Custom Configuration

Custom configuration helps you build your storage space manually by stepping you through the process of creating logical drives, setting RAID levels, and configuring other settings.

To build your storage space with the Custom configuration method:

  1. In the Enterprise View, select a system, then select a controller on that system.

    Note how many available disk drives are connected to the controller; this information will be helpful as you create the logical drives 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. Select a RAID level, then click Next.
    Note: Not all RAID levels are supported by all controllers. For example, RAID 5EE and JBODs are supported on Adaptec Series 6 controllers only.

    See Selecting the Best RAID Level for more information about RAID levels.

  5. Select the disk drives and SSDs (Solid State Drives) that you want to include in the logical drive. Be sure to select the right number of drives for the RAID level you selected.

    Note: maxView Storage Manager allows you to create hybrid RAID drives that maximize performance in logical drives that include SSDs. For more information about hybrid RAID, see Creating a Hybrid RAID Logical Drive.
  6. Click Next.
  7. (Optional) In the RAID Attributes panel, customize the logical drive settings. You can:
    • Enter a name for the logical drive. Names can include any combination of letters and numbers, but cannot include spaces.
    • Set a smaller logical drive size (by default, a new logical drive uses all available disk space).
    • Change the stripe sizeā€”the amount of data written per disk in the logical drive. (The default stripe size usually provides the best performance.)
    • Set the build method to Build, Clear, or Quick. The build method determines how a logical drive is initialized (prepared for reading and writing), and how long initialization will take.
    • Set the build priority to: High, Medium, or Low.
    Note: By default, maxCache read and write caching is enabled for a logical drive. Be sure to disable maxCache if you have not created a maxCache Container. (You can enable maxCache later, after you create the container.) For more information, see Adding maxCache to Local Storage.
    image/svg+xml Disable maxCache if you have not created a maxCacheContainer

    See Fine-tuning Logical Drives for details about customizing the settings in the RAID Attributes panel.

  8. Click Next, then review the logical drive settings.

    This example shows a RAID 5 logical drive ready to be created.

    To make changes, click Back.

  9. Click Finish.

    maxView Storage Manager builds the logical drive. Use the Event Log and Task Log to track build progress.

  10. If you have other disk drives or available disk space and want to create additional logical drives, repeat Steps 2 to 9 for each logical drive that you want to create on the controller.
  11. Repeat Steps 1 to 10 for each controller in your storage space, as needed.
  12. Partition and format your logical drives. See Partitioning and Formatting Your Logical Drives for more information.

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