: For VMware and Citrix XenServer, use a remote copy utility to copy the driver to the local machine; see Installing on VMware and Installing on XenServer..
  8. Remove and label the driver disk.
  9. Continue the installation with the instructions for your operating system.

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