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RAID 5 Configuration on NSS300 Series (Except NSS322)


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Apr 26th, 2016
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RAID 5 is a disk arrangement that allows for high availability through disk striping and parity. The array combines three or more disks and is often chosen in database environments for its storage efficiency. With RAID 5, if one entire disk in the array fails, the drive can be replaced with no downtime or data loss.

Applicable Devices

This document is applicable to the NSS300 Series Devices capable of performing RAID 6

  • NSS324
  • NSS326

Configuring RAID 5 from Initial Setup

Step 1. Boot the NSS with three or more hard drives installed. Step 2. The front display will prompt for RAID configuration.

Config. Disks? ⇒ RAID5

Step 3. Use the Select button to find RAID5. Press Enter. Press Enter again to confirm.

Step 4. The NSS will prompt for encrypting the drives. Press Select to toggle and Enter to continue.

Encrypt Volume? Yes / ⇒ No

Step 5. The NSS will display the progress of creating the RAID 5 volume.

Creating... RAID6 97%

Step 6. After the volume is initialized, further configuration can be done through the NSS Discovery Tool or the Management GUI.

Configuring RAID 5 using the GUI Administration Application

Step 1. Using the Network Storage Configuration utility, choose Disk Management > Volume Management.

Step 2. Click RAID 5 Disk Volume.

Step 3. Select the 3 or more drives you wish to configure with RAID 5.

Step 4. Click Create.

Step 5. A box will pop up asking if you want to continue, click OK.

  • Creation of the RAID 5 volume may take up to 10 minutes. The NSS will beep twice when done.
  • After beeping, the drives will synchronize. This may take several hours to complete depending on disk size and number of drives.


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