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. If the driver binary is an iso image, use a writable CD instead of a flash drive.

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

  1. Open a browser window, then type 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, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 x64 or Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6; 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. Select the Images file only if you are installing the driver on an existing operating system (for more information, see Installing the Driver on an Existing Operating System). Adaptec also provides DKMS source code for a variety of Linux distributions, including pre-compiled DKMS drivers for Red Hat 6 and Cent OS 6 (see Red Hat Linux 6, Cent OS 6 with Dynamic Kernel Module Support).
  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.

    For VMware and Citrix XenServer, see Step 8.

  8. If the driver binary is an iso image ̶ for instance, for VMware 4.1 or Citrix XenServer ̶ burn the iso to a writeable CD. Use whatever tool you prefer to burn the CD, such as an interactive, GUI-based, tool or the Linux command line.
    Note: For VMware ESXi 5.x, see Installing with VMware ESXi 5.x.
  9. Remove and label the driver disk.
  10. Continue the installation with the instructions for your operating system.

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