Express Configuration

When you use Express configuration, maxView Storage Manager automatically creates logical drives by grouping together same-sized physical drives, and assigns RAID levels based on the number of physical drives in a logical drive:

  • A logical drive with three or more physical drives is assigned RAID 5.
  • A logical drive with two physical drives is assigned RAID 1.
  • A logical drive with only a single physical drive becomes a simple volume, which does not offer redundancy.

To create a logical drive with any other RAID level, you must use the custom method, as described on Custom Configuration. See Selecting the Best RAID Level for more information about RAID levels.

With Express configuration, maxView Storage Manager uses all available disk drive space to maximize the capacity of the logical drives.

To build your storage space with the Express method:

  1. In the Enterprise View, select a system, then select a controller on that system.
  2. On the ribbon, in the Logical Device group, click Create Logical Drive.

  3. When the wizard opens, ensure that Express Configuration is selected, then click Next.

  4. Review the logical drive configuration summary.

  5. Click Finish.

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

  6. Repeat Steps 2-5 for each controller in your storage space.
  7. Partition and format your logical drives. See Partitioning and Formatting Your Logical Drives.

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