Dr_DLH
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Precision T5600 Raid Question

I received this unit and installed two 480gb SSD at 6gbs drives as my D (Data) drive.  I then added a 256 SSD at 6gbs for my C drive.  I set the two 480 drives to stripe raid with built in Raid controller on motherboard.  For some reason its not as fast as I thought it would be..  I ran Crystal Disk Mark and attached the pics below.  I use the PC to Convert Large Doc files to PDF.  I have all the docs and PDF files on the D drive. Any idea why this is not as fast as it should be?  

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Dr_DLH
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RE: Precision T5600 Raid Question

Help - I have found that the motherboard has 2 6gbs ports but cant find any documentation which ones they are?  I also found that I can add a Raid card to get 6gbs as most sata ports on this PC does not support 6gbs.  

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DELL-Jesse L
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RE: Precision T5600 Raid Question

Dr_DLH,

Below is information on the Raid setup on your system as well as the online manual.

Raid RebuildA CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. CAUTION: The Rebuilding can take some time as it is depending on the number of drives selected and drive capacities.
The replacement Hard Drive remain offline until the rebuilding process is completed.
Background Initialization
Background initialization (BGI) is the automated operation in which parity is created and written. BGI does not run on RAID 0 virtual disks. Under certain conditions, the BIOS Configuration Utility (<Ctrl><R>) displays a message if you want to stop BGI in progress. An alert message displays if BGI is in progress and you start any of the following actions:

A Full Initialization on the virtual disk
A fast initialization on the virtual disk
A consistency check on the virtual disk
The following alert message displays:

The virtual disk is undergoing a background initialization process. Would you like to stop the operation and proceed with the <full initialization/quick initialization/consistency check> instead?

Click Yes to stop the BGI and start the requested operation or No to allow BGI to continue.

A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. CAUTION: DO NOT initialize/ delete an array to prevent any data loss.
Clearing Foreign Configurations Using the VD Mgmt Menu
You can use the VD Mgmt menu to import the existing configuration to the RAID controller or clear the existing configuration. In addition, you can view the foreign drive data from the Foreign View tab without importing the configuration.

A CAUTION indicates a potential for property damage, personal injury, or death. CAUTION: DSP to reseat the HDD, ensure the HDD is properly attached before performing steps below.
When a foreign configuration exists, the BIOS banner displays the message:

Foreign configuration(s) found on adapter


In addtiton, a foreign configuration, when present, displays on the right side of the Ctrl Mgmt screen.

Perform the following steps to clear foreign configurations. 1. During bootup, press <Ctrl> <R> when prompted by the BIOS banner.
The VD Mgmt screen displays by default.
2. The VD Mgmt screen showing one of the PC drives highlighted in yellow, indicating that it is the problem drive - "Degraded" state in the right side menu under RAID Status. (Depending on the type of RAID configured, the state shown may differ. Eg. Raid 0, the State will show as "offline")
Disk State is degraded
3. Ctrl-N to navigate to PD Mgmt screen. Verify the drive in question is in a "Foreign State" - right hand menu show that there is no operation available.
No operation available
4. Ctrl-N twice to access the "Foreign View" tab. Press F2 on the keyboard. This will give you the Foreign Config option. Select "Clear" to remove the foreign config.
Clear Foreign Config
5. Finish.


Performing Manual Rebuild on Physical Disk
Manual Rebuild one failed physical disk.
1. Press <Ctrl><N> to access the PD Mgmt screen.
A list of physical disks displays. The status of each disk displays under the heading State.
2. Press the down-arrow key to highlight a physical disk that has a failed state.
3. Press <F2> to display a menu of available actions.
The Rebuild option is highlighted at the top of the menu.
4. Press the right-arrow key to display the rebuild options and select Start.

Rebuild A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer. NOTE: The screen shot above is for illustration purpose, it may be differ across controllers.
5. After you start the rebuild, press <Esc> to display the previous menu.
A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer. NOTE: You can also use the VD Mgmt screen to perform a manual rebuild. Use the arrow key to highlight a physical disk, and press <F2>. In the menu that is displayed, select the Rebuild option.

For some cases, Rebuild option is not selectable/not available (example screen as below). The NEW HDD needs to be assigned as Managed Dedicated Hot Spare before it can rebuild.
Rebuild option not available


Follow below steps when Rebuild function is inactive/not available:

1. Highlight the disk group and press F2 to bring up operations options. Select "Manage Ded. HS".
Manage Ded
2. Select the available un-configured replacement HDD by pressing "Space Bar". Then select OK.
Available un-configured replacement HDD
3. The rebuild process will start automatically. The rebuild progress is shown on the right side menu.
Rebuild Process
4. Alternatively, the tech can also view the Rebuild Progress by navigating to PD Mgmt menu by pressing Ctrl-N.
Rebuild Process by Ctrl-N
5. After the rebuild process is complete. The RAID should be restored and the state showing Optimal.
RAID in optimal state
6. Finish.
A NOTE indicates important information that helps you make better use of your computer. NOTE: If a physical disk is a member of a disk group that contains multiple virtual disks and one of the virtual disks is deleted when a rebuild operation is in progress, the rebuild operation stops. You can then resume the rebuild operation manually using a storage management application. To avoid interruption, ensure that none of the virtual disks are deleted until the rebuild is complete.
Rate of Rebuild
Several of the controller configuration settings and the virtual disk settings affect the actual rate of rebuild. The factors include the rebuild rate setting, virtual disk stripe size, virtual disk read policy, virtual disk write policy, and the amount of workload placed on the storage subsystem.

