Dell PowerEdge: How to create a Virtual Disk through the System Setup on 14G servers?

Summary: How to create a Virtual Disk on a Dell Raid Controller (PERC 10) using the system settings of a Dell PowerEdge 14G server.

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This article explains how to create a Virtual Disk using the System Settings menu with a PERC 10 on a Dell PowerEdge server of the 14th generation. 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)
    Figure 2: Device Menu

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

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

  6. 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.
      SLN307603_en_US__5icon NOTE: 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.
    • Select 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.


  7. Click on Select Physical Disks.
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    Figure 5: Create Virtual Disk Menu

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

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

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

  11. Click on Create Virtual Disk.
    SLN307603_en_US__9PERC10_BIOS_VD_CREATION (8)
    Figure 8: Create Virtual Disk

  12. Check Confirm and click on Yes.
    SLN307603_en_US__10PERC10_BIOS_VD_CREATION (9)
    Figure 9: Confirm Virtual Disk Creation

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

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PowerEdge C6400, PowerEdge C6420, PowerEdge FC640, PowerEdge M640, PowerEdge R440, PowerEdge R540, PowerEdge R640, PowerEdge R740, PowerEdge R740xd, PowerEdge R940, PowerEdge T440, PowerEdge T640, Precision 7920 Rack

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021



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