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How to create a Virtual Disk on a Dell Raid Controller Series 10 and 11

Summary: How to create a Virtual Disk on a Dell Raid Controller Series 10 and 11 using the system settings menu.

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This article explains how to create a Virtual Disk using the System Settings menu with a PERC 10 and PERC 11 on a Dell PowerEdge server. Alternatively, the Virtual Disk can also be created from the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) web interface.


  1. Enter the System Setup by pressing F2 during system start.

  2. Click on Device Settings.
    SLN307603_en_US__1PERC10_BIOS_VD_CREATION (1)
    Figure 1: System Setup Main Menu

  3. Click on the desired RAID controller device.
    SLN307603_en_US__2PERC10_BIOS_VD_CREATION (2)

  4. Click on Main Menu.
    Figure 3: Dashboard View Menu

  5. Click on Configuration Management.
    SLN307603_en_US__3PERC10_BIOS_VD_CREATION (3)
    Figure 4: Configuration Utility Main Menu

  6. Click on Create Virtual Disk
    SLN307603_en_US__4PERC10_BIOS_VD_CREATION (4)
    Figure 5: Configuration Management Menu

  7. The following list of options are now displayed to define the Virtual Disk parameters:

    • Select RAID level — allows you to choose the RAID level of your choice.
    • Secure Virtual Disk — If you want to create a secured virtual disk, select Secure Virtual Disk.
      The Secure Virtual Disk option is enabled and selected by default, only if the security key has been configured. Only SED physical disks are listed.
    • Select Physical Disks From — allows you to select one of the physical disk capacities:
      • Unconfigured Capacity: creates a virtual disk on unconfigured physical disks.
      • Free Capacity: utilizes unused physical disk capacity that is already part of a virtual disk.
    • Slect Physical Disks — If you want to select the physical disks from which the virtual disks are being created, click Select Physical Disks. This option is displayed if you select Unconfigured Capacity as your physical disk capacity.
    • Select Disk Groups — If you want to select the disk groups from which the virtual disks are being created, click Select Disk Group. This option is displayed if you select Free Capacity as your physical disk capacity.
    • Configure Virtual Disk Parameters — allows you to set the virtual disk parameters when creating the virtual disk. For more information, see Configuring virtual disk parameters.
  8. Click on Select Physical Disks.
    SLN307603_en_US__6PERC10_BIOS_VD_CREATION (5)
    Figure 6: Create Virtual Disk Menu

  9. Choose the desired drives and click on Apply Changes.
    SLN307603_en_US__7PERC10_BIOS_VD_CREATION (6)
    Figure 7: Drive Selection

  10. When the action was performed successfully, click on OK.
    SLN307603_en_US__8PERC10_BIOS_VD_CREATION (7)
    Figure 8: Success Confirmation

  11. Name the new Virtual Disk and choose the desired settings.

  12. Click on Create Virtual Disk.
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    Figure 9: Create Virtual Disk

  13. Check Confirm and click on Yes.
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    Figure 10: Confirm Virtual Disk Creation

  14. The Virtual Disk is created successfully. Click on Ok.



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Affected Product

PowerEdge RAID Controller H745P MX, PowerEdge RAID Controller H740P, PowerEdge RAID Controller H840

Last Published Date

11 Mar 2022



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