Dell Precision T5600 Drivers, Downloads and Manuals

 



 

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Dr_DLH
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RE: Precision T5600 Raid Question

Thank you Jesse but I know how to setup the raid and its working.. I just dont know where the two 6gbs sata ports are located to connect my two SSD drives to?  Can you help?

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Dr_DLH
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RE: Precision T5600 Raid Question

Or what is the best inexpensive raid card I can install to get the 6gbs on the SSD drives?  I cant believe this Model doesnt have it built in as I read in a few other areas.  

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speedstep
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RE: Precision T5600 Raid Question

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816115075

 

 

HighPoint RocketRAID 620 PCI-Express 2.0 x1 SATA III (6.0Gb/s) Controller Card

 

 


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DELL-Jesse L
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RE: Precision T5600 Raid Question

Dr_DLH,

Below is the image of the motherboard and the nomenclature. Also, the system was shipped with 4 different MB modifications. I am not sure which one you have installed or even if the information is relevant to your issue.


Storage Mode Options
Option Label Description Mod Number
A Entry

4 ports of SCU (SATA 3Gb/s support only)
Use the ISRM for SATA RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 (Baseline)
VCJ0V
B Basic

Add 3Gb/s SAS support
Use the ISRM for SATA/SAS RAID 0, 1, 10
9XTT6
D Performance

Adds additional 4 ports of 3Gb/s SCU SATA or SAS ( a total of 8); PCIe Gen 3 uplink to CPU
VD83H
T Premium RAID

Adds support for SW RAID5 on SCU ports
Use the ISRM for SATA/SAS RAID 0,1,10, 5, ROL
TM74P

Image

Click for a high resolution photo of the system board.
1 Remote Power Connector (PWR_REMOTE) 19 Intruder (USB3_REAR_INTRUDER)
2 Front Panel & USB 2.0 Connector (FRONTPANEL_USB1) 20 Memory Module Connectors for CPU2 (DIMM1/3_CPU2)
3 Internal USB 2.0 Connector (INT_USB1) 21 Fan Connector for CPU2(FAN_CPU2)
4 Main Power Connector-24 pin (POWER1) 22 Secondary Processor Connector (CPU2)
5 SATA Connectors (HDD0-HDD3 & SATA0-1) 23 Memory Module Connectors for second CPU (DIMM2/4_CPU2)
6 Fan Connector for CPU1 (FAN_CPU1) 24 Front Panel Audio Connector (FP_AUDIO)
7 SAS Connector (SAS1) 25 Memory Module Connectors for primary CPU (DIMM1/3_CPU1)
8 RTC Reset Jumper (RTCRST) 26 Power Connector 1 (POWER_CPU1)
9 Battery Socket (BATTERY) 27 Hard Drive Fan Connector (FAN_HDD1)
10 Internal USB 2.0 Connector (INT_USB2) 28 System Fan Connector 1 (FAN_SYS1)
11 Power Connector 2(POWER_CPU2) 29 Primary Processor Connector (CPU1)
12 PCI Slot (SLOT6) 30 Memory Module Connectors for primary CPU (DIMM2/4_CPU1)
13 PCIe x16 slot (PCIe 2.0 wired as x4) (SLOT5) 31 System Fan Connector 2 (FAN_SYS2)
14 PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot (SLOT4) 32 Password Jumper (PSWD)
15 PCIe 2.0 x1 Slot (SLOT3) 33 Auxiliary Hard-drive LED Connector (AUX_LED)
16 PCIe 3.0 x16 Slot (SLOT2) Accelerated Graphic Port 34 HDD Temperature Sensor Connector (HDD_TEMP)
17 PCIe x16 Slot (PCIe 3.0 wired as x4) (SLOT1) 35 System Fan Connector 3 (FAN_SYS3)
18 USB 3.0 Front Panel Connector(USB_FP) 36 Internal Speaker Connector (INT_SPKR)




 



 

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Dr_DLH
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RE: Precision T5600 Raid Question

Yes that is my board, I guess i need to purchase a Raid card.. Any recommendations...

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Dr_DLH
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RE: Precision T5600 Raid Question

Also not familiar with SAS connector.. is that only one for one Drive only?

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DELL-Jesse L
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RE: Precision T5600 Raid Question

Dr_DLH,

it could be used for a tape drive. Yes, it is the only one.

 



 

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