Creating a Hybrid RAID Logical Drive

You can combine hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSDs) in a RAID 1 or RAID 10 logical drive to create a hybrid RAID drive. Hybrid RAID leverages the performance benefits of the SSDs in your system by sending read operations to the SSD first; typically, the fastest I/O path.

For a hybrid RAID 1, you must select exactly one HDD and one SSD. For a hybrid RAID 10 you must select an equal number of SSDs and HDDs.

You can use any SSD (or available segment) when creating or modifying a hybrid RAID drive.

To create a hybrid RAID drive:

  1. In the Enterprise View, select a system, then select a controller on that system. Note the number and location of SSDs in your system; for instance, SSD 1 in Slot 1 on Enclosure 1, SSD 2 in Slot 3 on Enclosure 1, and so on. This information will be helpful as you create the hybrid RAID drive in the wizard.
  2. On the ribbon, in the Logical Device group, click Create Logical Drive.

  3. When the wizard opens, select Custom Configuration, then click Next.
  4. In the RAID Level panel, select RAID 1 or RAID 10, then click Next.
  5. Select the hard drives and SSDs that you want to use in the hybrid RAID drive.

    For a RAID 10, be sure to select an even number of SSDs and HDDs!

  6. Click Next, then customize the RAID Attributes, as needed. See Fine-tuning Logical Drives for more information.
  7. Click Next, review the logical drive settings, then click Finish. maxView Storage Manager begins to build the hybrid RAID drive. Use the Event Log and Task Log to track build progress.

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